A Piece Of Chocolate Brown 's Life Is Defined By A Whirlwind Of Devastating Lows And Destruction

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A Piece of Cake Book Review
From drug addict to lawyer, Cupcake Brown’s life is defined by a whirlwind of devastating lows and destruction. A Piece of Cake: A Memoir exposes Brown’s painful childhood, struggle with drug addiction and her journey to recovery. Brown’s memoir may appeal to a wide variety of audiences including people who are not familiar with the cycle of addiction or individuals who are in the maintenance phase of recovery and are unsure of their capabilities. Even with addicts, the concept that “one can do anything they set their mind to” still applies. The targeted audience of her book could also be young minority women who believe the odds are against them because of their current life circumstances. Brown chooses a three part structure in order to communicate that addicts can completely recover despite their uncontrollable addiction.
In the first third of her book she describes what seems to be a never ending cycle of events meant to destroy her. At age 11, she enters a life characterized by prostitution, abuse, drugs, alcohol and gang activities. The author did a superb job of reiterating how young she was throughout this section of her memoir, signifying her immaturity. Her experiences made her physically mature, however, her way of thinking and processing the world around her was tainted. As a young girl this prevented appropriate judgement on her part because she did not have the proper guidance or knowledge to want better for herself. This sets up an…

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