I finished A Piece of Cake last night.
This was an extremely compelling look in to the life of a woman who as see and done it all.
Want to know how to obtain and smoke crack? Read this book
Want to know how to join a gang in the drop of a hat? Read this book
Want to learn about every kind of illegal drug there is out there? Read this book
What to learn how to rip of furniture rental stores? Read this book
What to learn how easy it is for an 11 year old to become a prostitute? Read this book
Want to learn about how easy it is for an 11 year old orphan to fall through the cracks in the system? Read this book?
Want to learn how fake a resume and how NOT to keep a job? Read this book.
There were a few things I grappled with in this book. The biggest; if in fact "Cup", (as she is affectionately called through out the book) was in fact drunk, high and stoned for all most 15 years straight how on earth was she able to remember her life events so vividly? Enough so, to write over 300 pages about this time period in her life remembering names of people, places, streets, drugs with such detail that it seemed to be happening now? It was really quite odd. I would assume that anyone who spent that much time in another world or blacked out wouldn't remember anything. Although, there is rarely a mention of any actual dates in the book.
I found this book on one note completely and utterly disturbing. A portrait of how such a young girl struck by tragedy could feel through the cracks in a system that is supposedly there to help children and so quickly at that. How is it possible that this happened? How could no one believe the abuse? Is this system we have in place really that horrible?
I also found this book very hopeful. If one person really wants to take charge of their life and stays determined they can change their life around. I found my self cheering for Cup in the end. It left me with a warm feeling inside. After everything she had been through, she was able to pull herself out of it and live a productive life. There are so many people in the world who either choose a way in life Cup didn't or, who are unable to get out. This book shows it doesn't have to be that way.
Next up: Julie and Julia -- Julie Powell