A close friend of mine who passed away within the last 10 years passed this book along to me along with all kinds of scribbles that she wrote throughout the book. Needless to say, I met her in rehab. I tried so hard to help her and her girlfriend get their lives back on track, unfortunately she stole my credit cards along with $10,000 my identity, and when I was in jail she passed away. However, I love her spirit. I loved it no matter what she did right or wrong. And what I am bringing away from our friendship is this book. So, I am now the manager at the Daiquiri Deck and Siesta Key Village in Florida. I am one of the only females in this ginormous umbrella of men. This year, I realize that one of the things that us women have in common as our love for books and reading and inspiration . So, I decided to start our first book club. I have never been a part of a book club nor have I ever initiated a book club so I’m not quite sure how it’s gonna work out but the first book that we are going to read and share together is your book. I have been searching for it for years for I could not remember the name of it! For some reason I thought it was called sugar lol! I found it today on my fourth trip to the re-used bookstore in the last month. I am not quite sure what made me remember what it was or if finally google figured it out when I was trying to explain it… I just want you to know what an inspirational woman you are. Wish as well!
I read many stories of those in foster care, as I had that experience in my childhood in Chicago, as well. This was an extraordinarily painful story written with clarity and truth. Riveting. My hope is Cup is able to use her experience and talent to help kids to keep them from such harm and hatred. Foster parents need greater oversight, training and legal repercussions and removal from the system if they can't love their charges. I'm writing my story also but my life really was a piece of cake compared to hers. Blessings.
Wow Cupcake I have just finished your book what an amazing person you are to have journeyed through all the obstacles that were thrown at you and to have come out the other side.Your strength,courage and ability to have written a book so personal and heartbreaking is a true testament of the your faith in god and whanau in getting you to where you are today.What an amazing lady your book had me in tears so many time to think of someone so young living and surviving all of the atrocities that happened to you.I hope your days are now filled with love.
WOW! Preacher was right – you were meant for greatness! Thank you for posting a picture, it's wonderful to see that sparkling smile! Gorgeous lady! I'm writing specifically because of something you wrote " We weren't related by blood, we were related by love". I was adopted at birth and my family says "blood may be thicker than water, but love is thicker than blood." I glad we came to the same conclusion. I may borrow your take on it. absolutely beautiful. thank you for being brave enough to write your story down and share it. Thank you.
My mom bought your book for me this past Christmas. She heard you speaking on t.v. or the radio not sure but she knows I love to read. A fellow student from SDSU as well and in recovery. Your book is on point. I salute you sister and cant wait for another book. I sit waiting patiently….Sincerely, Crystal Lee
Dear Cup, Forgive me for calling you Cup as I don't know you personally but I feel as if I do as i have spent the last two days clinching the pages of your book.i just finished and was in tears. I finished reading it 30 minutes ago and I'm still crying. Just so overwhelmed with emotion and love for you. Especially that little 11 year old girl, I am especially showering her with so much love. I grew up in the streets of East L.A. Boyle Heights to be exact and although I'm 45 now and live a very different life girl, you brought back all kinds of memories. My name wasn't Lori Norman then, it's been a while since I thought of that time in my young life. Thank you, thank you for your courage, you are truly such an amazing force and I feel so humbled by your story. Your memoir has profoundly touched me and my heart feels expanded as a result of reading it. Many continued blessings to you and your soul family. Just thank you.