Free Cyntoia - Cyntoia Brown-Long

Free Cyntoia

By Cyntoia Brown-Long

  • Release Date: 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 155 Ratings


NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Biography/Autobiography

In her own words, Cyntoia Brown shares the riveting and redemptive story of how she changed her life for the better while in prison, finding hope through faith after a traumatic adolescence of drug addiction, rape, and sex trafficking led to a murder conviction.

Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed at the age of sixteen. Her case became national news when celebrities and activists made the hashtag #FreeCyntoia go viral in 2017. She was granted full clemency after having served fifteen years, walking out a free woman on August 7, 2019.

This is her story, in her own words.

In these pages, written over the fifteen years she was incarcerated, Cyntoia shares the difficult early life that lead to that fateful night and how she found the strength to not only survive, but thrive, in prison.

A coming-of-age memoir set against the shocking backdrop of a life behind bars, Free Cyntoia takes you on a spiritual journey as Cyntoia struggles to overcome a legacy of family addiction and a lifetime of feeling ostracized and abandoned by society.

Born to a teenage alcoholic mother who was also a victim of sex trafficking, Brown reflects on the isolation, low self-esteem, and sense of alienation that drove her straight into the hands of a predator.

Though she attempts to build a positive path and honor the values her beloved adoptive mother taught her, Cyntoia succumbs to harmful influences that drive her to a cycle of promise and despair. After a fateful meeting with a prison educator turned mentor, Cyntoia makes the pivotal decision to take classes at Lipscomb University and strive for a better future, even if she’s never freed.

For the first time ever, Cyntoia shares the details of her transformation, including a profound encounter with God, an unlikely romance, and an unprecedented outpouring of support from social media advocates and A-list celebrities, which ultimately lead to clemency and her release from prison.

Giving a rare look at the power of love, forgiveness, and self-discovery in the darkest of places, Free Cyntoia is a deeply personal portrait of one woman’s journey for redemption within a system that had failed her from childhood.


  • Beautiful

    By cupcakesam10
    Amazing story!!! yes by the grace of god!! I am giving this book to my daughter to read!!! A well told memoir.
  • Couldn’t ask for anything more

    By Lalalanikki527
    This book is amazing. I can’t stop reading it, it’s so good.
  • Free cyntioya

    By Jazzahmadi
    The book was amazing, inspiring , I cryed couldn’t put the book down . Makes you think of all the people that are behind bars that should have a chance at starting over being free . Jesus is powerful and got her out !!!!
  • Strong and a survivor

    By Realrose702
    Her story ❤️
  • Very Inspiring!

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    I hope that Cyntoia can really stay on the right track. Very powerful story and work of God!!
  • Such an amazing book!

    By glo0607
    I started reading this book once it became available. I preordered it and counted down the days to finally be able to read it. Every chance I got I read, it was so hard to put it down. Even if I was only able to read a sentence at the moment that was good enough for me. Only took 2 days to finish and I’ll read it all over again. Such an amazing story, well written. So happy she’s gotten a second chance, this book gave me so much hope. Such a beautiful person, determined to not get lost in this injustice system. This new journey she’s on is WELL DESERVED!!