Wednesday 3 February 2016

Book ~ "Wildflower" (2015) Drew Barrymore

From Goodreads ~ Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she's achieved today. 

"Wildflower" is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. 

It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understoo, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today.

Drew Barrymore has led an interesting life.  On her paternal side, she comes from a family of actors.  Her father and mother, both hippies, split up before she was born.  To help pay the bills, her mother got her acting jobs when she was young.  As a preteen, Drew was smoking, drinking and doing drugs.  She ended up spending 18 months in an institution for the mentally ill.  When she was 14, she petitioned for emancipation and was declared an adult.  As Drew got older, she became rebellious but was determined to be an actress and producer and eventually settled down.  She is now happily married to husband #3 and the mother of their two daughters.

This book is a collection of stories of her life and experiences, in no particular order.  Drew tells about having her children, meeting her husband and his family, taking care of her father when he was dying, her dogs, making movies with Adam Sandler, becoming an ambassador for the UN and building a school in Africa, learning how to do laundry and lots more.

I found the stories entertaining.  It was interesting to get an insight into different parts of her life.  There's no dirt or gossip.  I liked the writing style.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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