Wildflower

Wildflower

Book - 2015
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"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 understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781101983799
1101983795
Characteristics: x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Patricia_18
Jun 17, 2017

I feel sorry for child actors. Drew not only was forced into financially supporting her family from babyhood, but also had the curse of the Barrymore legacy in her DNA. Drew has navigated a difficult life with grace and dignity and not more than a little wry humor at the absurdity of it all. Her vignettes range from the painful to the witty and include her search for spiritual guidance to make sense of her world. Drew's poignant story of her relationship with her gardener was especially exquisite. An enlightening read of the good, bad, & downright ugly voyage of a child of Hollywood royalty.

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

I had a feeling that I would end up liking this as much as I did. In Wildflower , Drew walks us through (not chronologically) stories in her life. I would not constitute this as an auto-biography or memoir, but it definitely has that aura and feeling to it. We barely get a glimpse into her childhood, but I think what we get to see is fine enough. You can tell it's a slightly difficult topic for her, especially her mother, so I felt that what she told us was fair enough.

I laughed, I teared up, and I was amazed at how much I didn't know about Drew. She's very zen, peaceful, and enthusiastic about life and I can appreciate that. I loved that she narrated her own audiobook; it felt more organic and real.

triptophan Feb 11, 2017

Wildflower is confusing. I didn't understand what Ms. Barrymore meant by Joshua Tree. (I had to look it up) Then she starts talking about her kids' astrological signs when they were born. l don't understand what that has to do with anything. All, Drew did was write about how she couldn't do laundry and how she quit her first job at a coffeehouse. And, went back to acting. This book, Wildflower, is not as good as Drew Barrymore's first: Little Girl Lost, where she wrote about her drug and alcohol addiction from the time she was eight years-old. I recommend that book, Little Girl Lost instead of Wildflower. I like some of Drew's movies, but, I think this book, Wildflower is written out-of sequence. Because, she writes about her past then Drew goes to her present life and the book is just off-balance.

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shouse87
Jun 22, 2016

LOVED THIS BOOK!
"... it takes every step to get where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there. No life is without them, so what are yours, and what did you do with the lessons? That is the only way to live."

-Drew Barrymore in her book Wildflower

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pattyskypants
Apr 23, 2016

I didn't think it was vulgar at all, but I enjoyed her point of view and her slight detachment from who she "is."

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shlby69m
Feb 17, 2016

I loved it! Some comments say she was vulgar, What!? Maybe twice? this is real life! The child of some wild parents! She was tactful and real. Warts and all. I can't wait for another one from her.

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mrmcdaniel
Feb 08, 2016

A great look inside the life of a beloved American actress. She's honest and bold. I could have done without the cussing, but again this is an honest look at Drew. Thank you Drew for giving the world a deeper view!

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Lorrwayne
Jan 24, 2016

Sort of liked the book but the language was not for me. She didn't have to be so vulgar, skipped many paragraphs in this book. Amusing!

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ScaryM
Jan 11, 2016

I liked reading Drew's stories - and she says that right off the top that these are some of her stories, and it's not a chronological or detailed telling of her whole life. It's not a heavy memoir, it's a fun light read, and her charm and infectious enthusiasm and optimism shine through. She's worked hard and played hard; she's self aware and appropriately apologetic; she's learned lessons that continue to guide her life, and she continues to grow like the flowers she loves.
Drew's persona is sweet but strong, ultimately positive and light - as is her book. I can forgive what some others call a messy writing style - to me she writes like she speaks, and isn't trying to create literature here - she's telling us stories!
I for one would pull up a chair and listen to more.

Cynthia_N Jan 02, 2016

Not more than a few of her life stories but it was interesting.

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Feb 08, 2016

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