Monday, September 5, 2016
Review: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
Author: Drew Barrymore
Publication Date: 27 October 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia
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. (summary from Goodreads)
Wildflower offers not only insight into Barrymore's life, but insight into life in general, into friendship, love and family.
I've always liked Drew Barrymore as an actor so I was eager to read Wildflower. I really enjoyed it. It reads like an anthology of short stories. That's how Barrymore promotes Wildflower - everyone has stories to tell, these are hers. They're not in chronological order or organised in any way that I can discern. They're simply stories of the moments or experiences that have impacted and even changed Barrymore's life. Some are lighthearted, others a little darker. Some are funny, others sad. The greatest thing about Wildflower is Barrymore's style of writing. Wildflower reads very much like you're simply listening to a friend tell stories. It helps that Barrymore has such a distinct voice - and I mean that literally. The way Barrymore speaks, her accent and such, is easily recognisable. So I found myself reading Wildflower entirely in her voice. It added a dynamic that I liked. The feel is that Barrymore is personally sharing pieces of herself with us. And some of those pieces must have been hard to share. Barrymore's focus throughout Wildflower is very much on the positive - even when she mentions the worst of times, there's a lesson or an effect that is positive. You can certainly see how Barrymore has grown. It's really quite inspirational to read.
Wildflower bares a lot of Barrymore's heart. It's a profound, often hilarious, and very moving read.