Drew Barrymore is one of my favourite actresses, as she seems like such a lovely, down to earth person. Her book Wildflower, shares details of her upbringing from the early days of living in a duplex with her mum, to having 2 kids of her own now.
Even when I was only a few pages in, I loved the metaphor of the wildflower, blossoming in an often desolate location, looking totally out of place but still absolutely beautiful. The wildflower is a symbol of hope, uniqueness and growth. Who cares if you stand out and aren’t fully accepting of the norm? When you can grow and flourish in the most unexpected of places and not really give a damn whether you’re the only one doing it there or in that way! I’d like to welcome a bit more wildflower mentality into the way that I live!
So, back to the book. Drew makes some really interesting points which were actually poignant enough to make me have a few moments of tears throughout the book. Not that she was telling sad stories at all, but the way she saw certain situations and describing the beauty she saw in things made me think… A LOT! I tend to read books while I’m on the bus, and crying on the bus randomly wouldn’t be my favourite thing to do, so I had to control myself a bit haha! Most people probably wouldn’t be brought to a little sniffle, but I am a VERY emotional person and more so recently for some reason… one moment I can be the happiest thing, and the next I’m all internal and feeling sad for absolutely no reason at all.
Again, sorry, I’m meant to be writing about the book.
She had a pretty tough childhood of not really being a child; starting work from such a young age and being thrust into the limelight so early really forced her to grow up fast and her family situation was also instrumental in her quick maturing process. However, as she does say in the book, later on in her twenties, she wanted to cling on to her youth and the freedom that is meant to come with it. She describes some wild moments where her rebellious side kicked in and I admire how she remembers how she felt in those moments but also views them from her current perspectives.
As a mother of two little girls, she has changed and developed so much in her views on life. She describes herself as almost an ‘overbearing mother’ making sure her children never feel neglected and doing her very best to make there upbringing as perfect as possible (right down to taking them to classes etc. and making sure their bedroom was an exact temperature and that it was dark enough). I don’t know if this is just personal opinion (probably!) as I have never been a mother, and those who are may read this book differently, but I can imagine her being a little uptight and a bit overprotective… but as I can imagine modern-day mummies all saying is “you won’t understand until you’ve had your own children” which I totally agree with. Until I have carried and given birth to my own child, I will not understand the feelings that overwhelm a mother; to protect that child with every effort and as much energy as is necessary.
There is no chronological order to the book; the chapters jump from her ET days to being a mother, and back to being a child or teenager. This also works for the book to be a pleasurable read. I am not sure of the order the chapters were chosen to be in, but it works, and you develop a good understanding of who she is and why she is that way through the chapter order she has chosen. It seems like a train of thought; like she may have sat down to write a list of moments that have shaped her life and then just kept the book in the order that these came to her? I will never know, I can only presume.
One thing I do think is really sad is her recent divorce from her husband and the father to her 2 children, Will Kopelman. After reading the book and seeing a brief little insight into how they met and how their relationship developed, and especially when the chapter is named ‘Door Number One’, it is really sad to think that that is another relationship that didn’t last. ‘Door Number One’ is pertaining to TV show ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ and that the prize behind door number one is what you want and there’s no need to see what is behind the other doors; you have the best prize right there and don’t need to know any more. This is how her friend describes Will. So it is really sad that their relationship didn’t make it… but as a lot of us know, forcing a relationship will only make things worse further down the line.
I may be biased because I think Drew is a fabulous person, but I definitely recommend this book as quite a nice easy-read sort of book, and even more so if you like Drew too! I didn’t want to pin-point too many moments in the book because then there would be no point in you reading it, and I think if you’re reading this post, then you should read the book.
Since I am thinking of doing a series of portraits of the famous people I admire and just in general think are cool, I think this is the perfect place to start! So here is my portrait of Drew:
Hope you like it! 🙂 Many more drawings and arty bits to come!!!