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Wildflower

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  19,227 ratings  ·  2,474 reviews
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
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Audiobook, 7 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Wendy She has half-siblings, but I think the claims of no siblings is probably more in reference to the fact that she didn't grow up with them. She grew up…moreShe has half-siblings, but I think the claims of no siblings is probably more in reference to the fact that she didn't grow up with them. She grew up as an only child, basically. (less)
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Lola
Jun 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Drew claims that she has read A TON of books in her life, and yet her writing is juvenile: simplistic and overly repetitive. In other words, I felt like it was written by a 13-year-old who couldn't even settle on a time period, alternating between past, present and future depending on her mood. Has she learned nothing from the books she supposedly read?

Furthermore, it bothered me that Drew had only one female role model, but 1314525246 male role models she spoke of like they were mighty and wise
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Diane
Drew Barrymore has infectious enthusiasm. Her adorableness and zest for life have made her an appealing actress and an inviting storyteller.

Wildflower is a collection of stories from Drew's life. There are a few chapters about Drew's childhood, but the book isn't in chronological order. The stories jump around and are randomly arranged, which was a bit confusing, but it also fits with Drew's free-spirited style.

My favorite stories were about Drew's travels around the world, and some behind-the-s
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Miranda Reads
Such a down-to-earth book from a former wild child

I really liked the tone she set from the very start of the book:
Memoir seemed heavy to me and I wanted this to be light. This is a book you can dip into or listen to whenever you like.
Very true. Her book seamlessly wove back and forth in time as she connects her rocky childhood to her unstable teens to her free young-adult years until finally she reaches her solid and dependable adulthood.

Much of her crazy-behavior was completely explained
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HFK
It is hard to say anything about Wildflower without comparing it to Goldie Hawn's A Lotus Grows in the Mud because these two are very similar works from women who have more in common with each other than they may realize.

Both of these women decided to tell their story through mini stories, through people they have met, through incidents in their lives, small and big, instead of writing an memoir with strict rules and demands. It worked extremely well with ALGinM but made Wildflower look like a c
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Helene Jeppesen
This autobiography both gave me what I was hoping for, but it also disappointed me in some parts. I was interested to read this because I admire Drew Barrymore and think she must have had quite an extraordinary life so far. Also, I had to get it because of that stunning cover - let's be honest.
This book was a mix of very different chapters. They differ in length, content, honesty, and chronology. I didn't really mind because it kept the book fresh in a way, but I did feel like there was an inco
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Cait • A Page with a View
Ok, I honestly picked this up because of the photogenic cover. I'm not really huge on autobiographies or lives of celebrities, but Drew Barrymore seems cool. I mean, I like some of her movies. Why not check this out...

This book was more of a collection of individual short stories that skipped around Drew's life instead of some grand life story, which I loved. You can totally tell she wrote it and there's a sense of her free spirit in the organization.

I liked hearing her own reflections of a lot
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Snotchocheez
I have much respect for Drew Barrymore the actress, producer, entrepeneur, humanitarian, etc. Not only did she co-star in one of the first movies I lined up for--and loved---at the movie theater (of course, "E.T"), but also produced (and cameo'd in) one of my favorite movies ever: "Donnie Darko") Though I knew she had a rough time growing up (I haven't read her first book of her childhood travails), I was glad to hear she was happy and relishing her new role as the perfect mom to her two daughte ...more
Lala BooksandLala
It's not the greatest writing you'll ever encounter...but Drew Barrymore has been my spirit animal since I was 5, so...
Gabby
3.5 Stars
What a perfect way to kick off June! I love Drew Barrymore - her enthusiasm and charisma is contagious and this audiobook was fantastic! (I highly recommend the audiobook because Drew’s narration is freaking amazing!)

This is a collection of stories about Drew’s life. The one nit picky thing I have to say is that since these stories aren’t told in any kind of chronological order, they kind of feel random and all over the place, but that’s just me. I would’ve liked a more constructed stor
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My_Strange_Reading
#mystrangereading Wildflower by Drew Barrymore ⭐⭐⭐ (2.5 stars) I listened to the audiobook and oh my goodness, Barrymore is freaking hilarious as a voice actress. I appreciate that she tells you right up front what this book is--its not deep, not a memoir, not a complete story but instead small snapshots into her life. I enjoyed it, but struggled with good long it was. It just goes on and on and on which killed it for me. If you like her as an actress, you probably will enjoy this but be warned ...more
Liz
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I've stated several times before, there is always an intimacy with listening to memoirs, read by the author, on audiobook. Sometimes they can be heartbreaking and uplifting, almost as if you are having a personal conversation with the writer. Unfortunately, for me, Wildflower fell just short of this.

While filled with funny, touching, heartwarming, and heartbreaking stories, Ms. Barrymore's performance was just that. A performance. I never felt as if she were telling me the stories she wrote d
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Krista Wright
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drew Barrymore is just so lovely and charming! I have always been a huge fan of her movies, and now I just want to go marathon every movie she's ever done! This is a light-hearted memoir about moments in her life that stand out to her, or changed her in some sort of way. Through all of the experiences she shares, she doesn't take anything too seriously and this book just comes across as being genuine.
Sarah
Apr 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I still like Drew but this was so boring & bad.

The chapters were not done chronologically which really annoyed me. Her chapters dealt with different topics. So she kept jumping back and forward in time and I had no idea which Drew we were dealing with. There was innocent child Drew, working child Drew, messy teenage Drew, wild child Drew, sensible Drew, working Drew, single Drew, Mommy Drew and more that I can't remember. She would tell a story (always about the most random things) and I wo
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Marla
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I've always liked Drew Barrymore and thought she was a quirky person. I'm glad I got to listen to this book with Drew reading it. I learned so much about her and the struggles she went through as a child actor, becoming an emancipated adult at the age of 14 and not knowing how to do anything including laundry and now as a Mom. She is a beautiful soul and I like her even more knowing what kind of person she is, is the person I thought she might be. I think she would be a lot of fun to hang out wi ...more
Ashley Daviau
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore Drew Barrymore so I just knew I would love this book and I absolutely did! It was so interesting to get an insight into what made her into the person she is today. I liked that it was a total retelling of her life from start to finish and was just bits and pieces of stories from here and there. My only complaint is that they weren’t in chronological order so I got a little confused in the timelines. Other than that though I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Rebecca McNutt
I think Drew Barrymore has had an interesting life, and she's not a bad actress, having appeared in numerous films from Firestarter to Donnie Darko, but something about her writing is just dull and doesn't seem to really show who she is as a person. It's like even in this memoir, she's playing a role and being whatever the audience expects her to be. That said, I don't think it's the fault of her as an author. I've noticed that a lot of these celebrity memoirs have had all the reality sucked out ...more
Wendy MacKnight
Okay, so I love Drew and I expected that she would be charming and sweet in this book and she is, but it is a difficult read in places. Some of the stories are actually kind of dull and while there is a thread running through this book - emotionally abused and neglected girl works harder than anyone else and is insecure and wants to be loved - her editor should have helped her sort some of these out more. Drew is the ultimate success story, and she has a tale to tell, about the difficulty of sha ...more
Holly
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Some chapters I liked better than others but one thing remains true, I have & will always be a fan of Drew Barrymore.
Susan Johnson
This is not really a autobiography or a memoir but a set of short stories of memorable moments in Drew Barrymore's life. Some are interesting and some I've heard more than once. I was actually watching David Letterman on the night she climbed on his neck and showed her breasts off to him as a birthday present.

You feel sorry for her and her lost childhood. You applaud Steven Spielberg for stepping in and providing a father figure. You admire her apparent lack of bitterness towards her parents a
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Melissa
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve enjoyed many of Drew Barrymore’s films throughout the years. I even decided that she would be the one to portray me in a movie about my life. When I saw she had a book out, I was definitely interested in reading it, so I did what I do with most celebrity memoirs: I listened to the audio version.

Drew is a delight to listen to from beginning to end. Her voice is friendly and easygoing. She’s able to laugh at herself and make her listeners feel like they’re in on the joke. Her stories range fr
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Deborah Cottrell
Beautiful child star who shines

I choose this rating not only because I knew any Drew wrote would be awesome. But I awestruck on how she made it out of the Barrymore family, that had such tragedies,t to become this awesome,wonderful,soulful woman. This book brought me closer to understanding who she is and how she became a great mother, wife, actress,director, writer and own her own successful production company. A MUST READ, NAMASTE to this wonderful woman who tells her story with respect to her
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Gina *loves sunshine*
I listened to this on audio and Drew narrates it herself which makes the story as cute and bubbly as she is! A really fun collection of stories about her adventures as a child actor, a business partner, a friend, a mom. Big gushes about her love for Spielberg, Adam Sandler, Her business partners, her daughters and her husband and in-laws....and her love for flowers :)
Kim
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little tidbits about her life. I really like her on “Santa Clarita Diet.”
Katherine
”Let us all be like them and defy tradition, and yet create our own traditions at the same time. Let us all be wildflowers!”

Celebrity memoirs have always fascinated me, because it’s a chance for stars to tell their own side of the story without any interference from the press or paparazzi. They have control over what’s being shared and what they prefer to keep private. Drew Barrymore’s memoir (?) is no exception.

To be honest, I haven’t seen many of Drew Barrymore’s films. I refuse to see E.T.
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Lisa
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drew is such an inspiration. I have grown up with her and loved her my entire life. A lot of people will be disappointed that this is not some kind of tell all, but that's exactly why I love it. Each short chapter is a love letter, and Drew and the word love go hand in hand. There's no dirt in here, only love. I can relate to her so easily (the chapter about her dogs had me bawling). You can tell the book was written BY her (unlike the last one) it's totally in her voice. That Sherman Oaks valle ...more
Rissa
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Drew and getting to "know" her on a more personal level was so fun. I loved her childhood stories i think my favorite is that she moved out when she was 14 and got an apartment but didnt know how to do laundry. I really liked the book and all the stories she decided to share but i do wish that the book was more chronological. I found myself asking when did this happen? she talked of her kids and then past boyfriends, first movies and i would have preferred a more uniform setu ...more
Anne ✨
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so refreshing and down to earth, with many comedic moments. The silly side of Drew shines through! Rather than a long linear telling, she tells snippets of experiences from her life, illustrating her coming of age into a beautiful, authentic, centered, woman/wife/mother. I didn't realize her youth had been so challenging, she's come a long way, and tells her story with heart and humor! It was fun listening to her narrate this, I smiled and laughed throughout! Now I want to go and watch ...more
Jess | thegreeneyedreader
3/5 ⭐⭐⭐ stars - I listened to the audiobook of #Wildflower by #DrewBarrymore over the course of two days. While I enjoyed this book, I think I would have liked it a lot better not in audiobook. This is a really odd thing for me to say because until now I have always preferred listening to memoirs read by their authors. However this was an exception.

Audiobook critique: I felt like Drew overdid the theatrics in reading this one. Every time there was a scream (which was fairly often), she literally
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Tina ( As Told By Tina )
This was a pretty decent read. It jumped around a bit which confused me a lot and I found myself spacing out from time to time. I loved her stories of motherhood and working with Adam Sandler the most.
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Drew Blyth Barrymore is an American actress, film producer, director, photographer, entrepreneur, and author. She is a descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors. In 1982, her first major roll was in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial which made her one of the most famous child stars of the time. She has been a CoverGirl spokeswoman, an Ambassador Against Hunger, pos ...more
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