I will confess, I was really excited about this book. I have always been intrigued by Barrymore. I grew up watching her life through tabloids, and her career on the big screen. Her life has always seemed like an unlikely comeback story after her fall from Hollywood grace.
Much like its author, there is something very likeable about this book.
It is written in short essays, on different topics, that bounce randomly through different times in Barrymore’s life. She writes about everyone with honesty and grace, including both her parents with whom she had troubled relationships with. It is not hard to feel for her, and some of what she has gone through.
She writes with candor about growing up, motherhood and the death of her father. She discusses good times, and bad times yet always seems to find a silver lining.
While it touches on her “wild child” days, the book missed out on some of the more salacious details of Barrymore’s life, including her failed marriages. I suppose these details are best left for tabloid fodder though.
All in all, this was a very good read. I found very relatable, and it made me like Drew Barrymore just a little bit more than I already did.