Wildflower is comprised of several personal essays from Drew Barrymore, artfully recounting moments in her life– those as big as traveling the world to promote E.T. as a child and those as seemingly small as adopting her dogs.
Barrymore has an enthralling voice to her storytelling, captivating readers with her exclamation points (which I dislike as a norm, but love how she uses them in this book) and the diary-like quality to her essays. We learn about the deep love she has for her daughters and her complicated past with her parents. Instead of being a traditional celebrity memoir tell-all, readers feel as though they’re merely grabbing coffee or drinks with an old friend.
My favorite parts of the memoir were her letters to her daughters, Olive and Frankie, and the essay about falling in love with her (now former) husband– all of which made me actually start bawling.
There were a few essays that lost my attention– they felt a bit like space-fillers, but weren’t poorly written.
Overall, a charming read that broke the celebrity memoir mold.
Until next time,