published 2015 // 288 pages (listened to as an audio book)
read/heard: Dec 2015 to 2/4/2016
this is another audio book that i got because i had a credit (how? i don't know) on audible.
i think i got it the day or week maybe that it was released.
i dunno, but ill leave you with the amazon description and then as per usual, my thoughts.
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.
i LOVE Drew Barrymore.
i love her happy go lucky quirky attitude.
BUT with that being said, i had a hate/like/kinda only loved it because it benefited me to love it kind of love with this book.
i started listening to it at work and maybe because things were hectic, i couldn't concentrate on it so i wasn't a fan. i left it alone read like 45 books in between and then i picked it up again because i started doing night walks and i didn't want to listen to music.
its safe to say that when i was walking and listening to it was when i fell in love with it. its weird but since shes the one reading it to you, it feels more intimate.
so if you get this as an audio book, please listen to it when you have time to devote your time to it and not have it as background noise or listen to it when you're doing 12 other things. and also, if you're wearing headphones, beware. she yells when there's an oooh or an aaahhh!!!! and it pierces your ears!
overall, i liked the book WHEN i walked and listened to it and was able to focus solely on that but other than that i wasn't super crazy about it.
what i didn't like was that it jumped all over the place.
its more like tales of her life which i LOVE but i think it would have been better in a more chronological order.
she goes from childhood to something she did when she was 20 something to doing E.T press to doing charlies angels press to ahhh! and yea.
i wasn't super crazy about it if I'm being honest.
i wouldn't buy the book but maybe get it from the library.
there were a few things that i thought were sweet though.
the chapter about her dogs was soo sweet. mostly because I'm a dog lover myself!
its amazing how much love you can have for them and there's honestly nothing that i wouldn't do for them so i loved that chapter.
the chapter about Karma. she talks about how when on vacation or something she ran up and down a hotel taking all the clothes that she would find and then dumping them in the river. (years later, her clothes always go missing.)
which, i liked because I'm a HUGE believer in Karma.
lets be honest here, cause the universe has me all sorts of fucked up....back when i was younger i found out some drama and it killed me because the one person who didn't have my back was a girl that i thought i was best friends with. that shit tore me up.
so i looked at her and i said "i hope you never have close friends because the shit you just pulled was not cool." i think it was a little bit harsher than that.
point is, karma took notice and fucked me over.
she has her group of friends that shes been cool with since high school and the group i hung out with, well they grew up. marriage and kids and so no one really hangs out (and yes, i know, you gotta put in effort but things happen and well sometimes its better left alone.)
i don't know. my point is, i think by putting out that negative energy in to the world, it came back to me and well, see why i believe Karma is real?
so Universe / Karma, if you're paying attention, I'm hella effin sorry! please forgive me for what i said! I've changed! i promised. and I'm not saying i want a bajillion friends but i just want to love everyone.
-the chapter about being single. and door #1
i loved this chapter mostly because i was single for 2 almost 3 years. she talks about how people talk about being single as if its a bad thing. are you kidding me? i LOVED IT. i truly believe i came in to myself in 2013 when i was all alone. and ever since then, every year has been better than the last.
but i feel like, yes, being single should be enjoyed. that's you time that you wont have once you get a partner.
she then proceeds to talk about when you finally pick a person and how you know they're the one. door #1.
if you go in to a relationship with the mentality that they're there for the moment but there could be something better, well then you're screwing yourself and that person over.
and this was an amazing chapter for me because well, i had a vision of my life with a person that is no longer present. and now, even though its too soon to say, i like where I'm at with my boyfriend. and while I'm not looking to get married anytime soon, he's a great door #.5. I'm watering that relationship with love and if it works out in the end, he could be my door #1. shortcut to what I'm saying: I'm almost 30. if I'm "netflix and chillin'" its with someone serious. not just cause i want random D. I'm over that. (not that i was into it. just clarifying that!!!) I'm getting ready to enter that possible next phase in my life and i LOVE how she words it.
i wish i would have thought to hear it the way i finished it. i think i might have liked it more but for now, those 3 chapters for me, are its saving grace.
but also, wtf with the cover? i don't understand the posed jumping.
thanks for reading! <3