Little Girl Lost
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Through reading this, I have evolved from someone who was merely interested in reading about someone who has experienced some of what I have, to avidly supporting Drew and feeling a sense of pride that someone who I don't even know has come out the other side of this. If you choose to read this book, good luck, keep a Kleenex handy and above all, if you're a parent, realize the power and responsibility you've been given. Being only 15 when she wrote the book she shows courage in sharing these hard times, and I am so glad she did.
And so I ignored all of her drinking and drugs at age ten and her emancipation from her mother at 14, and focused on her other stuff – there was plenty of it. Though this is poorly written, it's a fairly interesting read considering the co-author was 14 years-old at the time. Drew Barrymore captured the hearts of the world, as the adorable wide eyed seven year old Gertie, in ET, in 1982. I read a lot of memoirs but agree, the best ones are from people who have something to say because they’re passionate about something, as opposed to people who feel they ‘should’ publish opinions/ their stories. Her writing is constantly interrupted by by Todd Gold, whose input, in my opinion should be shorter and be in footnotes at the bottom of the page.More desperately than life itself, Drew wanted a father that loved her, something she never even came close to. I'm sure Drew will never forget the turning point in her treatment that left her speechless: "Drew, have you reached your bottom yet? Both of these reasons led to her introduction to drugs and alcohol and in this book, she explains how this affected her and how she went through various processes to try and move on with her life. Drew Blyth Barrymore is an American actress, film producer, director, photographer, entrepreneur, and author.
But the love, respect and adoration of wonderful people never could fill the bitter and empty void Drew suffered where family belonged. It is a sad story of a child whose life was marred by what no child should go through, but who overcame her self-destructive habits and proved those who said she was burned out at 13, so wrong.Meet me on twitch like a Tomi Lahren vs Trevor Noah debate in early 2016 when people still thought things like that were sassy and noble.
Although I do not know Drew personally, I am proud of her for writing this book, for trying to reach out to other children who may be in a similar situation, and for trying to explain that slowly but surely things can get better if you ask for help. Prior to that position, he spent 20+ years as a journalist with People and Us Weekly magazines in Los Angeles, including stints as Assistant Managing Editor, West Coast Bureau Chief, and West Coast Editor. I read this after watching one of her movies and finding out she was the same girl as in ET all those years before. Not to mention the added attention that was mostly negative from her peers at school because of her success. I really admired how she told her abusive pig of a father to get out of her life, when she was eight, after achieving success in E.Because really, eleven-year-olds don’t ordinarily snort lines of coke in the bathrooms at Studio 54 if they’re being supervised. She has been a CoverGirl spokeswoman, an Ambassador Against Hunger, posed nude for Playboy and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her intention is to explain the difficulties of addiction and try to help others, as well as to give an honest account before others smeared her name with false assumptions and inaccuracies. Not knowing much about Drew Barrymore as a person but liking her work I jumped at reading this when I got the chance.
It's a heart breaking story of a real-life Hollywood child star whose life spirals out of control before barely making it through puberty. Years before becoming a women, you will read about probably the strongest adolescent you will ever follow. I am 23 now, am an alcoholic and recovering drug addict, and have been in and out of psychiatric hospitals (which I think really helped me relate to Drew's experiences of being in hospital). Feel free to make more movies, take oodles of photographs, create cosmetics, bottle wine and whatever else takes your fancy but no more books.
Drew, as she says, will live the rest of her life on the brink of disaster, from minute to minute and hour to hour. Her mom wanted to be an actress, but since that didn't really work out, she sort of but not really pushed her daughter into it. After reading this book, it's amazing how Drew Barrymore grew up at all, let alone grew up to be relatively sane. I am looking forward to reading her book wildflower and seeing how her life has improved since her teenage years. I haven’t read these nor am I much of a film fan, but I do know the feeling – several years ago I read Bob Geldof’s autobiography ‘Is That It?