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She envisioned a happy ending with victory and promise, after the months of hard work and intense therapy during her hospitalization. I was hesitant to read the book at first, not wanting to think of "Gertie" as an underaged drug user and alcoholic. I remember reading about Drew's escapades in the tabloids when I was a teenager, so I was eager to read her story from her point of view - I was, and continue to be impressed with how honest and strong Drew is.

She is a brave woman, who has overcome many obstacles that people should never have to face, but unfortunately do, and she has come out the other side to become an inspiration to people in general, but especially to people who have been through some of what she has experienced. I particularly enjoyed some of the journals that she shared from rehab, and her changing perceptions of her father. All in all I feel that this autobiographical account of what can happen to a young person when thrust into the spotlight is a great read. I snapped up this book as soon as it came out in paperback and have read and re-read it more times than I can count.

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. And as I’m a football fanatic, I’ve read so many footballer autobiographies and while there’s the odd exception, they are usually spectacularly dull!

Though this is poorly written, it's a fairly interesting read considering the co-author was 14 years-old at the time. Drew Pinsky, Burt Reynolds, Richard Pryor, Louie Anderson, Belinda Carlisle, Sharon Rocha, and Elisabeth Kübler Ross. Drew takes us through her journey of self-destruction, drug and alcohol abuse, and her struggle to become sober and understand herself and her issues better. 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?You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Drew Barrymore’s legal emancipation from her mother at age 14, her self-driven ‘rebranding’ as teen-seductress, and her multiple engagements and three short marriages were still to come. update: I re-read this immediately after reading Wildflower, and found it interesting to compare the two versions of some items that came up in both books - and also how Drew characterized her time in the hospital in Wildflower.

Drew, as she says, will live the rest of her life on the brink of disaster, from minute to minute and hour to hour. It is a difficult read also and offers remarkable parallels in places to Drew Barrymore but from another childhood star.

Drew talks about the support given to her by Steven Spielberg who she says gave her the best advice she ever been given on acting : "Drew, you can't act your character, you gotta be your character. This piece I related to the most, since at first, she so badly wanted her father to be her hero and a faithful, loving father.

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