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Little Girl Lost

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Drew goes into the details of her hard and emotionally lacking relationship with her parents, and how she struggles with being honest with sobriety at the tender age of 12. Drew Barrymore captured the hearts of the world, as the adorable wide eyed seven year old Gertie, in ET, in 1982. Did you know that when Elliott is trying to make Gertie believe “only kids can see” ET and she rolls her eyes and says “Gimmee a break,” that was all Drew?

Personally, I had watched a few of Drew's films before getting this book, and had thought her a good actress.I do not have positive relationships with any of my family, and have had a background of abuse in many forms, and (probably because of this) turned to alcohol and drugs. Because really, eleven-year-olds don’t ordinarily snort lines of coke in the bathrooms at Studio 54 if they’re being supervised.

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.The additional information is welcome, belaboring it is not, and Drew's words definitely do not need explaining. 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! The story is complex and there is the mothers point of view, the findings in her own therapy, dozens of details and quotes from Drews therapists and other observations that do deserve to be included to establish timelines and round out the story. In the end though, she is back in the hospital after a second relapse, scared, ashamed, discouraged.

It gave a lot of insight of what she went through as a child star her issues with drugs and how she came through the ordeal. I particularly enjoyed some of the journals that she shared from rehab, and her changing perceptions of her father. She went through many difficult times with her abusive father, and had a lot of issues with her mother who didn't know how to be a parent and therefore let Drew down in a big way. That does not mean she can not and has not learned to let go of her deepest pain and embrace the productive and loving life we all want for her.

Drew, as she says, will live the rest of her life on the brink of disaster, from minute to minute and hour to hour. and “The high-low of our need to stimulate the mind yet find silly things to do at night was just a silly juxtaposition, of course. 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.

I only recently stumbled upon the knowledge that Drew Barrymore wrote an autobiography over 20 years ago detailing the issues she encountered with drugs and alcohol at a young age.No one can save Drew her from herself except Drew, and this fourteen year old superstar in the final analysis is frighteningly isolated and on her own. It's so weird to think about this now, but she did some horrible shit in the 1980's that most people my age and younger have no idea about.

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