by Anna Kendrick
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Length: 6 Hours
Find It: Goodreads • Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Audible
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.
Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”
At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.
With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”
Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).
“I thrive in structure. I drown in chaos.”
I must preface this review by saying that I do not usually read auto-biographies or non-fiction in general. I however, just adore Anna Kendrick so much that I had to read this book! I listened to the Audio which was narrated by Anna herself and I loved every single second!
This book follows Anna from a young child into her now adult life. She talks about her life as a child growing up in a fairly “normal” life but with dreams of being a star. She was on Broadway at a very young age and also filmed a movie that was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in high school and still was an outcast at her school. At the age of 17 she moved to LA on her own to further her career, she grew up fast and fought hard for her career.
Anna was so open and honest that I couldn’t help but like her even more. She talks about everything and I was surprised about how down to earth she is! She discusses everything from her youth, school and big brother to terrible roommates, failed relationships and fashion (or lack there of LOL).
“I love rules and I love following them, unless that rule is stupid.”
Scrappy Little Nobody is SO FUNNY! There were so many laugh out loud moments! Whether it was a funny story or a witty observation I couldn’t help but laugh, and Anna’s use of metaphor is totally genius!
Lets’s get to the nitty gritty, I’m sure you all want to know if she talked about her time filming Twilight and Pitch Perfect (I know I did). She briefly talks about both, but they are not in depth looks into this time of her life. Despite wanting a bit more info on those times, I still loved this book even without it.
Anna is so relatable, funny and intelligent and this book totally made me love her even more! If you are an Anna fan, or if you just enjoy a good celebrity story about real life I highly recommend this! I hope she writes another book because I will totally read it!
“Having to fight for the thing you want doesn’t mean you deserve it any less.”
Anna narrates this herself and it was so awesome! Only she could deliver this so flawlessly in my opinion! She does speak a little fast, but then again so do I, so it didn’t bother me in the least. I highly recommend the Audio version of Scrappy Little Nobody!
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