Hilarious and Intelligent Scrappy Little Noboby by Anna Kendrick

January 5, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Reviews // 26 Comments

Hilarious and Intelligent Scrappy Little Noboby by Anna KendrickScrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Touchstone
Length: 6 Hours
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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).

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“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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  • I’m a huge memoir person and have this audio on hold at the library. I love her too and can’t wait to listen. Great review!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you love it when you get to it Grace!

  • I actually don’t know much about Anna Kendrick, but I have heard so much about this book. This looks like another win for Touchstone publishing. The memoir I reviewed yesterday was by them and I loved it.
    It says a lot when you can say you laughed out loud reading a memoir, when that is not even your go to genre. This book sounds like a must-read. Great review!

    • LostinLit Becca

      It really was great! I highly recommend!

  • Ahh! I want to read this one so badly! I love Anna so much. Her Twitter always has me cracking up. And this is such a short audio! I’ll need to get it for sure. Great review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thanks Gen! Anna really is hilarious! I hope that you get the chance to read this!

  • Chrystal M

    I listened to a lot of autobiographies last year. It’s like an addiction to me now. LOL I’ve listened to both Mindy Kaling books, Amy Poehler, Kunal Nayar and Drew Barrymore so far. There are many others that I want to listen to or read.

    I’m hoping to get to this one soon because I just adore Anna. My Dad bought me her book for Christmas. I’ll read it, but might need to listen to the audio eventually since she narrates it. I love when a celeb narrates their own books. 🙂

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    • LostinLit Becca

      Iv’e heard the Mindy Kaling ones are so funny! I definitely want to check out more on Audio!

      • Chrystal M

        She really is. Hope you enjoy them if you get the chance to listen.

  • Anna Kendrick is one of my favorites! I don’t read biographies and such either, but she’s one I would totally read from. Glad you liked this one, Becca!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thanks Nick! I felt the same way, I had to read it because it was Anna!

  • Been curious about this one since spotting it on Goodreads. Seems entertaining. Like you I’m hesitant about autobio’s but now and then I’ll give one a try. Will pick this one up soon. Glad you enjoyed it. Seems even more enjoyable to listen to Anna’s voice too 🙂

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you love it when you get the chance to read it Shane!

  • I love Anna Kendrick, which is why I also picked up a copy of Scrappy Little Nobody and read it right away. She’s just so articulate and funny, and her voice is so, so strong. I really loved all her anecdotes, and would not be averse to a second volume of her stories one day!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Yes! So glad that you loved this one too!

  • Michelle

    I love memoirs and Anna Kendrick so I knew I wanted this one as soon as it came out! I was lucky enough to get it for Christmas but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. After reading your review I want to read it even more now!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope you love it when you get the chance to read it!

  • Yes! I just finished this one. I’m a big fan of nonfiction in general, but this is definitely one of my favorite celebrity memoirs I’ve read. I listened to the audio, too, and I also adored it! I agree; the book was full of witty observations and funny (but genuine) anecdotes. So good! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Becca!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed it too Madalyn!

  • I don’t read much non-fiction either, but I think I’ll make an exception for this book. The fact that Anna narrates this one makes me want the audiobook version.

    • LostinLit Becca

      It was so good and Anna was awesome! I hope that you get the chance to read this!

  • Like you, I’m not much of a non-fiction reader myself but I do love Anna Kendrick and I do want to read this book. Maybe this will be my first audio book since it would be neat to hear her reading the book to me. Awesome post and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thanks Rowena! I hope that you get the chance to read this!

  • Brittney

    I love her! This one and Talking As Fast As I Can are 2 of the nonfiction I want to read this year, I love them both so much! But now, after finding about Anna actually reads the audiobook, I think I am going to pick that up along with the book. This review was so helpful, thank you very much!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you get the chance to read this and you love it Brittney! Anna was awesome!

  • I don’t usually do memoirs or autobiographies but I adore Anna so I might just try this one! 😀