Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Genre: Nonfiction Autobiography
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: November 15, 2016
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).
A close look at the life of Anna Kendrick.
I have always been a fan of Anna. This book just made me love her even more. All her quirks and jokes made me smile big time. It was cool to see where she came from. I had no idea she began acting at such a young age! She is one talented lady! Everything was completely lighthearted and enjoyable to read. There's nothing complicated about this book. It would be perfect for a beach read.
Anna's look into child acting was very interesting to me. It is impressive she was able to keep her humble, wholesome, and modest life despite growing up in the spotlight. The book is filled with humor and at times my eyes were watering it was so funny! Any girl could relate to her story at one point or another. This book is honest and true to who Anna is as a person. She is one celebrity that has not let fame get to her head. Anna deserves every success she has ever had because she is super talented.
I enjoyed hearing about the close family she has. She dug deep into her teen years and the troubles girls face when growing up. Anna even admits to having a hard time fitting in amongst Hollywood! Bravo Anna for being true to yourself because it really came out in your writing!! I listened to this on audiobook and that for sure was the way to go. Anna narrates the whole thing and it makes the story that much more enjoyable.
The only reason why I gave the book a 4 instead of a 5 is some of the stories could have been kept out. To me, the book dragged on a little too much. I felt like at times Anna joked a little too much and could have died it down. But hey she's a funny girl! It was just a little overwhelming to me after a while to have so many jokes. Some of the parts aren't as memorable as others but it's hard for me to rate something perfect... I only have very few five-star books. Otherwise, I would totally consider picking up this gem of a book!
Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer, born and raised in Portland, Maine. She is widely known for her roles in The Twilight Saga, Up in the Air, and Pitch Perfect. Throughout her acting career, Kendrick has received various awards and nominations.