Book: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Published: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Genre: Memoir, Humour
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). (Goodreads)
My rating: 4 stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.
I’ve liked Anna Kendrick since I first saw her in a movie. Do you think I can remember which movie that was? Nope. I can’t. I’ve watched her movies over and over again so many times that they all blend together.
Celebrity memoirs are always intriguing to me, especially when they have a humorous spin. It’s fun to get to know the famous people that we see every time we walk through the checkout line at the grocery store. Especially when we get to know them from them and not from random, creepy tabloids. That’s another reason why I like to read these types of books as audiobooks narrated by the authors.
Anna Kendrick is hilarious as always, sarcastic as always, and brutally honest about her journey from child actress to where she is today.
This book is random and yet all ties together somehow. It’s weird. It dives down strange, dark alleyways. And it jumps up and makes you laugh out loud.
The audiobook narrated by Anna Kendrick infuses the text with her trademark sarcastic tone of voice, making the stories she tells that much funnier, weirder, and even more honest. As usual, Anna does a phenomenal job adding her voice to the script. Which, let’s be honest, she should be a master at since she wrote this script.
Scrappy Little Nobody is a funny read and, at times, a little shocking. Anna’s even weirder than we thought, and it makes me like her all the more.