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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Full disclosure, I don't usually read these types of books. I've probably only read about three or so in my entire life, in fact. But I follow Anna Kendrick on Instagram and loved all of the posts she did, and I think she's a great actress so when I found the signed copy at Barnes & Noble I knew I had to buy it.
BEST. DECISION. EVER.
I read this in one sitting. I figured I'd read a chapter here and there and that would be it, but ended up unable to put it down for the entire night. It's amazing. The book is honest, and relatable, and HILARIOUS in the way only an honest and relatable book can be. I loved that it didn't focus solely on how she got her career; it's mentioned, but we aren't bashed over the head with all these details. She also doesn't preach or try and give advice on how to become famous and successful. Because of this, it came off more genuine and real, and I was drawn into how she felt and why she felt it. I wanted to know if she ever got over her insecurities, and when she realizes she might not ever, but that it's okay, I felt okay about the ones that I personally have. We've all had those moments where we feel like we don't fit in, or that here's something socially wrong with us. Anna Kendrick touches base on those feelings, reminding us that being "famous" and even sometimes getting what you want, doesn't always magically equate to happiness. Life is tough, and there are struggles, and while not having worry about money might solve one of them, it doesn't solve everything. I think this book managed to express what most celebrities always try so hard to: that they're just people, with real lives who often times feel the same crippling doubts and insecurities that we all do. And, most importantly, that that's okay.
I would absolutely highly recommend this book, even if it's something you wouldn't usually pick up. It's definitely one of those ones that I'll return to over and over again, whenever I start feeling weird or awkward or alone. There were so many great quotes that I can't even pick a few to list, and again, it was SO FUNNY.
BEST. DECISON. EVER.