Scrappy Little Nobody By Anna Kendrick
Originally published 15 Nov 2016 By Touchstone Books
Audiobook published 15 November 2016 By Simon & Schuster Audio, narrated by Anna Kendrick
Summary: 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).
Yes, Anna Kendrick, YES!
I love Anna Kendrick. She’s one of my favourite celebrities. This book needs to be listened to. The audiobook is read by Anna Kendrick herself, which makes the book even better because you’re listening to it in her voice; reading the way she wants you to read it. There’s two things we need to address before I start on the review:
- I love Anna Kendrick, so maybe, in some form, it is slightly biased.
- Anna Kendrick has her flaws as a narrator. SO THERE.
To most, Anna Kendrick is just another “up-and-coming” actress, probably most famous for her time in Pitch Perfect. And yes, I loved her in that movie and I absolutely love Pitch Perfect. What most people don’t really see is Anna Kendrick the human. I often forget that she’s a person just like me and that she has real thoughts and feelings. She’s not a robot created by her PR team (maybe slightly?) and this book really shed some light into human Anna. Anna Kendrick is smart. She comes across as intelligent in the book and she has a lot of great insights on feminism, the entertainment industry and just trying to survive a world that’s beyond her capabilities.
Anna does do one thing poorly: she doesn’t pace very well. She talks really fast (I didn’t even need to speed up the audiobook at all) and sometimes its hard to catch on to whatever she is saying.
Is she superbly funny? No. She’s not. But that’s not the point of this book. She’s not trying to advert that she’s hilarious. The book is just a series of essays about her life and how she’s just trying to scrap on by. It’s not meant to be series, or intellectual reading, but just a girl sharing her feelings, opinions and thoughts about things you didn’t ask her about.
I think that’s what I like most about this book. The fact that she recognises herself as average and human; that she wants as much as possible to remain as down-to-earth as possible despite being a celebrity.
I do want to own a paperback copy of this at some point — she had a lot of great opinions, many of which are completely important and relevant to today’s discourse.
Listen to the audiobook. I promise you, you’re going to love Scrappy Little Nobody.