Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody

Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Series: N/A
Publication:  15th November 2016 by Touchstone
Genre: Autobiography, Humour.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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)

My Thoughts

I’m not a big fan of autobiographies – having only read about 3 in total to date. I picked this one up because it was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Humour. I’m personally not a fan of the winner (Amy Schumer) so I thought I’d go the wonderful runner up.

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, making me chuckle numerous times and audibly laugh out loud on more than one occasion.It was such an easy read, it was like having a one-sided conversation with that friend who never shuts up, before I knew it, I would be halfway through the book with the room darkening and no lights on. What was wonderful about reading it was how humble and self aware Anna Kendrick was. It wasn’t a showy “look how hard my life is” or “look how wonderful my life it” at best it was “this is how I got to where I am and I’m still completely baffled as to how I got here, please don’t send me back”.It was very frank, with parts about her laziness, anxiety, success, feats, obsessions and (sort of) sexual history.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and it may even tempt me into picking up more autobiographies in future.

My Rating



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