Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Title: Scrappy Little Nobody

Author: Anna Kendrick

Pages: 275 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

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 candour and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to ad 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.)

The Review

There is something about Anna Kendrick. She has that girl-next-door feel. She is your best mate on a messy night out. She seems like the kind of girl who would see you fall over and rather than point and laugh she would throw herself on the floor and pretend to being doing sit ups to save you from embarrassment. Basically, she seems cool and accessible; even more so now having read her brilliantly funny book Scrappy Little Nobody.

Kendrick regales you with stories from her life. In most of these stories Kendrick pits herself as a quirky underdog. Sometimes when people are self deprecating it can be a bit false and a tad annoying but dammit Kendrick makes it entertaining and keeps her likable qualities.

Scrappy Little Nobody is a joy to read. I genuinely giggled throughout. Very funny and extremely candid. If you like biographies and memoirs then this is the book for you.

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4 Stars

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