Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

Book - 2016
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A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today.
Publisher: New York, New York : Touchstone, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781501117206
Characteristics: xxiii, 275 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,23 cm.


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Jan 22, 2019

This book was excellent! I listened to the audiobook which was read by the author and it was so much fun to listen to. My favorite part of this was how normal she sounds. I loved Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor and the Pitch Perfect movies. Being able to hear stories of behind-the-scenes with her in different movies is thrilling. I hope she continues to write. She is funny, charismatic, silly, and makes you feel like she could be your new best friend.

Oct 18, 2018

A hilarious account of Anna's journey into Hollywood. She doesn't hold back, in a hilariously sarcastic and insightful way, and it makes you really feel like you've gotten to know her and gotten to know more about the field of movie and television production. I would also highly recommend listening to the audiobook. Anna herself reads it and draws the listener into her world with her wit, humor, and clever use of emphasis as she narrates the novel.

May 22, 2018

Fun book to read about her life and see how far she has come and how she started. Love Anna Kendrick and her quirkiness!

Mar 15, 2018

Quick, fun read.

May 19, 2017

A nice light chatty little book. It made a nice break from the somewhat heavier fare I tend to favour. It's a very quick read, jumping from anecdote to anecdote (which are grouped thematically rather than chronologically). Basically, it's like having a conversation with a friend - flitting from topic to topic but a nice way to get to know them.

GSPLmandy May 16, 2017

I was so excited to read this book. I really like Anna Kendrick's aloof humour. This was a quick and fun read with some noted anecdotes but it fell a little flat for me.

May 13, 2017

I liked it, though I enjoyed Amy Schumer and Mindy Kahling's books better, but I appreciated Anna's short girl jokes and descriptions of living with anxiety and a crippling inability to adult.

Apr 06, 2017

It was a pretty good autobiography and better than those from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, since it kept the normal prose instead of being a collection of artistic articles like the latter two were.

SPL_Heather Mar 20, 2017

A full review of this Hollywood memoir can be found under "Summary," which was first published in the Stratford Gazette on 16 Mar 2017.

Feb 17, 2017

Overall I enjoyed listening, but some chapters I felt she had to talk about because she literally had nothing else to talk about (i.e. rants about the travesties of adulting and literally a chapter dedicated to fake parties she plans). Fun, easy read.

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SPL_Heather Mar 20, 2017

Actress Anna Kendrick has penned a memoir of her life detailing her experiences from a child actor on Broadway to a major screen star in Hollywood in Scrappy Little Nobody. The book is a collection of autobiographical essays that are told in an irreverent tone and with self-deprecating humour.

Kendrick is witty and very open about her experiences and opinions which makes her endearing and charming. The essays progress in a fairly chronological manner. We learn how Kendrick started as a child actor and made her debut on Broadway at the age of 12. She says that while her Tony nominated role gave her large exposure, the fact that her father had to temporarily relocate with her to New York from Maine and work two jobs to pay the rent, helped her to be the rare child actor to grow up “without the drug addiction.” Kendrick recounts her experience moving to Hollywood and feeling lonely and struggling with success. She explains how the media attention and an Oscar nomination for her role in Up in the Air was difficult to reconcile with the fact that she lived with roommates and slept on an Ikea single bed.

Kendrick shares about some of her most formative experiences with men and love. She casually mentions famous actors that she’s worked with but she’s not dishing any gossip. She discusses how working on the Twilight saga paid the bills so that she was able to take indie roles. Unfortunately, Kendrick doesn’t mention how she got the roles in her big break films so readers don’t have any movie-making strategies to replicate.

Kendrick maintains throughout the book that she is just a “nobody” who got lucky. Her obvious talent as an actress and singer are what have made her one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood today, but it’s refreshing that she downplays her talent. Kendrick’s awkwardness and spunkiness make her a relatable kind of celebrity. She takes on a conversational tone as she shares her memories and opinions.

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