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Scrappy Little Nobody Paperback – Illustrated, Aug. 22 2017
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"Scrappy Little Nobody lets readers feel like they have spent an afternoon chatting with their closest friend." —Booklist
"Of the pantheon of funny, smart, strong screen women to write a memoir, Anna Kendrick’s is a welcome, entertaining and endearingly honest installment." —The Guardian
"Kendrick writes essays about her life in the witty, self-deprecating voice that's made her a must-follow on Twitter." —Time
"Kendrick has won legions of fans for her movies and her quips on Twitter, and her wit continues in this collection of autobiographical essays recounting some of the most memorable, charming, and even relatable moments of her life—from growing up in New England suburbia to working her way up to become one of Hollywood’s darlings." —Buzzfeed
“[Kendrick] writes an honest, effortlessly funny and alternatively relatable and aspirational reflection on her personal and professional life to date. Her essays jump from grade school reminiscences to Louis Vuitton Oscar parties to the typical highs and lows of adult dating life, revealing the witty, talented and disarmingly real girl behind the Hollywood name.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“The Pitch Perfect star can sing, act, and write hilarious tweets. Fortunately she’s imbued the pieces in Scrappy Little Nobody with that same humor.” —Entertainment Weekly
“This collection of essays about the life of everyone's favorite actress Anna Kendrick will have you laughing for days. After all, this is the woman who could even make Twilight funny.” —Bustle
"[Kendrick] displays real wit and comic timing on the page." —Publishers Weekly
"I had a giant smile on my face the entire time I was reading Scrappy Little Nobody." —Brooklyn Paper
“Ridiculously entertaining.” —Associated Press
"The craziest thing of all is that [Kendrick] manages to seem likable and down-to-earth across 275 pages(!). . . . In an era of manufactured authenticity, it's honestly impressive." —Chicago Tribune
About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery Books; Illustrated edition (Aug. 22 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150111722X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501117220
- Item weight : 272 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.78 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is, I suppose, autobiographical in tone, but it is really so much more. It is witty, charming, and an endearing portrait of this truly amazing woman. She is - has had to be - scrappy, but she is far removed from the self-deprecating person she calls a "nobody." Anna Kendrick is somebody you'd like to meet, not because she's a celebrity, but more because she doesn't view herself in that light. Buy this book, brew a pot of coffee, and settle in to enjoy the story she has to tell. I think you'll find it to be an enjoyable, fun ride.
Okay, straight up, for the last year-and-a-half this has been my bathroom book. Not just for sitting on the toilet but also bubble baths and hiding in there when I'm entertaining people I need a break from. I pre-ordered this book and started reading it as soon as it came but immediately recognized it as a collection of wonderful vignettes that I wanted to enjoy slowly. In the toilet. (And I'm SURE I had many guests who saw the book sitting on the counter and helped themselves to some Anna humour).
Anna is hilarious and REAL. She's one of those famous people who you want to meet not to ask for an autograph but to hang out with just to ask her about how weird it is to be famous.
I first saw her in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and for years afterward thought she was sooo cool and I was really proud she was a Canadian actress (yeah, she's not Canadian ... but she's cool enough to be Canadian). And I didn't first see her in Scott Pilgrim ... I kinda forgot she was in Twilight (sorry, Anna). Beyond learning that she is indeed an American actress, I loved hearing about feisty young Anna going for her dreams.
And she includes lots of fun extras in this book. I particularly loved her special afterward for book clubs. And her About the Author page (I also am shorter in real life).
I could go on and on about how much I adored Anna's voice in this book but I'll start to be repetitive. Just go and get it (you know you need a bathroom book). Now I have an empty spot on the vanity in the bathroom ...
All in all. Not only a great actress and singer but a great writer as well.
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But I was wrong. Primarily because this isn't an autobiography. But also because Anna has a LOT to say. In interviews and social media, she always comes across as a bit of an oddball, but very perceptive and funny. This piqued my initial interest in the book and it didn't disappoint. Anna's sense of humour comes across very well (it made me actually laugh out loud a few times!) and makes the book very engaging. She retells her stories with an informal frankness. And she departs lessons to readers without preaching. The book doesn't read like an autobiography but instead like a collection of memories from somebody who feels undeserving of what they have achieved. It feels as though the writing of this book was something of a cathartic release for Anna and her candid approach works very well. I'd recommend this book to young girls especially because Anna approaches a lot of issues they may face with brutal honesty and advice. What's abundantly clear throughout the book is that Anna's a hard worker who deserves her fame. She's brilliantly talented and doesn't give up. As a result, she's unwittingly an ideal role model for young girls today.
The one detail that made me laugh was Anna's reading list throughout the book is pretty dark: The Rise of the 3rd Reich, Charles Manson's autobiography, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Shining...
As a collection of memories and experiences, the book works well. The book does lose it's pace towards the end and feels almost like Anna had to rush to finish it or added filler. I think she recognises this herself in the chapter detailing the boat trip. Irrespective, it was a great read.
I'm close to giving it 5 stars, but in case Anna ever stumbles across this review I don't want it to go to her head and think she nailed it on the first go.
All told it is an engaging and real autobiography, that contrasts with the reams of polished, ghost-written and preachy biogs that are out there. If you like her twitter, and/or the characters she plays in films then you'll probably like this. It was a genuinely enjoyable and engaging read. I was stuck for an hour in my car on a cold day before an appointment at the passport office, and from the moment I picked up this book it went in such a flash I was almost late!
This is not just a book about acting or trying to get into acting. It deals with so much more. The stress of growing up, the anxieties that many teenagers face, drinking, availability of drugs and I think ultimately something most of us seek long into adulthood, who we are and where do we belong.
I couldn't put it down and laughed and smiled the whole way through. Anna shows the pressures on family and herself from childhood acting all the way to her current hollywood status but in an entertaining and relatable way.
"And YET, I always think, This is my year... It’s like this Tyler Durden-style feeling that I’m so close. I’m so close to being a real person. I’m so close to making time for friends and family. I’m so close to being able to take out the trash without checking that none of my neighbours are outside because small talk makes me feel like the world is on fire. I’m so close to being wonderful."