My handwriting as an angsty teen was appalling, yet somehow better than it is now.
― Anna Kendrick,
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).
I’ve never heard anyone say a bad thing about Anna Kendrick.
Part of that comes from her ability to, while being in every movie made in the last five years, avoid becoming overexposed. The other piece to the puzzle is that she’s every girl that isn’t famous.
Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody is a work of essays on Kendrick’s life. From growing up in Maine to being the least important character in the Twilight series, Kendrick draws up snappy and laugh out loud worthy stories.
There is a obvious skew in the way this book is often reviewed. Those that absolutely adore it likely listened to it on audio book, while the lower ratings are typically people that read it.
I was one of the readers that listened to it which would explain why I gave it 5 stars.
The writing is very much Anna Kendrick. There’s no ghost writer here. You may ask, “Eden, how can you possibly know this?”
I know this because if you’ve seen her in any interviews, the writing follows her flow of language and humor. It’s hard to mimic a persons style, and when they have such a clear dryness it becomes even more difficult to mimic.
Kendrick gives a disclaimer at the end of the book explaining that she didn’t “shit talk” as many people as she would have liked simply because she would like to continue working for another few years before being blacklisted. Though, I was disappointed not to get more details on her experience on the Twilight set (seriously, you guys no everyone hated each other. Those stories would be great).
Overall, the book is enjoyable because I could relate. Yes, she’s rich and famous now, but before that it was slow tortuous assent to stardom that didn’t protect her from the awkward angsty teen years or the heart break of a first boyfriend. It also probably helps that, like Kendrick, I too would live in sweatpants if given the opportunity.
Have you read Scrappy Little Nobody? What did you think? Do you plan on reading it?