“Scrappy Little Nobody” by 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).

-excerpt taken from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29868610-scrappy-little-nobody


I had just finished reading “The Chemist” when I began browsing my shelves for a new book.  After the heavily-detailed government spy story, I knew I needed something light, funny, and effortless.  “Scrappy Little Nobody” had been on my TBR list for quite some time, and I was positive it would fulfill all my reading needs at the time.

I’ve been a fan of Anna Kendrick since she played “Jessica” in The Twilight Saga movies.  One thing you learn about her, especially if you watch the Saga’s DVD extras, is that she is naturally hilarious.  The directors said they would let the camera roll while she went off on comical tirades, specifically the scene in “New Moon” outside of the theater where she talks about zombies and leprosy, and also when she makes a speech at the wedding in “Breaking Dawn Pt. 1.”  She became much more well-known when she landed the lead role of “Beca” in the “Pitch Perfect” movies, and her song “Cups” was wildly popular, landing on many top music charts.

“Scrappy Little Nobody” is a hilarious autobiography of her life, starting with essays about her childhood auditioning and then landing different jobs.  She is reluctant to admit that she was a child actor, because “they’re crazy”, as she says.  She started mostly as a stage actor before transitioning to movies.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was her honesty.  She spends a lot of time talking about how she struggled as a poor actress, even after landing some of her bigger roles, including “Up in the Air”, which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award.  She also talks about how parts of fame are very overwhelming and, at times, required her to “say the right thing” to the point of making her feel like a liar.

She says many times throughout the book that she doesn’t want to become an entitled famous person.  People will congratulate her in the street for trivial things like walking places instead of being driven, to which she will respond, “walking is not so bad.”  You can tell from reading this that it’s very important to her to stay grounded.  Her dream was to be a famous actress, and she “doesn’t want to get used to it” – she continues to work hard for fear of being a has-been.

Another thing that I really liked was that she threw in quite a bit of helpful advice throughout the book, mostly from learning things the hard way herself.  She suggests not dating somebody unless they meet your standards, which I wholeheartedly agree with.  She admits to not having it together completely, but says she is getting better at “adulting,” and tries to get a little done at a time so that things don’t pile up on her.  I’m still working on it too, Anna!!  I feel you, girl.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 cupcakes (No stars for me, thanks.  Cupcakes are better.)  Well, maybe 4 out of 5 cupcakes, but one of them has a big bite taken out of it.  I enjoyed this book and it went down easy, but I thought it would be a little funnier than it was.  Don’t get me wrong, it was funny!  It just wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny, more like internal chuckle funny.  If you want a lighthearted read, and you’re an Anna Kendrick fan, I suggest picking up a copy!


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