The New York Times bestselling 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).
Witty, interesting and funny. Perfect mix.
A sharp, well written, diary style collection of autobiographical essays, “Scrappy Little Nobody” really stands shoulders above the many David Sedaris style celebrity memoirs out there. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this. Given the fact that it’s about a young woman still very much in the prime of her career, her reflections on her past and more current experiences are really thoughtful and provide a much more honest depiction of life in “show business” than most, if not all , of her contemporaries. She’s hilariously self deprecating, but also intelligent and confident, and relatable for any tightly wound neurotic- this book really gives the reader/listener a true impression of just who she is. Being somewhat private and professional, I didn’t really know or get what she was all about, but I sure do now. As an actress she’s definitely talented and hard working. The surprise here though is that she’s actually quite talented as a writer as well, and could certainly have a thriving career as a humorist as well! I look forward to more work by this scrappy little Somebody, and recommend thisr- in audiobook format especially- to anybody interested in spending a few hours listening to a clever friend tell you about herself and her misadventures on her road to fame.
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