Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick @SimonSchusterUK #bookreview #memoir #nonficnov

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.

The Blurb

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit! Anna Kendrick

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. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

What Did I Think?

It’s obviously very lucky for me that, at the moment, acting is working out.

I’ll hold my hands up, I bought this book a few years back after seeing Kendrick in Pitch Perfect and subsequently following her on social media. She wasn’t someone I knew a lot about and she’s rarely in the entertainment press from what I’ve seen. I was nosey.

What I read was fascinating, the auditions, missing school for filming, the film festivals, awards ceremonies. Kendrick at times makes this sound like normal life which I suppose is for her but then she’ll drop in an anecdote that suggests it isn’t.

For context: my stylist was earning more to dress me for Up in the Air–related events than I did for making the actual movie.

Kendrick’s writing kept me reading. I felt like she was there chattering away about her life, her anecdotes were amusing and in some cases cringeworthy or emotional. Life in the film industry may seem glamorous to those on the outside but Kendrick doesn’t tart it up, she sells it as hard work with the long days, early starts and limited sleep at times.

Scrappy Little Nobody isn’t exactly what I’d call a collection of essays. Each chapter does cover off a subject and some could be read as a standalone but there is the overarching feel of a story to be told. Her story or at least the one she wants to tell. Nevertheless, this is an entertaining read of Kendrick’s rise to fame, life in Hollywood and her struggles with adulthood and living in the public eye.

Who Is Anna Kendrick?

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve in her Tony-nominated performance for the musical High Society. Since her Academy Award–nominated role as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air, she has made numerous theatrical appearances, including starring roles in Into the Woods, the Twilight saga, and the Pitch Perfect film franchise. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the triple-platinum hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in Pitch Perfect. She lives in Los Angeles.