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Scrappy Little Nobody
Scrappy Little Nobody
Scrappy Little Nobody
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Scrappy Little Nobody

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About this audiobook

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.

Editor's Note

Charming as all get-out…

Charming and hilarious, these essays cover everything — from Kendrick’s young start on Broadway to her mixed feelings about “Twilight” — with candor and humor. Kendrick might be scrappy, but she’s definitely no nobody.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateNov 15, 2016
ISBN9781508213550
Scrappy Little Nobody
Author

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.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Short, brisk read (which I guess is what happens when you write an autobiography shortly after hitting the 30s)- quite funny without trying hard, and definitely seems like something written without a ghostwriter.

    As a nerd-adjacent to theater kids (I was a band geek), tales of being a child (theater) actor and geeking out over Sondheim are relatable to me. Also relatable: being a late-bloomer in terms of sexuality but not necessarily kissing and telling.

    It would seem that an A-lister autobiography like this is supposed to make them #relatable, but she seems like the real deal (I find her Twitter @annakendrick47 an easy follow).
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I really enjoyed this especially with Anna reading the book. I didn't know she is such a new actress to Hollywood. I thought she had been around longer and probably had more money than she does. The things you assume when you don't know the person. I really like Anna. She seems to be really down to earth and just trying to live a normal life and acting is her job.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I like Anna Kendrick but I don’t consider myself a huge fan. I chose to listen to her book because she has a reputation for being funny on Twitter and I thought it would be funny. Parts of it were funny but it was full of self-deprecating humor that rang false. She paints herself as a helpless idiot stumbling through life but a person can’t make it to where she is in the entertainment industry if they are as dumb as she makes herself out to be. Weirdly, she comes off as decidedly smug at the same time. Most of her attempts at sarcasm or irony fall flat. Unfortunately, there isn’t any celebrity dirt to make up for all of that! George Clooney is so nice, Tina Fey is so nice, and so on.I listened to the audiobook of Scrappy Little Nobody and Anna reads it herself. Perhaps that amplified her personality and I would have liked the book more in print. What I learned from this book is that sometimes it’s harder to be funny in an essay format than in 280 characters.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I love Anna Kendrick and her book doesn't disappoint! She speaks on boys, childhood, becoming an adult, working in movies, being famous and fashion. She's a little bit odd but I think that's what makes her fun! She's very real and has no problem being truthful about everything! She knows she has flaws, she accepts them and continues to be herself no matter what happens! Her book is written as if she is talking to an old friend! I hope she writes another!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I will see any film if Anna Kendrick is involved. I’ve watched Pitch Perfect at least monthly since it was released on blu-ray (and three times in theaters before that); I watch videos online of her appearances on late night TV when I’m in a shit mood and need a boost. So obviously, I pre-ordered the shit out of this book.

    It did not disappoint. Unfortunately, it came out a week after the election, so it is possible that it didn’t get the attention it deserved, since we are all (rightfully) freaking the fuck out about actual neo-Nazis in the White House. But if you need a mental health break from calling and writing your representatives, or marching in support of Black Lives Matter or protesting the DAPL, I would like to recommend this to you.

    Her essays are laid out in (mostly) chronological order; some are quite intimate, but none delve into the uncomfortable. But the best part is that they all sound exactly like her – or at least the her we see in the media. I don’t know Ms. Kendrick, so theoretically this could all be an elaborately maintained ruse, but more than likely this is just an example of a clever, self-deprecating, strong but at times insecure woman living her life. Yes, she might have a job that is slightly more glamorous from the outside than, say, literally every other job, but she manages to make the challenges she faces as a well-known actress as relatable as her days with no money and no car trying to make it in Los Angeles.

    I think the fact that she is incredibly self-aware helps. She doesn’t sell herself short in unbelievable ways, she doesn’t fish for pity or accolades, she is just sharing some stories that readers will find endearing or entertaining (and usually both).

    Near the end of the book, she mentions writing a tell-all when she is 70 and done with her career. Again, I’d like to pre-order that one now, because if I’m alive then, I’m going to read that one, and I have no doubt it will be delicious.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Very entertaining - especially if you love movies and Broadway. I had forgotten about some of her accomplishments and it was really interesting to read about the process.