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).
I think I finally found my spirit animal and it's Anna Kendrick. I strive to be as weird and witty as she is. Her level of sarcasm is incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about this book. I love the way it was written and listening to her read it (on the audio book) I enjoyed it that much more.
One thing that stuck with me was her definition of being a 'nice' person and a 'good' person. A 'nice' person in the show business is a woman who goes along with everything and never gets to speak her mind. A 'good' person is a woman who will speak her mind and not tiptoe around something, but also able to listen to direction. The 'good' woman most times ends up getting called a b*tch because she actually uses her brain and isn't there to please everyone.
I liked listening to her experiences on movie sets and how she first got interested in acting. It's also interesting to hear that even to this day she's still star struck by celebrities in general and doesn't think that highly of herself. She's someone I would love to meet if I ever got the chance.
I enjoyed Anna Kendrick narrating the novel. Her intonation was on point and made the story that much better.