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Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

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by Anna Kendrick

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Publishers Weekly
In this snarky collection of personal essays, actress Kendrick recounts her early years as a theater-loving kid from Portland, Maine, who became a Hollywood “It Girl.” Since Kendrick is only 31, much of her reminiscing is concentrated on her not-so-distant childhood, beginning with her first role, at age six, in a community production of Annie. Unlike many child stars, Kendrick had a fairly normal childhood: she went to school, where she was the uncool kid (few people at home were impressed when she tried bragging about going to Sundance Film Festival). She details her desire to be in a period piece and how she got her wish with 2014’s In the Woods, telling an amusingly self-deprecating anecdote about costumes. Style is a theme, but not in the usual way of so many Hollywood memoirs. Most adult actors don’t detail how they could shop at the kids’ section of stores like L.L. Bean (let alone be caught dead at L.L. Bean) or admit that they don’t adore fashion, but in many ways Kendrick is a refreshing outlier. When she gives advice, such as how not to make eye contact with the press during film junkets, she displays real wit and comic timing on the page. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
The autobiography of a Mainer who hit the big time in Hollywood.Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Kendrick started acting professionally at a very young age when she landed a part in a community theater production of Annie. From there, she scored other parts in a variety of plays and eventually wound up in Hollywood, where she's had roles in the Twilight and Pitch Perfect series and Up in the Air, among other movies. "My entire personality was fully formed by the time I was three, writes the author. I was an obstinate, determined little ball of anxiety. Id thought of myself as fearful and shrinking in childhood but I was often single-minded and pugnacious. From age three onward I have been practical and skeptical and occasionally more courageous than I have any right to be." Kendrick blends her discussion of how she entered into the acting business with commentary on events in her childhood, most of which are typical. She covers her small stature, her friends and enemies in grade school, her crushes on a number of boys, how she learned about fashion and stylists in Hollywood, what it was like to work with famous actors like George Clooney, and a host of other, often mundane details of her life. Because she was a child actor, most of Kendricks stories are focused on her early, formative years when she had to balance work and trying to live a somewhat normal childhood. Unfortunately, her attempts at humor often fall flat, making her sound unnecessarily snarky instead of funny, and her overall tone borders on self-obsessed. Fans of Kendrick and those infatuated with knowing the personal details of a celebrity's life will enjoy finding out how the author rose to stardom; others may find the content less than entertaining. Thanks to her hard work, Kendrick is a scrappy little somebody now, but she should stick to acting. The intimate and semi-entertaining details of an actors childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood.
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"This A-list firecracker does it all—blockbusters, indies, dramas, musicals, and, now, a memoir—with sleight-of-hand dexterity and fearsome wit. . . . Scrappy Little Nobody is a fizzy, funny collection of personal essays that very successfully approximates what it’s like to spend time with Kendrick (long a Twitter fave, now to more than 5 million) and, as such, seems likely to have extremely widespread appeal." ELLE

"Scrappy Little Nobody lets readers feel like they have spent an afternoon chatting with their closest friend." Booklist

"Of the pantheon of funny, smart, strong screen women to write a memoir, Anna Kendrick’s is a welcome, entertaining and endearingly honest installment." —The Guardian

"Kendrick writes essays about her life in the witty, self-deprecating voice that's made her a must-follow on Twitter."Time

"Kendrick has won legions of fans for her movies and her quips on Twitter, and her wit continues in this collection of autobiographical essays recounting some of the most memorable, charming, and even relatable moments of her life—from growing up in New England suburbia to working her way up to become one of Hollywood’s darlings." —Buzzfeed

“[Kendrick] writes an honest, effortlessly funny and alternatively relatable and aspirational reflection on her personal and professional life to date. Her essays jump from grade school reminiscences to Louis Vuitton Oscar parties to the typical highs and lows of adult dating life, revealing the witty, talented and disarmingly real girl behind the Hollywood name.” —Harper’s Bazaar

“The Pitch Perfect star can sing, act, and write hilarious tweets. Fortunately she’s imbued the pieces in Scrappy Little Nobody with that same humor.” Entertainment Weekly

“This collection of essays about the life of everyone's favorite actress Anna Kendrick will have you laughing for days. After all, this is the woman who could even make Twilight funny.” —Bustle

"[Kendrick] displays real wit and comic timing on the page." —Publishers Weekly

"I had a giant smile on my face the entire time I was reading Scrappy Little Nobody." —Brooklyn Paper

“Ridiculously entertaining.” —Associated Press

"The craziest thing of all is that [Kendrick] manages to seem likable and down-to-earth across 275 pages(!). . . . In an era of manufactured authenticity, it's honestly impressive." —Chicago Tribune

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Meet the Author

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve for her Tony-nominated performance in 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 the The Twilight Saga and Pitch Perfect film franchises. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the #2 Billboard hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in Pitch Perfect. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Scrappy Little Nobody 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty awesome insight on her journey through life. Couldn't put it down (started having withdrawls when I did) finished it in a day. I think I'm in "like" with her.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Love her and this book! She is so funny and so down to earth. It's great to hear where she came from and how she started. Definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes Anna Kendrick. Quick read, will keep you laughing and not want to put it down!
SunshineRising2 6 months ago
In waiting to read this, as the wait list at the library was insane, I decided to break down and purchase my own copy. I figured, I like Anna and found her tweets amusing, so her writing style I thought I would find enjoyable. I started it and then had to put it down. I was slogging through it and it wasn't holding my attention. I came back to it and told myself I would not let it be a dnf. Her memoir had some good parts, but overall I was bored reading it, and I thought at first it was for a reason she herself stated: she is too young. I pondered over this. Could that be why after about page 100 I started, egads, skimming?! No. Younger people can do memoirs effectively and be entertaining. I had read many this year even. What was the reason? I always try to discover what I liked and what I didn't like when I finish a book because it not only helps those reading the reviews, but it helps me too in selecting and refining my reading. I realized I had zero clue on this. She had her witty moments...there weren't grammatical errors all over...it wasn't unrelatable really...mysterious. Then this morning it hit me like a ton of falling bricks, I guess I'm just not that into her. I thought I liked her. I thought she was a good actress in what I have seen her in. I thought maybe she was funny and someone I would want to hang with in real life. The chemistry between writer and reader wasn't there for me. That's okay. There are plenty of other writers out there I can enjoy spending time with more and I don't need to feel bad about this. Anna, we are not right for each other and should spend time with other people. It's not you, it's me and I hope we can still be friends. You know the type that say that but then never really connect much again. Sigh. Oh well. I have it two stars because I didn't care for it. I reserve one star reviews for books I find truly heinous. Kendrick does fine on tweets because they are short. Sustaining an entire novel I think was too much for her. The tone she was probably striving for was sarcastic and witty. It fell very short. Hopefully the next memoir I come across is more enjoyable company. As for actually purchasing my own copy? I hope the person that comes across it at the thrift shop I dropped it off at has more luck with it and connects better. Letting go and moving on... Read about other books I've reviewed here: http://www.sunshinerising.net
Anonymous 7 months ago
I laughed and realize Anna Kendrick is me except for the whole being famous thing. We should totally be friends.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Scrappy Little Nobody is a biography written by Anna Kendrick, that explores parts of her life most people didn’t know about. She describes herself as a child and how life was before she became the celebrity she is today. She talks about her expectations that came with becoming famous and how she was fairly disappointed that there weren’t people standing around to help her like she thought. Anna Kendrick often showed how even though her life had changed drastically, she really didn’t change as a person. The life that fame brought her, wasn’t much different from how her life was before and she really pointed that out in her book. I liked how she pulled you into her life and made you see what she thought through her eyes. I loved her comedic aspects that showed her personality through the pages of a book. I think anyone would enjoy reading this because it shows how she chose to follow her dreams and it did pay off, but it didn’t change who she was in the long run. Some parts of the book were a little hard to understand because it did jump around a little bit from chapter to chapter, but the overall flow was easy to understand. I would probably give this book a 4.5/5 star rating because the book was funny, easy to read, and captivating, but at some points the story got lost in translation.
YogiSam More than 1 year ago
** This review was written for the audiobook version but still gets the point across Scrappy Little Nobody is a wonderful audiobook. I think I enjoyed it more in audioook form than I would've if I had read it any other way because the author, Anna Kendrick, read the story herself. I really like when authors read their own books because I feel like the reader gets more of an experience of how the author meant the book to read. They are able to express the inflections where they meant them and put all the emotion they felt when writing the book into reading it. Overall, I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to others if they like Anna Kendrick that is.
KatieDuds More than 1 year ago
I felt like I made a friend. I have a whole new respect for what it means to be a "celebrity". The struggle it took to gain even a ounce of success and to be working consistently. Anna's journey, especially after moving to LA, is something more 20-somethings can relate to. The difficulty of getting work and keeping it. I appreciated her ability to admit to being out of her element most of the time. She was honest to a fault, which only made me like her more. This was a fantastic and interesting read from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect, I knew that I was going to have to read her book. I was not disappointed. I love her style of humor and that she's not afraid to be self-deprecating. I like how the stories ranged from her childhood through today. It was nice to read a book where Anna actually told stories about her life and that it wasn't celebrity name drop after celebrity name drop. She is still a down to earth person, and it shows in her writing.
AureliaC More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Anna's personality definitely shines through and it's great! She is so humble and humorous about her "status" as a celebrity.
Ceejayy17 More than 1 year ago
I adore Anna Kendrick and reading her book validates how I presumed her to be, real. Very funny and the tone that you get from reading is exactly like herself.
lg22 More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, couldn't put it down once I started reading.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
There are some cute stories and genuinely funny parts, but for the most part, majority of it was generic. What is with celebrity memoirs always talking about experiences as a child actor (aka doing those mortifying roles like Wizard of Oz and Annie))? It isn't interesting or entertaining, to be perfectly honest. There were some fun parts to read, but a lot of the chapters come off as rants or as though Kendrick herself is really detached from the story. A lot of it is about Anna Kendrick in Hollywood or her acting, rather than anything personal from her life. I just wasn't engaged through a lot of it. I felt like I was possibly reading basic blog posts rather than a book. Really disappointing because I adore Anna Kendrick, but this book just didn't work for me.