Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Author: Anna Kendrick
Genre: Memoir, Humour
Source: Local Public Library
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
First Published: November 15, 2016
First Line: "Jessica was the first person to mistake me for someone cool."
Book Description from GoodReads: 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).
My Rating: 4.5 stars
My Review: Before I listened to this audiobook I guess you could say that I was an Anna Kendrick fan. I enjoy the Pitch Perfect movies and have seen her in the Twilight movies and Into The Woods but it's her sense of humour and the feeling that she's just a regular gal that have always drawn her to me.
With this group of essays Anna brings her readers on a journey through her normal childhood to her time acting on Broadway stages as a tween, to paying her dues in smaller films and eventually being in blockbusters like the Twilight and Pitch Perfect franchises. Along the way, she shares some of her personal moments, fears, awkward encounters, joys and everything in between.
I'm glad I decided to listen to this book because Anna's personality shines through. I'm sure she's equally funny on paper but having her read the book to me was the icing on the proverbial cake. She is witty, sassy and wonderfully smart assy. She swears a lot but she's also a charming, self-proclaimed dork who shares her big life moments with her readers. Whether they're cool, funny or awkward you know that Anna will be candid.
Her personal observations are regularly served alongside some great self-deprecating humour (of which I adore and personally partake in regularly). She is definitely funny but also inspiring and quite on the money with many of her observations involving relationships, friendships, sex, work, not taking life too seriously. I particularly appreciated her more feminist views on slut-shaming, double standards of the sexes, and women being empowered to be who they want to be.
While she remains a fairly private person, readers will still get a feel for who she is. She can be laugh-out-loud funny, let her snark fly, isn't afraid to speak her mind and doesn't take herself too seriously. Yup, she's a normal gal who happens to have a cool job. The fact that she hasn't let Hollywood change her makes her all the more appealing. In a nutshell, she's a relatable and candid hoot who is intelligent, not always nice and unapologetically herself.
How can you not love that?
For those of us who are scrappy little nobodies ourselves Anna is our Queen. If you have lived through awkward break-ups, held a grudge for years, often feel anxious and hide behind a great sense of humour then I highly suggest you pick up this book and pay homage to her majesty.