Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Pub Date: November 15th, 2016
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Synopis from Goodreads:
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.
I had so much fun with this book! I recently found my love for celebrities’ memoirs audiobook read by authors. Listening to the author themselves reading to you the words they wrote about their experiences is adding a lot of value to the story. I highly recommend this audiobook. Anna’s voice is amazing, and you’ll love listening to her.
I’m not a fan of Anna, meaning that I didn’t buy this audiobook because I was dying to hear what my favourite actress have to say. I’ve seen movies with Anna, and that’s it. I had no opinion about her, I didn’t know anything about her but that she was an actress. Sorry, no. I also liked her in musical bits on Late Late Show with James Corden. She was really good in those. Ok, so we established my knowledge of Anna Kendrick. Why did I buy the audiobook then? First, because I like memoirs, second the title seemed endearing and little self-deprecating. And some people on the internet seemed excited about this book, so I decided to give it a try. I’m happy I did.
Anna is relateable. She’s fun, smart, passionate. She is human with a job that makes us believe that she is special and maybe better than us, normal people. She is not. And she shows it to us in an amazingly honest way. I’d love to be friends with Anna. She’d prefer to stay at home, wear sweatpants, eat junk food and watch Harry Potter movies than go out to some glamorous New Year’s Eve party. She loves junk food and is not a fitness guru. She has moments of panic. She loves sex and is not afraid to say it, and if you want to shame women because of that – then fuck you. Anna tells us a lot about how it is to be an actress – at times when you ‘nobody’ and at times when you famous. She tells us the hones, row version of her work. Not the glamorous side that we see. It’s really interesting.