Published by Touchstone
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).
This ended up being a funny and surprisingly inspiring read. I’m a fan of Anna Kendrick’s work – I think she’s a rare gem of an actress nowadays, so it was interesting to read her thoughts on what has happened in her life and in her career.
I laughed out loud several times, but was also moved by her willingness to have conversations about more series topics. This book was easy to read, almost felt like we were having a personal conversation. While we don’t always know the specifics of the more personal parts of her life, her observational humor and sharp wit are enough to entertain us.
Definitely worth a shot if you are interested in learning more about Kendrick’s career and early life!