Title – Scrappy Little Nobody (Goodreads)
Author – Anna Kendrick (Goodreads)
Published – November 15th 2016
Genre – Memoir
Summary – 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)
In my post, 6 Funny Celebrity Books from 2016, I said the following about Scrappy Little Nobody:
The Twilight and Pitch Perfect star recounts her life so far, including her unusual childhood actress experiences to “making it big” but still sleeping on her Ikea bed. Anna articulates what many are thinking about dating duds, our ability to hole up in our apartment for days, bonding over thinking someone is crazy, and much more.
Published in November 2016, Scrappy Little Nobody is packed with humor that you expect from a Scrappy Little Nobody. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Why did I like it so much? Because the book is clearly Anna Kendrick!
The three examples below I believe gives a glimpse into her personality…
- “Short girls: get it tailored. For GOD’S SAKE, get it tailored! … I used to just deal with the extra fabric that bunched at the bottom of my jeans until Sal had me try n a pair of Rag & Bone. I few out of the dressing room. “This is amazing! It fits so well, even in the inseam! … Does it fit because it’s a ‘cigarette’ cut?” Sal put his hand on my shoulder. Oh, honey, it’s a capri.” So, non-capri pants might need hemming, but it’s totally worth it.”
- “I need a lot of sleep. More sleep than I’d like. I wish I could be one of those people who thrives on five hours a night, but I really need seven or either – just to function. I’ll happily take nine. Ten, if you’re offering. I’m actually gonna lie down for a minute. Okay, that was nice. Maybe I need more iron in my diet. I bring it up because on a film set, sleep becomes the ultimate commodity. The hours are fucking bananas. We’re certainly not curing cancer, but man do we stay at work like we’re trying.”
- “A few months after the Oscars, I ran into the prettiest girl from my high school on a trip home. She approached me in the street, and we chatted for barely thirty seconds before the conversation petered out. Then I noticed her bag. “Oh hey, I have that purse.” “I know,” she said, “I got it because of you” This should have felt so satisfying! Instead my stomach lurched at the batshit-crazy notion that people I used to know could find out what kind of purse I was carrying at any given moment.”
She is just so damn entertaining!
Perfect for Anna Kendrick fans!