Book Club: Scrappy Little Nobody
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick is the kind of celebrity I’ve always thought of as my kindred spirit. I feel like she’s a less awkward version of me. I saw an interview of her about how she lied to people to get out of celebrating her birthday and no joke, I’ve literally done that too. I think that was the minute I tried to find out more about her to see how many other things we have in common… which led me to reading her book. I will admit, I finished this book a long time ago (last November, in fact), and I have a backlog of books I need to get up here but I am truly excited to share my thoughts about Scrappy Little Nobody.
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).
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Full disclosure: The only movies I had seen Anna Kendrick in was Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect. I really didn’t know anything about her personality until I saw her interview a few years ago with Stephen Colbert declaring that she’s the kind of girl who can go for years without talking to certain friends because she’s too lazy to keep up correspondence… but when she sees them again, it’s like no time has passed. I’m not going to lie, I can relate to that way more than I would like to admit. I started to look up more about her and follow her on Twitter (where she is so funny). I picked up her book from the library and gave it a listen on my plane ride home from California after Thanksgiving.
Guys, I like it (and her) a lot.
Her book, admittedly, isn’t a great work of art, but it’s so relatable and funny! She has this ability to pinpoint the way she feels about certain social situations and describe the awkwardness in a way that’ll have you nodding your head or laughing out loud.
She talks about her early life growing up in Maine and being a child theater actor to moving to Hollywood to make it on the big screen. She talks about her struggles as an actress, the ups and downs of showbiz life, and gives readers some #realtalk about press tours and getting glam for the red carpet. Also, she talks about how she was in Twilight which everyone either seems to forget or never knew (I’m in that category - was never a fan of the books and I never saw the movie). I listened to the audiobook version and she narrates it all herself. It is a delight to listen to.
Do yourself a favor and read or listen to Scrappy Little Nobody. I promise, you’ll find yourself a new bestie in Anna.