Thursday, January 10, 2019

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
narrated by author

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Published: 2016
Publisher: Touchstone
Genre: Humor, Memoir
Hardback: 304
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
1. braid hair
2. arrange books by color
3. do homework on the floor
4. fang shui room
5. magazine collage
6. lie in yard with Walkman

When I was thirteen I started making lists.

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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My two-bits:

Entertaining account of the rise to fame process for Anna. Some funny and cute bits.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

3 comments:

  1. I love Anna Kendrick but I wasn't expecting much from her memoir...I mean how young is she, right? But I listened and was really surprised at her openness and candid nature. She is funny and awkward and I appreciated her insights and goofiness. Unexpected gem for me last summer!

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  2. She does sound engaging from that excerpt. I might be able to get into this memoir.

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