Review: Scrappy Little Nobody (I was Laughing the Whole Time)

By Anna Kendrick

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Goodreads Rating: 3.97

Genre: Memoir

Publication Date: November 15th 2016

Format Read: Physical Copy

Goodreads Summary: 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).

Okay so I’m not quite sure how to write this review, because it’s for a memoir, and so I’m going to keep it pretty short and to the point.

I personally love Anna Kendrick– her acting in Pitch Perfect made me fall in love, and I followed her other movies too (not stalking, just I watched them because they had a good actress in them).  So I feel like that will certainly make a difference as to your enjoyment level.  Anna is blunt, funny in a sarcastic way, and not afraid to knock herself down.  For me, that added significantly to my enjoyment.  For others, if they don’t find that type of humor amusing, the book will likely not be worth it.

Part of what I loved is that Anna told many different stories from her life that covered all aspects of her journey, and what it’s like to be in the spotlight.  While reading, you are able to get a good feel for everything she went through that makes her into what she is today.  It was cool to be able to see an actress who you idolize as someone much more down to earth and REAL.  

One thing I would caution about this book is that she is very open about sex and how she feels about it, and actually doing it, so if you are uncomfortable with that, don’t read the book.  It’s frequently mentioned, so it isn’t like there’s just one chapter you can skip.

I would highly recommend this novel for people who are interested in Anna’s life, and who enjoy sarcastic humor.  I found myself laughing out loud, but whether that’s a personal thing or it’s actually funny I can’t say.  But, for me at least THE HUMOR WAS INCREDIBLY GOOD!!!!  Surprisingly, Anna portrays herself as really reclusive and not that much of a social interactor, but she should feel more comfortable because she’s naturally funny.

Also, at the end of my copy there was a “reading group guide” which was semi-sarcastic and I loved it and it made my day 100% when I saw that so you should probably at least read that part.

Sorry for the awful review, but I said in the beginning I wasn’t sure how to do this.

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