A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.Who knew Anna Kendrick's little memoir would be so funny and insightful? She's only 30ish and so I was skeptical. But a friend, who has similar taste, recommended this little gem and I am so grateful.
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)
Kendrick seems like someone who has it all together. She's young and talented but she's also an introvert who has some wicked anxiety. We are treated to little stories about her starting in theater and the sacrifices her parents made to make sure she was able to to what she loved.
I loved her insights into Hollywood and what she has to do in order to be there. Yikes. Sounds awful. So you really have to love what you do.
Her story about the paparazzo who stalked her at the grocery store was also funny as hell and insightful.
She's got drunk stories, paranoid weed stories at a creepy "Shining" hotel stories, and almost-dying-while-sailing stories....
This is Anna Kendrick as she would say: "letting the crazy out." It's hilarious and a great time.