Time for another memoir. I have been a fan of Anna Kendrick’s for awhile. I loved her in Pitch Perfect and The Last Five Years. In both of those films she sings, which speaks for my love of musicals. In 2016 she published Scrappy Little Nobody, a collection of essays about her life.
If you have ever seen an interview with Kendrick or follow her on Twitter – and I would highly recommend that – you get the feeling that she is a bit of a weirdo. In a positive way, though. Reading her book, you pretty much feel the same way. It makes Anna Kendrick seem incredible authentic and even more lovable. I really like that about celebrities, who write books, if you can get the same vibe of them both reading their book and watching an interview. I got the identical feeling while reading Lauren Graham’s book Talking as Fast as I Can.
In Scrappy Little Nobody Kendrick writes about her life, growing up in Maine, being on Broadway at the age of twelve, being an outsider, her love life, early career struggles and making it big in Hollywood. I could really relate to some of the things she wrote about not fitting in and feeling different to everyone else around. Kendrick has a charming way of writing, similar to her Twitter account. I couldn’t help chuckling along as she describes a time she spent on a sail boat or what kind of parties she would throw. (I would love to come to your Thanksgiving party, btw.)
As a huge Harry Potter fan myself, I loved all the little mentions about it. Whether it was the book vs. movie Hermione reference or the Harry Potter marathon on Thanksgiving. And while we’re at the topic of big movie franchises, it was quite interesting to hear about Anna Kendrick’s time in the Twilight movies. I have to admit, I was really into Twilight as a teenager, you know, before it was cool to make fun of it. We can call that youthful indiscretion, right?
All in all, it was great pleasure to read Scrappy Little Nobody and I can only recommend it to anyone who likes Anna Kendrick. Have you read it? Did you like it? Let me know on the comments.
Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK