Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

by Anna Kendrick


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The New York Times bestselling 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594920359
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve in her Tony-nominated performance for the musical High Society. Since her Academy Award–nominated role as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air, she has made numerous theatrical appearances, including starring roles in Into the Woods, the Twilight saga, and the Pitch Perfect film franchise. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the triple-platinum hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in Pitch Perfect. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Scrappy Little Nobody 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty awesome insight on her journey through life. Couldn't put it down (started having withdrawls when I did) finished it in a day. I think I'm in "like" with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her and this book! She is so funny and so down to earth. It's great to hear where she came from and how she started. Definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes Anna Kendrick. Quick read, will keep you laughing and not want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed and realize Anna Kendrick is me except for the whole being famous thing. We should totally be friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a hilarious read! Highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Anna Kendrick as it is but this book is great. I love that she reads her own audio book. I laughed a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. And to be fair, I took forever to finish it, which is not my normal modus operandi when I love a book. Those of you who read my reviews know that I usually devour books I love. But this one I savoured ... like a fine wine. Okay, straight up, for the last year-and-a-half this has been my bathroom book. Not just for sitting on the toilet but also bubble baths and hiding in there when I'm entertaining people I need a break from. I pre-ordered this book and started reading it as soon as it came but immediately recognized it as a collection of wonderful vignettes that I wanted to enjoy slowly. In the toilet. (And I'm SURE I had many guests who saw the book sitting on the counter and helped themselves to some Anna humour). Anna is hilarious and REAL. She's one of those famous people who you want to meet not to ask for an autograph but to hang out with just to ask her about how weird it is to be famous. I first saw her in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and for years afterward thought she was sooo cool and I was really proud she was a Canadian actress (yeah, she's not Canadian ... but she's cool enough to be Canadian). And I didn't first see her in Scott Pilgrim ... I kinda forgot she was in Twilight (sorry, Anna). Beyond learning that she is indeed an American actress, I loved hearing about feisty young Anna going for her dreams. And she includes lots of fun extras in this book. I particularly loved her special afterward for book clubs. And her About the Author page (I also am shorter in real life). I could go on and on about how much I adored Anna's voice in this book but I'll start to be repetitive. Just go and get it (you know you need a bathroom book). Now I have an empty spot on the vanity in the bathroom ...
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
I loved Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect and find her Twitter quite amusing, so I was excited to start her memoir Scrappy Little Nobody. The book goes into her life as a child actor, the way theatre and Hollywood shaped her experiences as a child, as a teen, as an adult, and how being an outsider to the process, she was constantly surprised by the things she kept on figuring out. Her tone is a little self-deprecating, a little what-is-going-on-here, and a little this-is-crazy-but-I-love-it. If you like her humor, you will definitely like reading the book. However, I’m not really a reader of non-fiction, and I like to have a good narrative thread to what I read. While her anecdotes and stories are hilarious on their own, when strung together, they feel very disjointed and abrupt. I would have probably been better off reading this slowly, part by part over a long period of time but that’s not how I read, soooo *shrugs* Overall, all I can say that is that it is entertaining and humorous to be sure, but still not a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. She is awesome at making any story sound intriguing but this could have been edited better to flow well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other celebrities telling stories about their lives books before. This one seems to be a mixture of story telling mixed with a touch of self discovery. I loved learning about her journey to where she is, or was at completing this book. It is an intimate telling that gives the reader lots of access to the author hysterical sense of humor with a heavy dose of honesty. Imagine if Twitter gave an unlimited character count. If you follow her that’s what this book feels like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book inspires me because it kind of tells you not to give up your dreams no .atter what.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this. I didn't think I could love Anna Kendrick any more than I already do, but SURPRISE I can. This felt so honest and raw that I could honestly hear Anna's voice in my head while I was reading it. I really felt like I was listening to an audiobook. There were so many interesting things about her career, and life, but also super eye opening stuff about being a movie star that I never knew. This is the first memoir I have read from start to finish and I can't believe I didn't read it sooner. It was seriously AMAZING! I highly recommend picking this one up. Now, off to read Tina Fey's, Amy Poehler's, and Lauren Graham.
SunshineRising2 More than 1 year ago
In waiting to read this, as the wait list at the library was insane, I decided to break down and purchase my own copy. I figured, I like Anna and found her tweets amusing, so her writing style I thought I would find enjoyable. I started it and then had to put it down. I was slogging through it and it wasn't holding my attention. I came back to it and told myself I would not let it be a dnf. Her memoir had some good parts, but overall I was bored reading it, and I thought at first it was for a reason she herself stated: she is too young. I pondered over this. Could that be why after about page 100 I started, egads, skimming?! No. Younger people can do memoirs effectively and be entertaining. I had read many this year even. What was the reason? I always try to discover what I liked and what I didn't like when I finish a book because it not only helps those reading the reviews, but it helps me too in selecting and refining my reading. I realized I had zero clue on this. She had her witty moments...there weren't grammatical errors all wasn't unrelatable really...mysterious. Then this morning it hit me like a ton of falling bricks, I guess I'm just not that into her. I thought I liked her. I thought she was a good actress in what I have seen her in. I thought maybe she was funny and someone I would want to hang with in real life. The chemistry between writer and reader wasn't there for me. That's okay. There are plenty of other writers out there I can enjoy spending time with more and I don't need to feel bad about this. Anna, we are not right for each other and should spend time with other people. It's not you, it's me and I hope we can still be friends. You know the type that say that but then never really connect much again. Sigh. Oh well. I have it two stars because I didn't care for it. I reserve one star reviews for books I find truly heinous. Kendrick does fine on tweets because they are short. Sustaining an entire novel I think was too much for her. The tone she was probably striving for was sarcastic and witty. It fell very short. Hopefully the next memoir I come across is more enjoyable company. As for actually purchasing my own copy? I hope the person that comes across it at the thrift shop I dropped it off at has more luck with it and connects better. Letting go and moving on... Read about other books I've reviewed here:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scrappy Little Nobody is a biography written by Anna Kendrick, that explores parts of her life most people didn’t know about. She describes herself as a child and how life was before she became the celebrity she is today. She talks about her expectations that came with becoming famous and how she was fairly disappointed that there weren’t people standing around to help her like she thought. Anna Kendrick often showed how even though her life had changed drastically, she really didn’t change as a person. The life that fame brought her, wasn’t much different from how her life was before and she really pointed that out in her book. I liked how she pulled you into her life and made you see what she thought through her eyes. I loved her comedic aspects that showed her personality through the pages of a book. I think anyone would enjoy reading this because it shows how she chose to follow her dreams and it did pay off, but it didn’t change who she was in the long run. Some parts of the book were a little hard to understand because it did jump around a little bit from chapter to chapter, but the overall flow was easy to understand. I would probably give this book a 4.5/5 star rating because the book was funny, easy to read, and captivating, but at some points the story got lost in translation.
YogiSam More than 1 year ago
** This review was written for the audiobook version but still gets the point across Scrappy Little Nobody is a wonderful audiobook. I think I enjoyed it more in audioook form than I would've if I had read it any other way because the author, Anna Kendrick, read the story herself. I really like when authors read their own books because I feel like the reader gets more of an experience of how the author meant the book to read. They are able to express the inflections where they meant them and put all the emotion they felt when writing the book into reading it. Overall, I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to others if they like Anna Kendrick that is.
KatieDuds More than 1 year ago
I felt like I made a friend. I have a whole new respect for what it means to be a "celebrity". The struggle it took to gain even a ounce of success and to be working consistently. Anna's journey, especially after moving to LA, is something more 20-somethings can relate to. The difficulty of getting work and keeping it. I appreciated her ability to admit to being out of her element most of the time. She was honest to a fault, which only made me like her more. This was a fantastic and interesting read from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect, I knew that I was going to have to read her book. I was not disappointed. I love her style of humor and that she's not afraid to be self-deprecating. I like how the stories ranged from her childhood through today. It was nice to read a book where Anna actually told stories about her life and that it wasn't celebrity name drop after celebrity name drop. She is still a down to earth person, and it shows in her writing.
AureliaC More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Anna's personality definitely shines through and it's great! She is so humble and humorous about her "status" as a celebrity.
Ceejayy17 More than 1 year ago
I adore Anna Kendrick and reading her book validates how I presumed her to be, real. Very funny and the tone that you get from reading is exactly like herself.
lg22 More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, couldn't put it down once I started reading.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
There are some cute stories and genuinely funny parts, but for the most part, majority of it was generic. What is with celebrity memoirs always talking about experiences as a child actor (aka doing those mortifying roles like Wizard of Oz and Annie))? It isn't interesting or entertaining, to be perfectly honest. There were some fun parts to read, but a lot of the chapters come off as rants or as though Kendrick herself is really detached from the story. A lot of it is about Anna Kendrick in Hollywood or her acting, rather than anything personal from her life. I just wasn't engaged through a lot of it. I felt like I was possibly reading basic blog posts rather than a book. Really disappointing because I adore Anna Kendrick, but this book just didn't work for me.