Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of whimsical autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air recounts memorable milestones from her New England upbringing to the blockbuster films that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses.

& Taylor

A collection of whimsical autobiographical essays by the actress and star of "Up in the Air" recounts memorable milestones, from her New England upbringing to the blockbuster films that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses.

Simon and Schuster

An “honest, effortlessly funny, and alternatively relatable” (Harper’s Bazaar) collection of autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, and Trolls, “Scrappy Little Nobody lets readers feel like they have spent an afternoon chatting with their closest friend” (Booklist).

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).

Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2016
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501117206
Characteristics: xxiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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May 19, 2017

A nice light chatty little book. It made a nice break from the somewhat heavier fare I tend to favour. It's a very quick read, jumping from anecdote to anecdote (which are grouped thematically rather than chronologically). Basically, it's like having a conversation with a friend - flitting from topic to topic but a nice way to get to know them.

GSPLmandy May 16, 2017

I was so excited to read this book. I really like Anna Kendrick's aloof humour. This was a quick and fun read with some noted anecdotes but it fell a little flat for me.

May 13, 2017

I liked it, though I enjoyed Amy Schumer and Mindy Kahling's books better, but I appreciated Anna's short girl jokes and descriptions of living with anxiety and a crippling inability to adult.

Apr 06, 2017

It was a pretty good autobiography and better than those from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, since it kept the normal prose instead of being a collection of artistic articles like the latter two were.

SPL_Heather Mar 20, 2017

A full review of this Hollywood memoir can be found under "Summary," which was first published in the Stratford Gazette on 16 Mar 2017.

Feb 17, 2017

Overall I enjoyed listening, but some chapters I felt she had to talk about because she literally had nothing else to talk about (i.e. rants about the travesties of adulting and literally a chapter dedicated to fake parties she plans). Fun, easy read.

Feb 03, 2017

I have always loved her and when I read this book it confirmed everything I thought. She is a super down-to-earth girl, with quite a few funny stories to share. The book is just her talking about some of the events that happened throughout her life (how she got into acting, how she has failed in the love department and how she gets to play dress up for work but worries that "they" might find out she is a fraud and all of it will disappear).

Jan 17, 2017

I like Anna Kendrick's wry take on things. This was an enjoyable quick read - I did feel that her ironic style of writing didn't work as well in the later chapters when discussing red carpets, galas and the like ... as it did in the beginning before she became famous. Still, she has a gift for words as well as for acting and I hope she writes more.

Cynthia_N Jan 09, 2017

Kendrick has a great sense of humor (or at least one very similar to mine)!! Fun read!

Dec 21, 2016

"Scrappy Little Nobody" was charming and endearing, well-written and funny. The narrative voice is killer. Some of the feelings and the experiences portrayed are so universal that you almost forget the person writing this is was in FIVE MOVIES that came out THIS YEAR. Anyway. Anna Kendrick is lovely and I love her and this book just made me love her even more.

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SPL_Heather Mar 20, 2017

Actress Anna Kendrick has penned a memoir of her life detailing her experiences from a child actor on Broadway to a major screen star in Hollywood in Scrappy Little Nobody. The book is a collection of autobiographical essays that are told in an irreverent tone and with self-deprecating humour.

Kendrick is witty and very open about her experiences and opinions which makes her endearing and charming. The essays progress in a fairly chronological manner. We learn how Kendrick started as a child actor and made her debut on Broadway at the age of 12. She says that while her Tony nominated role gave her large exposure, the fact that her father had to temporarily relocate with her to New York from Maine and work two jobs to pay the rent, helped her to be the rare child actor to grow up “without the drug addiction.” Kendrick recounts her experience moving to Hollywood and feeling lonely and struggling with success. She explains how the media attention and an Oscar nomination for her role in Up in the Air was difficult to reconcile with the fact that she lived with roommates and slept on an Ikea single bed.

Kendrick shares about some of her most formative experiences with men and love. She casually mentions famous actors that she’s worked with but she’s not dishing any gossip. She discusses how working on the Twilight saga paid the bills so that she was able to take indie roles. Unfortunately, Kendrick doesn’t mention how she got the roles in her big break films so readers don’t have any movie-making strategies to replicate.

Kendrick maintains throughout the book that she is just a “nobody” who got lucky. Her obvious talent as an actress and singer are what have made her one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood today, but it’s refreshing that she downplays her talent. Kendrick’s awkwardness and spunkiness make her a relatable kind of celebrity. She takes on a conversational tone as she shares her memories and opinions.


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