Scrappy Little NobodyBook - 2016
At the ripe age of thirteen, Kendrick had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged.” Now she invites readers inside her brain, recounting the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture. From her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her rise dazzling on the stage and screen, we enter her sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious) world.
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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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