Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

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Unfortunately, her attempts at humor often fall flat, making her sound unnecessarily snarky instead of funny, and her overall tone borders on self-obsessed...Thanks to her hard work, Kendrick is a scrappy little somebody now, but she should stick to acting.
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A 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).
 

About Anna Kendrick

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Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve for her Tony-nominated performance in 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 the The Twilight Saga and Pitch Perfect film franchises. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the #2 Billboard hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in Pitch Perfect. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Touchstone. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Sep 17 2016

Unfortunately, her attempts at humor often fall flat, making her sound unnecessarily snarky instead of funny, and her overall tone borders on self-obsessed...Thanks to her hard work, Kendrick is a scrappy little somebody now, but she should stick to acting.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Alex McLevy on Nov 14 2016

Scrappy Little Nobody makes light of things both flighty and serious; it’s committed to fun above all else, and demonstrates why Kendrick, in her own voice, is a somebody worth reading.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Nov 16 2016

You might not expect an autobiographical work from a movie star...to be particularly relatable, but “Scrappy Little Nobody” will ring true to anyone who has felt like an outsider or an imposter. Even amidst the snarkiness – which is plentiful – the sincerity can’t help but shine through.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Sadaf Ahsan on Nov 16 2016

Even though Scrappy Little Nobody doesn’t offer as much substance as it could, it’s as sweet and easy a read as a Kendrick film, particularly if you’re a fan.

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