Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick


I wish I could have called this “It’s not that serious” or “A tweet, but longer.” So much significance is placed on something you put in a book, and I don’t care much for significance. Let’s agree now that we’re just having a conversation and I happen to talk more than I listen (true in real life as well). I tend to spew my opinions until someone interrupts me, and weirdly, my computer never gained sentience to save me from myself.

I am not one that usually enjoys autobiographies. I would rather dive deep into the world of fiction and forget the world exists (that’s normal, right?).

However, now there are a total of two autobiographies that I highly recommend to anyone that can read. The first being Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. Now, I will gladly add Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick to my short list.

If you’re not familiar with Anna Kendrick’s work, I highly suggest you begin catching up. Here’s a list of movie’s (in no particular order) that she’s in to make your life better:

  • Elsewhere (2009)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • The Last Five Years (2014)
  • Mr. Right (2015)
  • Drinking Buddies (2013)
  • Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
  • Up Into the Air (2009)

Okay, now that you have those to start with (seriously, look into them), let’s talk about her book.

The one thing I love most about this book (and Anna Kendrick in general) is her knack for being blatantly honest. She is also so very sarcastic and I appreciate that just as much. She tells it how it is, and sometimes people just need to hear that.

The book covers an array of topics. Of course, she covers her childhood and her journey to becoming famous. Then, there are the stories in between that seamlessly tie in with her life and make you laugh but also teaches you some important life lessons (although I don’t know if that was her intention).

She also covers the meaning of ‘nice’, the anxiety of being an adult, bullying, and so much more. As I read her stories and her thoughts, I found myself relating to her. Anna freaking Kendrick. This incredibly successful actress, singer, and now AUTHOR makes it all so relatable. I would read a chapter (in particular “The World’s Most Reluctant Adult”) and just thought, “This is me. How did she put this into words? I’ve been trying to say this for years! This is the chapter I never knew I needed in my life!”

I could seriously go on and on about this book and tell you how amazing it is. I could add additional quotes to give you a little sneak peek of what you’ll be getting. But I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to urge you to just go read it. You’ll be better for it.

I mean seriously. Just go read it. You can thank me later.

OH! When you do go read it and finish it, don’t skip the “Reader’s Guide” in the back. It’s awesome.

Okay, now go.

I hope you enjoy!



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