Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 Summary from Goodreads:

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 PerfectUp in the AirTwilight, 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).

My Review:

What I Liked:

Everything. :D I did not expect to connect on so many levels with Anna Kendrick. However, she reminded me of my own experiences and personality on many levels. I connected with how she is constantly thought be younger than she is, and her issues with anxiety. 

I hope that she writes more about her experiences in Hollywood because she brings a sense of normal to a career and life that tends to be viewed as otherworldly. Kendrick does a great job of grounding herself and I loved reading about her life/opinions. 

Humor. I really loved Kendrick's humor (on the screen as well) and found myself laughing a lot. I'm hoping to pick up the audiobook that Anna Kendrick reads herself because I bet it would convey more of the dry humor.

The Message. I was not expecting to resonate with the issues that Kendrick brings up, most of all with gender expectations and double standards.  

Writing. Kendrick did a great job with the style of the memoir and I enjoyed her tone/voice. She touches on a lot of topics but does it in a way that does not confuse the reader.

What I Did Not Like:

I had little to no problems with this novel (which is something these days), and I even spread out this 304 page novel because I did not want it to end. The only chapter that was hard to follow was one about partying on buccaneers day but it did have an overall good message about maturing. 

The main thing downside was the length, I needed more of Kendrick's humor and great writing style.

I recommend checking out this amazing and hilarious memoir! :)

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.

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