Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.
“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.
I have to admit that I’ve never had strong feelings for Anna Kendrick – I definitely don’t dislike her in any way, but I also don’t have overwhelming love for her either. I’ve seen and enjoyed several of her films and she’s definitely a likeable person, so when her audiobook became available at the library, I thought I’d give it a go.
I’m sorry to say that unfortunately this wasn’t really to my tastes. It’s a collection of essays, written and narrated by Anna Kendrick herself, exploring a whole range of stories, mostly from her childhood and teenage years (she was only 30 when she wrote this book).
“Sure, it will be hard, but all you need to be a writer is perseverance, a low-level alcohol dependency, and a questionable moral compass.”
I found that for me this book dragged on a little, despite only being short. While some parts were amusing and I enjoyed the conversational writing style (more like a blog than a book), I didn’t find any of the stories overly interesting and I don’t think that any of it will stick with me long term. I also felt that some of the humour was a little forced.
I think that if you’re a huge Anna Kendrick fan, you’re probably going to enjoy this. I’m sure that her personality and enthusiasm, especially in the self-narrated audiobook, would be enough to win you over, but for me, it was just okay and I’m happy to admit that this is probably my own fault. Maybe I should stop picking up biographies of people I’m not huge fans of!
Anna mentioned a plan to write another autobiography in her 70s. Perhaps I’ll hang around and give that one a try in 50 years time!
Overall rating: Anna Kendrick‘s autobiography is a humorous read and I’m sure that it would be well loved by her huge fan base, but for me, I’m sorry to say that it wasn’t that interesting or memorable – 2 stars.