Anna Kendrick went from a “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who entertains on stage, on screen and now on paper. Before her name was in big flashing lights starring in films like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Pitch Perfect, Twilight and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was very small, weird, loud and “ten per cent defiant.”
Scrappy Little Nobody is an amusing and enlightening autobiography written by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Pitch Perfect and Up in the Air.
Kendrick takes you on an adventure inside her brain, sharing extraordinary stories and experiences about her life.
The story starts off in kindergarten. Scrappy Little Nobody continues through grade school to adulthood and reveals what Kendrick has learned. From growing up wanting to be an adult so badly to having to live in her car in Los Angeles just to get by, the stories reveal Kendrick before she became famous.
In fourth grade, Kendrick learned the secret to “female bonding: the sleepover.” It was the secret to making a steady group of friends, and it became a regular thing that happened on Fridays.
At the age of thirteen, Kendrick got her journal read by the most popular guy in her grade so she burned the pages in the bathroom sink. Kendrick then “resolved to keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.”
Throughout her memoir, Kendrick writes about her hero: her older brother Mike. “He’s responsible for at least sixty per cent” of her personality. Kendrick has idolized Mike since the day she was born. Kendrick writes about her experiences filming the movies for which she is known and brings you into the lives of the co-stars she has worked with like Zac Efron, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and others. Kendrick also writes about how she lost her virginity, her first break up and the first time she did drugs.
Despite her success on screen, Kendrick reveals herself as a person who is just trying to get through life.
Scrappy Little Nobody reaches a target audience of people ages 19-25. Girls can relate to Kendrick through her break up experience and how she dealt with it.
Usually biographies are thought of as endless tales on one’s life, but Kendrick takes you on a laughing, and at one-point crying, road to the very end. This is Anna Kendrick’s first written work of art. She bravely shares her life story to everyone around the world.
Overall, Scrappy Little Nobody is a well-written, witty biography that portrays Anna Kendrick for who she really is, not just who she plays in movies and musicals.