Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna KendrickScrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody

byAnna Kendrick

Paperback | August 22, 2017

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The New York Times bestselling 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).
Anna Kendrick was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve in her Tony-nominated performance for the musical High Society. Anna garnered an Academy Award nomination for her role as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air. She has made numerous theatrical appearances, including starring roles in Into ...
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Title:Scrappy Little NobodyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 22, 2017Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:150111722X

ISBN - 13:9781501117220

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I listened to the audio book for this because I realized listening to celebrity books is pretty entertaining in itself. I quite enjoy Anna Kendrick and figured her book, and her reading it, would be brilliant. Well, it started absolutely horribly. Like she was reading a stranger's book & the material was totally foreign to her. But I'm happy to say that it greatly improved and I really enjoyed hearing about the early years of her life. For example, I had no idea she started in Broadway as a child actor! Some of her post-move-to-LA stories were also kind of interesting but at that point it was more of her relatable, quirky, girl-next-door humour that made it good. It definitely dulled towards the end and I had expected more.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read, But Nothing New I've listened to the audiobooks for a few of these young celebrity autobiography type books, and I've had mixed experiences with them. It seems a bit strange to have them write books so young, when they're barely half way through their career. But obviously they're selling, and I'm borrowing them from the library, so perhaps they've got something going for them. I wasn't really sure what to expect from Anna Kendrick's story. I've only seen a few of her movies, and I know she's fun on Twitter, and that's about it. I was surprised to find that she was very relatable throughout this book, and though there wasn't a lot of substance because she is still pretty young, she was fun to listen to and she told her own stories in a way that made it sound like you were just listening to a friend recount what had happened in their life since you last saw them. I think this would have been a better book down the road, but it was a fun, quick listen for now. All in all, this was a fun audiobook, and I enjoyed listening to it. If you're making the round on these sorts of autobiographies or are a fan of Kendrick's, you should definitely not miss this one. 
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wanted more Funny and sweet book. Focusing on her early life on Broadway, her tiny body and all her quirks. Interestingly she talks more about her time on Twilight then Pitch Perfect! award season, stylists, and George Clooney! She is very self deprecating and shows all her warts but with humour. If you like Mindy Kahlings books I would recommend it. If you are looking for Pitch Perfect gossip there is none. Still a funny and enjoyable read maybe not laugh out loud but definitely a get to know her better and like her more read.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite Must Read! A relatable, fun, funny and charming book! I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. She is as charming and lovable in this book as she appears to be in interviews. I would definitely highly recommend this book - no doubt!
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming! I don't love celebrity memoirs, truthfully (I read this because of a prompt for the Read Harder challenge). But, if you find Anna Kendrick charming & endearing in interviews & on talk shows, you will be equally charmed here. It's laugh out loud funny in a couple of spots. And she makes you feel not quite so alone in your quirky pickadillos. Stars, they're just like us!
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A funny and relatable read! I'm glad that I read this during my commute home.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perfect Book for Your Commute! The book was honest and funny from the very beginning. It's a great book to listen to on your commute or a road trip and will keep you engaged. The audio book is the perfect way to listen to it, as the author reads it herself, giving additional depth to the stories. Really enjoyed listening to this book!
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious She was very honest and hilarious. Very true to her personality. This really helped especially on long wait in the airport.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic I loved her before but I think this book really highlights her as a person and her values. If you love her then i really recommend reading this book
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny Funny for sure, not the best biography I've read but there are some laugh out loud moments.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh This book was okay...From the reviews i was expecting it to be funny..i never laughed once. I also found this book all over the place
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! It was funny and relatable and a blast to read! I can't recommend this book enough.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I love Anna Kendrick, I think she is great. So when I saw her book I picked it up. It was funny, and now I love her even more. It was well written and so down to earth.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Fun! I was happily surprised with this autobiography! I loved reading Anna Kendrick's story and love her even more now than I did before. She writes with a purpose and everything flows perfectly. To top it off, she is absolutely hilarious - perfect if you want a book to make you laugh! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Anna Kendrick is hilarious and so down to earth. I absolutely love her and this book! Highly recommended for a light read!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Anna Kendrick is super down-to-earth and her stories are so funny to read. I loved this book!!
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Funny! Laughed out loud several times, really a great read into her life.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastically Funny! Just as you would expect, Anna Kendrick is just as funny in her writing as she is in interviews. The way she talks about her life and her experiences is not to be missed. A quick, enjoyable read, for sure!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Her All around a great read! She is hilarious and so down to earth! Loved her acting before but was so great to read about her and her life!!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Collection of Thoughts Kendrick explores stories from her childhood, fame, love, and more. Her writing makes it feel like we're actually friends now. She gives us a glimpse of the world of theatre and film through a realistic perspective. Differing from most celebrity autobiographies, Kendrick solicits real-life, applicable advice rather than cliche, abstract mantras.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it, Didn't Love it I always enjoy these autobiographies of woman comedians, I love hearing where they come from and how they got to where they are now. It helps you relate to them and realize: 'hey, they're human too". This one was not my favourite, but she did have me laughing.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it! I love Anna Kendrick and thought this book was really fun and an interesting look at her life.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book. And to be fair, I took forever to finish it, which is not my normal modus operandi when I love a book. Those of you who read my reviews know that I usually devour books I love. But this one I savoured ... like a fine wine. Okay, straight up, for the last year-and-a-half this has been my bathroom book. Not just for sitting on the toilet but also bubble baths and hiding in there when I'm entertaining people I need a break from. I pre-ordered this book and started reading it as soon as it came but immediately recognized it as a collection of wonderful vignettes that I wanted to enjoy slowly. In the toilet. (And I'm SURE I had many guests who saw the book sitting on the counter and helped themselves to some Anna humour). Anna is hilarious and REAL. She's one of those famous people who you want to meet not to ask for an autograph but to hang out with just to ask her about how weird it is to be famous. I first saw her in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and for years afterward thought she was sooo cool and I was really proud she was a Canadian actress (yeah, she's not Canadian ... but she's cool enough to be Canadian). And I didn't first see her in Scott Pilgrim ... I kinda forgot she was in Twilight (sorry, Anna). Beyond learning that she is indeed an American actress, I loved hearing about feisty young Anna going for her dreams. And she includes lots of fun extras in this book. I particularly loved her special afterward for book clubs. And her About the Author page (I also am shorter in real life). I could go on and on about how much I adored Anna's voice in this book but I'll start to be repetitive. Just go and get it (you know you need a bathroom book). Now I have an empty spot on the vanity in the bathroom ...
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Kendrick's humour and wit are an undeniable presence in her book. A little bit of an odd structure to the anecdotes but each one manages to capture her charm and what makes her one of the funniest and successful actors in the industry.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing It's great how honest Anna is. I laughed a lot while reading this. would recommend to anyone how likes her
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hilarious but could have been better structured I loved Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect and find her Twitter quite amusing, so I was excited to start her memoir Scrappy Little Nobody. The book goes into her life as a child actor, the way theatre and Hollywood shaped her experiences as a child, as a teen, as an adult, and how being an outsider to the process, she was constantly surprised by the things she kept on figuring out. Her tone is a little self-deprecating, a little what-is-going-on-here, and a little this-is-crazy-but-I-love-it. If you like her humor, you will definitely like reading the book. However, I’m not really a reader of non-fiction, and I like to have a good narrative thread to what I read. While her anecdotes and stories are hilarious on their own, when strung together, they feel very disjointed and abrupt. I would have probably been better off reading this slowly, part by part over a long period of time but that’s not how I read, soooo *shrugs* Overall, all I can say that is that it is entertaining and humorous to be sure, but still not a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. She is awesome at making any story sound intriguing but this could have been edited better to flow well.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was hilarious, and poignant, it's definitely one of my favourite autobiographies.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is Anna When you paint a picture in your head on how a celebrity is, you might not expect what you get! An easy read in to the world of Anna - how she can to be - personally and professionally.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Love this book! Kendrick is so funny and down to earth <3
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and relatable A fun read. Kendrick is funny, charming, and relatable.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gold Star I am only halfway through the first chapter and I already feel the need to tell people how awesome this book is. Cute, interesting, and laugh-out-loud funny. Anna Kendrick is amazing
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read! This book was incredibly easy and fun to read! Anna Kendrick gave us a peak into her world and the book is funny throughout! I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Not usually a fan of biographies, especially comedic ones. Most of the time I find myself under impressed. Kendrick does a great job of keeping a smile on your face through the whole book though!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious I love Anna in all her movies, then I got her book as a gift! SCORE! I loved learning about her life and she's hilarious!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Hilarious book from a great talent
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely hilarious I'm not normally an autobiography reader, however Anna's is absolutely delightful. Her stories were enjoyable and I was excited to finish the book.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She is so Scrappy! You never know how good these celebrity autobiographies will be. This one was a hit. I listened to it read by Anna - so it was like Anna was right in my ear! She had a great mix of a) Telling us a bit about her life b) self-depreciating humour c) rolling some overall good life lessons in with the stories. Obviously well edited so that it was never boring. Not sure if I would have loved it as much if I read it (reading - what a drag right? If I wanted to read I would see a foreign film with subtitles) because having her intonate (why isn't Chapters spellcheck recognizing that as a word? Does it think I mean I'm "Into Nate?" Come on spell check!!!) the content helped bring it to life. But, as it was, a great week listening to this book on my drive to work. One of the better autobiographies I have heard.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I'm personally not a big fan of the writing style and technique.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read I really enjoyed this! I loved learning more about her and her adorable awkwardness. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I absolutely loved this book! It kept me entertained and laughing. It was interesting to learn more about Anna and what steps she took to get where she is today.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable Okay not entirely relatable, with all the Hollywood and Broadway, but Anna really does come across as just a regular ol joe with millennial humor.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not What I Was Expecting For some reason, I was disappointed in this book. It was not exciting or anything out of the ordinary, but does give a realistic view of what many actors and actresses go through to get to where they are today. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun This was a great read. I learned a lot about Kendrick that I never knew about her before. She is also really funny. Such a great introduction into her life.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this. It was a good read. Not something I would necessarily read twice but it's definitely an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this. It was a good read. Not something I would necessarily read twice but it's definitely an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous What an inspiring book, kudos to the author. Wish there were more books like these. What a sweet little story, I would recommend this to all my friends. I really enjoyed reading this book. I love these types of books, they are so full of life. Wonderfully written, it was a pleasure to read.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good AK is funny and a better writer than I would have expected.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved the book, she is so funny and it was so interesting to read about her life! Definitely a great buy!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Anna kendrick is the best!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kendrick Wonderful for any fan of hers!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Big fan of Anna Kendrick. Thought the first 2/3 were amazing, and it kind of dragged on towards the end. Love her sense of humor
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Haven't had time to finish it but it's good so far #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming, self-deprecating, and fun. Anna Kendrick has a great writing style that's full of humor, self-deprecation, and charm. She seems to have written a very open, honest memoir that doesn't dance around her personal life the way many celebrity memoirs tend to. I enjoyed this window into her thoughts on her career and life and the entertainment business in general. I think anyone who enjoys her as an actress and enjoys hearing about the weirdness of show-business will find something to like here.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "The crazy wants out!" Anna Kendrick is hilarious.. Her novel shows how weird she is, which makes it totally relatable. Nothing is more real and honest than "The crazy wants out". I laughed out loud to the audio book about every 5 minutes or so. A fantastic read that demonstrates just how not glamorous being famous really is. I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour.
Date published: 2017-01-20

Editorial Reviews

"The craziest thing of all is that [Kendrick] manages to seem likable and down-to-earth across 275 pages(!). . . . In an era of manufactured authenticity, it's honestly impressive." —Chicago Tribune