Scrappy Little Nobody

November 28, 2016 - Comment

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 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).

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Mike Fennessy says:

Exactly what I would have expected In interviews and on social media, Anna Kendrick comes across as a down to earth actual human being whom just happens to be famous. It was nice to read a memoir (if that term actually describes this book) confirming what I had hoped. She is an actress that I enjoy watching and I guess I can now say that she is an author I enjoy reading. I look forward to seeing what else she can do.

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Dr. J says:

Anna Kendrick – just like I’d hoped she’d be Scrappy Little Nobody was such a great relief from the terrible Monday – one week post 2016 election, Gwen Ifill died, a heinous incident with a smelly towel- I was having when it magically arrived in my Kindle that I almost cried. Luckily, however, the Effexor and Xanax did its job, and I just grinned a little and completely abandoned the Important Thoughtful Book I was reading for work. 

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Stacey Frazier says:

Scrappy Little Masterpiece Having read this charming book of autobiographical essays in one sitting, I literally couldn’t put it down. Anna is self deprecating in her telling of some of the most poignant experiences of her life, but comes across with her usual sarcasm that’s surprisingly relatable. Getting into her head, as she puts it is a dark place because the “crazy” wants out. It does get out and is hilarious as she stumbles through life evolving from a child star on Broadway to an A-list celebrity who’s…

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