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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
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Published November 15th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Tiffany Thordal There are swear words here and there, but it's not overly graphic. I would think it would be informational and inspiring for her.
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Natalie
Dec 28, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
I've been waiting to read this collection of humorous autobiographical essays for months and months, and I can now say that the wait was definitely worth it. Anna Kendrick's humor is even more hilarious on paper.

In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

Sidebar: her honesty in this was kind of inspiring. It was like siting down to gossip with your friends and family (similar to
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Cait • A Page with a View
I was kind of expecting this to be funnier, but the whole book was still a pretty fun read because she doesn't take herself too seriously and is completely self-aware. There were a few parts where I laughed out loud! But it was mostly an honest & open narrative that gives a different perspective on Hollywood. I didn't know too much about Anna Kendrick outside of the roles she's played, so I didn't realize she came from such a normal background and has such a regular life (despite the whole, ...more
Emir Ibañez
Nov 29, 2016 Emir Ibañez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this was a funny read.
It made me laugh out loud several times but it also has some "serious" stuff, it is well balanced and yes, this made me love Anna even more. This book felt like we were just lying in the grass and talking after a year of not seeing each other or something. I had a problem with the audiobook tho, she was talking very fast and English is not my first language so I had some problems trying to understand what she was saying but the next moment she was talking about somethin
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Larry Hoffer
Nov 24, 2016 Larry Hoffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

So, I kinda have a thing for Anna Kendrick. I've been (healthily) obsessed with her since 2003, when she appeared in an indie movie called Camp , which was about kids attending a performing arts summer camp in upstate New York.

Anna played a young girl named Fritzi, who had an obsession with a girl named Jill, who starred in most of the plays that summer. But Jill mistreated Fritzi, so in the end, Fritzi got her revenge, as you'll see in the clip at https://youtu.be/W8y9p
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Trish
Jan 14, 2017 Trish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I MADE IT!


Disclaimer: smoking weed after reading Stephen King’s The Shining is apparently a bad idea.

I’m not into biographies. Not unless they are historically and/or politically important. Nevertheless, when I got a probably historically important one (haven’t read it yet), I also got this one, hoping it would make me laugh (Anna Kendrick’s movies aren’t bad and she seemed like a funny person).

Sadly, this book was soooo disappointing. I guess I should have known because she is only about half a
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Mari
Apr 29, 2016 Mari marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i'm not usually one to read celebrity books but i mean. anna kendrick. the blurb alone makes me smile already. completely effortless.
Kelsey Manning
Aug 06, 2016 Kelsey Manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the manuscript (don't worry, we don't have bound books yet!) and wow. I wrote LOL in the margins whenever I actually LOLed, and my pages are now absolutely filled with them. I was an Anna Kendrick fan but am now a devotee.
Flannery
Dec 28, 2016 Flannery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I like about listening to comedic (as in funny, not necessarily by a comedian) memoirs is that they are easy for others to pick up for short bursts. I almost exclusively listen in my car and, every once in a while, someone will get in and ask me about what I'm listening to when it starts playing. Usually I have to turn it off so I don't lose my place or get distracted. With memoirs read by the author, people don't mind picking it up at a random place and just listening for a sp ...more
Alexa
Dec 30, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I love Anna Kendrick's humour and this is, obviously, funny, quirky and relatable. I really enjoyed reading about Anna's experiences and it always fascinates me how hard actors have had to work they're entire lives to make it where they are now. Clearly, Anna went through a lot and she had to do a lot of "fake it till you make it" moments.

Michael
Dec 02, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I going to be totally honest and say that I am a major Anna Kendrick fan and as a reader, I was impatiently waiting for her memoir Scrappy Little Nobody to be released. Now that I have read it I will say that this is one of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time and makes me respect her even more (if that's possible). From the opening page, Anna held me in her spell with her honesty, wit, and sense of self-deprecation that was simply impossible to resist.

Told through a collection
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Bonnie
While Anna Kendrick discovered a love for acting at an early age, this certainly didn’t help her popularity with the other kids. What middle schooler even knows what the hell Sundance is anyways? Scrappy Little Nobody is a collection of brilliantly amusing episodes of her life from the time she was in a community theater production of Annie (Annie is brought up frequently, for which she apologizes for), flashing forward to the time she was typically referred to as “Number 44” on the set of Twili ...more
Alyssa Calloway
GIMME.
Shadowdenizen
What a wonderful book! I've been a fan of Anna Kendrick for quite some time. I find her to be one of the most likeable, relatable actresses in quite sone time. Her intelligence, charm and self-deprecating wit really shine through on every page. Highly recommended.
Maryjane
3.5/5 stars, rounded up because Anna is my fave.

Lately it seems that celebrities and comedians think it's really cool to tell us about their lives, and in most cases I agree. But generally speaking, most of these read the same. The authors tell us funny stories from their childhood and they talk about what they wish they knew then. Followed up by explanations of some behind the scenes action from what they have worked on in the past, and how it helped shape their future. I will admit that the e
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Doug
Dec 19, 2016 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Ok, it's not as consistently clever as Tina Fey's book, nor as deep as Mary-Louise Parker's, but if you've seen Anna on a talk show and/or enjoyed her performances, as I have, it's a pleasure to spend some time in her company, and she has an interesting tale to tell. Hard to fault someone who has been nominated for a Tony at 12 and an Oscar by 25. There are a few superfluous chapters (I'm looking at you 'pretend parties') and I would suggest NOT reading the book in one sitting, as I did, sin ...more
Eric
Well this book was a little different as memoir books go. Anna is interesting, occasionally funny and maybe a little cautious. She can also speak at an extremely fast rate of speed. The listener really has to pay attention.

I have been a big fan of Ms. Kendrick for quite awhile. I liked her roles in Up In the Air and 50/50 just to name a couple of her numerous movies. I especially like her in the movie Pitch Perfect. Anna has a wonderful voice. She has (at least to me) a "girl next door" persona
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Steph
This is not an unbiased review because I'm fairly convinced we're almost the same person (based on my limited knowledge of who she Actually Is as a human being because I'm aware we don't really know celebrities and I'm not a crazy person) and every day I lament our lack of best friendship. But if you like feminism and people who are 10%-defiant-anxious-tiny assholes then I'm fairly certain this book is for you.

When I read the ending quote that Anna released prior to this book which includes the
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Ida (About a Book)
“I had thought my younger self assumed everything would work out – that I was possessed of some reckless confidence you only have in youth. Otherwise, how could I have been fool enough to try? But the journal wasn’t quixotic, it was fearful. The terror was so present, yet I was doing it anyway.”

With her trademark sense of humour, actress Anna Kendrick delivers a delightful collection of essays on the ups and downs of life, love, and career pursuits. From her early start in theatre to her success
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Lori Reed
Dec 30, 2016 Lori Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, made-me-laugh
If you are picking this up for the dish on Twilight this is not the book for you. But if you want a hilarious read similar to Felicia Day's You're Never Weird on the Internet pick this up. Packed with short chapters of growing up as a stage actress and then trying to make it in Hollywood then finally making it, Kendrick Anna will feel like your BFF.

I'm glad I chose audio because Kendrick's performance definitely added to the experience. This will make you laugh.

Normally I hate celebrity memoir
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Hannah
Nov 24, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Kendrick seems lovely. I thought so before I listened to her book and now I am fairly certain it is true.

I listened to her memoir on audiobook and as usual this was the right decision. Her delivery is perfect and the book is beyond hilarious. Her humour translates very well to the format and had me absolutely in stitches. This is also the strongest part of this book; weirdly enough I found her to be the funniest of all the "funny ladies" whose memoir I read in the last year, even though she
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Jessica
Jan 01, 2017 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is another example of me wishing I could meet this awesome celebrity that seems so down to earth. Kendrick has this great ability where her stories are personal but you don't feel like you're invading by listening/reading. (Yes, I know it's a book but sometimes I still feel like I'm invading a celebrity's privacy with what they share). It felt like I had been invited over for a bowl of Mac and cheese and a bottle of wine. Like I was hanging out listening/chatting/goofing off with a friend. ...more
Allison
Nov 23, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I enjoyed getting a look into Kendrick's life and career. As I read, though, I found myself wanting to know more about things she just included small details about: her Tony nom, in particular. Her essays made me laugh, which I wanted them to do, and they made me see her in a way that I didn't before. I'm not sure what led me to give this the extra half-star but it was a pleasant, quick read.
Alissa in Wonderland✨
I received a copy through a Goodreads Giveaway!

Going into his book I really liked Anna Kendrick. She's always seemed incredibly down to earth and she makes theatre references. My kind of celebrity! Now after reading this book I can safely say I love Anna Kendrick. She comes off as being self-deprecating, sarcastic, but incredibly kind and endearing. I absolutely loved getting to read some of her behind the scenes stories of her early Broadway days, and her work on Into the Woods (oh yeah and tho
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Addy
I'm not a fan of Anna Kendrick. I've seen her in both of the Pitch Perfect movies, and that's about it. This is just what I happened to pick up when I felt in the mood to read my first memoir.

This was different from what I expected. For one, there's a lot of talk about her sex life and bad language. (Which both put my off of this quite a bit.) I'm not quite understanding why the former is so prevalent. I don't want to know about it at all. I wouldn't even talk about my sex life with my best frie
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Robin
Jan 14, 2017 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I read this!!!! I learnt a lot more about Anna Kendrick and now I definitely view her more as a normal, relatable person!!!!! There's a lot more to her than her acting of course ;). She's very down-to-earth; I loved all her hilarious and little witty stories and experiences :D
Milana M (acouplereads)
I liked Anna Kendrick before I read this but now, now I love Anna Kendrick. At first I thought, oh man is this going to be just another typical celebrity book? Gues guess what! It's not! It was so funny and I love how down to earth she is. I'm pretty sure if I met her IRL I'd run over and beg her to grab a cuppa with me so we could gab about all the things in life. I also found it was nice to be able to relate to her because she comes from a "normal" family. A mother who's an accountant, a fathe ...more
Trin
Aug 31, 2016 Trin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Kendrick says she has a hard time making friends. I'll be your friend, Anna! Call me!

I already suspected as much, but this book makes it totally clear: she would be absolutely awesome to have a beer with. This is one of the best "here are some stories and other random thoughts" memoirs I've read, from a celebrity or otherwise, mostly because it really does feel like a long rambling conversation. One where you end up snarfing at least once.

Don't miss the "Reading Group Guide" at the end; it
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Lilly (Lair Of Books)
***4.5 Stars***

Anna Kendrick won me over in Pitch Perfect, one of my fave movies to watch whenever I need a quick pick me up. However, I had no idea that while starring in this film, she was basically a struggling actress. Kendrick does no hold back, opening the doors to her humble beginnings in small time plays, commercials, movies (small part in Twilight lol) before she scored bigger roles. Her fame didn't really kick in until she starred in Up In The Air along side George Clooney & later
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Katherine Locke
Nov 27, 2016 Katherine Locke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how this would work as a print book because 90% of the humor felt like it was in Kendrick's pitch perfect (HA! I'm hilarious) delivery in the audiobook. But the audiobook was WONDERFUL. I really enjoyed every part of it the whole way through. Kendrick was self deprecating without crossing over into annoyance, and interesting without becoming a tell-all about Hollywood which wasn't going to be interesting to me. Kendrick's idiosyncrasies, her humor, and her vulnerability make this bo ...more
Nadia
I loved it! I'll probably write something resembling a review once I calm down, but know, it was awesome!!
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Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer, born and raised in Portland, Maine. She is widely known for her roles in The Twilight Saga, Up in the Air, and Pitch Perfect. Throughout her acting career, Kendrick has received various awards and nominations.

Kendrick's debut memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody is set to come out in November, 2016.


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