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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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
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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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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
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
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
Nov 30, 2016 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I dedicate this review to Steven....A 'short' review! May you enjoy your coffee in peace, Steven.

"Great things come in small packages"!
Anna: "small' on you is classy, sexy, funny, audacious, powerful, genuine, and

Anna is phenomenal in the movie "Up in the Air".....
and terrific as Cinderella in movie version of "Into the Woods"!
Just sayin!!!

A fun - down to earth - adorable - Audiobook memoir!

Jan 14, 2017 Trish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
♕Miss A♕
Pale, awkward and very very small. My long-lost twin, Anna Kendrick. I need this book in my life.

3.35/5 stars

i'm too lazy to write a review for this, friends. happy thanksgiving!
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
Lola  Reviewer
Typical memoir from a celebrity – not much juicy info – and dull, especially regarding the love-life department. But Ms Kendrick does write well.
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
Thank you so much to TouchStone books for sending me a copy of this book! Disclaimer: this in no way affects my opinion on the book.
I adore this book. Anna Kendrick is one of my favorite actresses, and I absolutely love her in The Accountant, 50/50, End of Watch, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, Up In The Air, Pitch Perfect, etc. I think she's absolutely hilarious and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I listened to the audiobook and it was so great, her voice makes it all the more
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.
Taryn Pierson
Dec 01, 2016 Taryn Pierson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-release, audio
I think the best tidbit I took away from Anna Kendrick's book of funny personal essays was not to put too much stock in “nice.” Being nice, as Kendrick explains, usually means being compliant. It means not sticking up for yourself, or knuckling under when people try to push your boundaries. And in order to be a good person, the kind of person you want to be, you might just have to let go of the idea of being nice.

Oh man, did I need to hear that. Not earth-shattering advice, maybe, but absolutely
Jenny (adultishbooks)
Nov 17, 2016 Jenny (adultishbooks) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This book confirmed what I already knew to be true: Anna and I are destined to be best friends.
Michelle Curie
Nov 24, 2016 Michelle Curie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, humour
"Oh man. Is my Wikipedia page going to say 'author' now? That's gonna make me look like such a dick."

To me, Anna Kendrick is just one of these instantly likeable people. She's funny and good at her job. And she can sing. I first saw her in Twilight (yeah, I know) and then again in Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect and when I came across some interviews she did and tweets she tweeted, I realised she also had such a fun and good sense of humour that she would qualify as a person I like. When
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.
I actually learned a lot about Anna Kendrick. In terms of celebrity memoirs, (which are somewhat of a strange obsession of mine-- I don't know what it is. I just like that they're trying to be relatable or funny. I like reading about behind-the-scenes things so it's exciting.) this is a pretty good one. It reads well and the pacing is good.

I loved that she talked about Into the Woods (not enough, in my opinion) and Pitch Perfect was mentioned briefly. I wanted more interactions but this wasn't
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
Jan 16, 2017 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
I had such high hopes for that book; I love Anna and her sense of humor and I dived into that book expecting it to be an enjoyable read but oh well. This book just dragged on and on, starting from Kendrick's childhood to her present acting career, filled with way too many details that made it dull. There were moments when Kendrick's comicality just shone through and at times it felt so utterly relatable but even all that wasn't enough, for me to love that book.
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.

Eve Messenger
Jan 17, 2017 Eve Messenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humorous and cute. Anna Kendrick is unflinchingly honest about her personal failings. Favorite quote: Stacking my dishes and leaving them there has become a veritable game of high stakes Jenga.
Alyssa Calloway
Jan 20, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2003, I saw the movie Camp, as I am into musical theater and it looked like something I’d enjoy. In the middle of the film, a character named Fritzi both literally and figuratively steals the show. From that moment on, she’s the one to watch. I made note of the actress’ name, not knowing if I’d see her in anything again. Many years later, a movie called Up in the Air is nominated for an Oscar, and I learned that this same actress is in a featured role. I soon learn that she’s not going to dis ...more
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.

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I have challenged myself to read at least one book out of my comfort zone each month. This was my January book.
2 minutes into the audiobook I thought "Nah this is not for me, I'll listen for another 20 minutes if I felt the same I'd DNF". The next thing I know I'm 2 hours in and don't want to pause to do anything else!
It turned out to be a very entertaining autobiography and Anna Kendrick had lots to say. I specially enjoyed her narration which was perfect for her own book.
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

Anna Kendrick may be relatively famous now, but it’s nice to know she hasn’t entirely let it go to her head. Kendrick pretty much remains grounded, with a good dose of humble, regarding what her life has become. The absurdity of movie making definitely has its share of interesting, odd, and unglamorous parts. As she recounts her life, Anna does so with sarcastic and self deprecating humor and aplomb, showcasing her own brand of relatable crazy.

Audio version highly recommended.
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
Laurie - The Baking Bookworm
4.5 stars (increased to 5 stars for this site)

Before I listened to this audiobook I guess you could say that I was an Anna Kendrick fan. I enjoy the Pitch Perfect movies and have seen her in the Twilight movies and Into The Woods but it's her sense of humour and the feeling that she's just a regular gal that have always drawn her to me.

With this group of essays Anna brings her readers on a journey through her normal childhood to her time acting on Broadway stages as a tween, to paying her dues i
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
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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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