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A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  10,011 ratings  ·  1,004 reviews
"Life's too short. I'm not."

You might know her as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked and won a Tony for 1999's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV—The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Sesame Street...oh, and her Huge Hit Sitcom Kristin on NBC. (Hug
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Touchstone (first published March 5th 2009)
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Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I am a big fan of Kristin Chenoweth so this was definitely a treat for me to read. I listen to the soundtrack for Wicked on my iPod all the time. I only wish I would have seen her perform as "Glinda" in Wicked live with Idina Menzel. But nonetheless, she was my favorite character on Pushing Daisies as Olive Snook. Oh, and did I mention her fabulous cameo on Glee (to die for). So I couldn't help but picking up this book in order to get more insider information on this tiny (with a very big voice) ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally venture into the non-fiction section of a bookstore unless by accident, but when I spotted Kristin Chenoweth’s memoir A Little Bit Wicked I knew that I had to read it because 1) I love all things Wicked (although it does not dominate her story); and 2) I fell in love with Kristin Chenoweth when she played Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies.


{A little slice goes a long way} I loved the format of this book. Yes, Kristin Chenoweth goes in chronological order, but it never f
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I want to shake Kristen Chenoweth by the shoulders and say, "Listen, honey, life isn't that great. Cheer down."

Seriously: I love Kristin Chenoweth's perky, upbeat personality. But in a book-length autobiography, there is a thin line between perkiness and superficiality, and this book seems to cross it. Chenoweth is a highly successful singer and entertainer, but there is little sense of the struggles, headaches, and rejections that a young girl from Oklahoma must have de
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Bought on Audible
Actual Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses

What I Loved: Kristin Chenoweth is just such a delightful personality. She has great stories from her life both professionally and personally. I don't feel like she held anything back! She does it with such poise, humor, and a little wink/nudge to her friends. This was like getting a glimpse into what I think is one of the most down-to-earth celebrities there is today. It might be her southern roots but you just feel like she is someone you could si
Madeline  Worrell
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kristin Chenoweth is such a spunky, fun-loving, kind, woman. I would like to adopt her as my baby sister!

Scottsdale Public Library
I wanted to read A Little Bit Wicked because I am a big fan of Kristin Chenoweth. Kristin tells her story about the beginning of her life, struggles, and decisions in a refreshingly honest, funny, and endearing manner. When I read her story, I didn't know as much about her background, education, adoption, early life in Oklahoma, and her formative years developing her considerable talent. Her first big break that occurs in New York City, leads her away from a career in Opera and on to Broadway, T ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoy Kristin Chenoweth in moderation so I liked this book. It was pretty middle of the board for me. There were some stories I just didn't care about and then some that I wanted to hear more about. Her stories about her hair, particularly the one where she basically had to cut it all off, was entertaining and sad at the same time. I loved hearing everything to do with Pushing Daisies and it makes me want to rewatch it again. A show gone too soon. I loved all the stories about Wicked and didn' ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Everyone who knows me knows that Kristin Chenoweth is my all-time favorite actress in the entire world! Everytime something of hers is on, or I find new stuff about her I buy it. So when I heard that she was coming out with an autobiography, it was all I talked about for weeks. Sadly I did not get it for my birthday, or Christmas that year, and I found myself having to read it at the library since I did not have it.
Well I read it and I loved it. I kept getting looks from people in the library be
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Is Kristin Chenoweth the cutest thing ever? I sort of want to fold her up and put her in my pocket, so I can take her out when I’m sad or bored and she can sing me show tunes to cheer me up. And perhaps she could introduce me to her delicious Pushing Daisies (may it RIP) costar Lee Pace.

Anywho, I enjoyed A Little Bit Wicked a lot. Listening to Chenoweth ramble on about her life on Broadway and in Hollywood was a joy — all of her spunk and personality came through in this book. I think it’s best
Kellyanne Higgins
Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I appreciated the stories from her life and - for the most part - her sense of humour. What I didn't appreciate was how many times she says she loves everyone, yet then said and did things to the contrary. It wouldn't have bothered me so much if she didn't repeatedly talk about how she's a Christian and how she loves everyone. And yet, she said some pretty hateful things toward German people, and she mercilessly ridiculed one flight attendance's physical appearance when she felt the flight atten ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was really enlightening to read about a successful actress who so strongly sticks to her roots in faith and family. She holds tight to her beliefs no matter how harshly she is criticized for it. She is also very funny and optimistic, so her book is a light and cheerful read. It was a little confusing to keep track of the details as she jumps around a lot in time. I also wish she had spent a little more time on Wicked. But overall I liked this book and it made me like Kristin even more!
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
A confection of a memoir. I had hoped for more insight, especially into how her beliefs make a difference in her career. Chenoweth skims lightly over the surface of her chosen episodes, and even her pain is depicted with a fairly light touch. The anecdotes are mostly entertaining, but I didn't finish with the feeling I knew her any better. ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really did not know who Kristin Chenoweth was, I never saw West Wing or her in Wicked but her book was very honest, entertaining and written with the tone that I just enjoyed. She is full of faith and grace and I admire that. I'll watch for her now in entertainment and am much more apt to try something that she is a part of. ...more
Annie Bonderson
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was more than I expected. An honest and heartfelt peek into her life. I liked her before and this book really sealed the deal. Funny, heartwarming, and truthful, this is a look at a star who is perfectly human!
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this via audiobook, which I would recommend because Chenoweth is a great narrator. The book starts out a bit slow, but overall was an enjoyable read. I’m a singer and performed in theatre growing up, so learning about her background and training and the decisions she made along the way to get her where she is today was really interesting. I mainly picked this up because I wanted to use this title for an “adjective” choice in my ER Madlibs Reading Challenge this year, but I’m glad I read i ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
It was a lot of fun, frothy and light. There's a lot of talk about her faith, so don't read it if that bothers you, and it actually might have bothered me (not the fact of it, just reading about it) but her sense of humor, and I think maybe of faith, is almost exactly like a friend of mine's from high school, so it just made me want to recommend it to her, which I already have.


After going down too hard while trying to do the splits: "The official diagnosis was a fractured coccyx. I also
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographical
- jacket description:

You might know her as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked and won a Tony for 1999's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV -- The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Sesame Street...oh, and her Huge Hit Sitcom Kristin on NBC. (Huge hit. L.A. breast-implant huge. Ask either of the people who watched it.) Or maybe you saw her sexy spread in FHM magazine? Or h
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I listened to A Little Bit Wicked a while ago, so I don't remember much of the story.

I do know that Kristin is a great narrator. She made me laugh when I really didn't think I would. Hearing her giggle always made me grin.
One of favorite parts was listening to her talking about her weave drama. You don't mess around with hair!

And her beauty queen drama was funny. Every time she mentioned the HUGE, HUGE show named Kristin, I smiled. Any other time something like that would have annoyed me but s
Sonia Reppe
I'm a fan of this Broadway/TV/movie actress who originated the part of Glinda in Wicked. I've never seen her in an interview (maybe I'll try to find some on the internet) but from her book I imagine that she's a whirlwind. Crowned Miss Congeniality at the Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant, accused of being so freaking happy all the time, she's spunky, definitely intelligent, educated...and—I'm sure—charming and delightful...and exhausting. No, just kidding. It took me a while to get used to her style ...more
I am glad Ms Chenoweth did the reading for her book. (I know, who else would have?) I just read a few negative reviews, and it seems to me people were annoyed that 1) Ms Chenoweth doesn't agree with them the way they thought she would or 2) the book is not about her being in Wicked.

No, the book is not about her being in Wicked. It's about her being Kristin Chenoweth.

The book is, in fact, "disjointed" if your reference point is an encyclopedia article, but we can already get those. I liked hearin
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
I haven't read many celebrity memoirs, and I'm not really familiar with Kristin Chenoweth's TV shows, movies, or singing. I was intrigued by an interview with her I read in a gay magazine and by her self-description as a liberal Christian. The memoir, which is co-written with Joni Rodgers, is breezy and funny. Chenoweth is self-deprecating and relentlessly optimistic, along the lines of "when God closes a door He opens a window."

Towards the end it is too full of name-dropping about various cost
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very witty and charming book, I only knew kristin from Pushing Daisies and Four Christmases , and I loved her in those programs/movies. Kristin has a real way with words, and I spent many moments gigglng away to this audiobook.Kristin is an all round entertainer and I did not know that before this book. Growing up she enjoyed ballet and entering pagents, later more types of dance and singing and acting. Broodway was calling to her from a young age and it seemed to be obvious to those ...more
To quote George Gershin, " 'S wonderful! 'S marvelous!" I would hope this book would be what Gershwin would want to read if he was obviously still alive.

I don't want this book to be just this one. I want this book to be many books. I want it to be a science-fiction novel, a horror novel, a book of jokes, a book of plays, a book of everything that has ever been put into a book. This made me more of a fan of Kristin Chenoweth than I already was, having seen her in "The West Wing" (my favorite TV s
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I breezed through this light autobiography in about one day sitting on the beach. I'd recommend Kristin Chenowith's musings for a very specific population - people who love Broadway, Aaron Sorkin, Pushing Daisies and the South. If that describes you (as it does me), you might want to curl up with this book.

More of a collection of thoughts than a serious autobiography, this book touches on both the successes and the challenges Chenowith faced as she broke into show business. She's surprisingly fo
Dana Neily
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining, light read about someone I really admire both personally and professionally. There were many parts that made me laugh, think, and quote to my family as I was reading it and I'm glad I did.
There were some nice insights into the entertainment business and I really enjoyed hearing about her career and life in general.
You can tell that she is a singer and actress, not a writer and though I'm sure Joni helped, I still found the narrative somewhat confusing, as it tended to j
Emily Smith
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Kristin I absolutely loved it. The book looks back on her life, her career, her journey as a struggling actor in New York fresh out of college in Oklahoma, her days in Wicked, and wise words and advice for young actors from "Cool Aunt Kristin." It was incredibly interesting to me to understand where she came from and what she went through to become the star that she is. She has a good old-fashioned "small town girl moves to New York City, lives in a tiny apartment and ACTUALLY MAKES ...more
I'll admit I'm a fan of Kristin Chenoweth, mainly from Wicked, but also from Pushing Daises and her performance in the made for TV movie Annie. I also like her as a person. She's fully of positive energy and faith. Would I read a book like this again? Only if I REALLY like the celebrity who wrote the book enough.

I will note I liked that she goes into the fact she is a huge believer in her Christian faith. For some people this might be a turn off. She talks about at the end how some people don't
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was disappointing. She says right at the very end that it's not a "tell all autobiography" but a "little slice autobiography" and I kind of wish she'd said that at the beginning. I love her voice and she seems like a nice lady and all but the book meanders--she'll mention someone in passing and then two chapters later talk about how she met that person. Sometimes she'll start telling something juicy and then stop and you never hear of that again. Overall, this is kind of a big "what is ...more
Apr 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olive Snook was and remains my favorite TV character which is why I wanted to grab Kristin's biography. I knew Kristin was a broadway babe who'd played Galinda and who could sing her tiny heart out--but I was interested in learning more about this spunky actress. Unfortunately, from my perspective, this biography fell a little flat. I loved page 160-238--the end basically, but I struggled with the out of order story telling. Something in me craves the chronological. There wasn't enough back stor ...more
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Kristin Chenoweth is an American singer, musical theatre, film, and television actress, and author. Some of her best-known roles have included her Tony Award winning role as Sally Brown in Broadway's ,You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, her role as Glinda in Broadway's Wicked, and her role as Annabeth Schott in television's The West Wing. She was a cast member on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies ...more

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