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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 had already reso
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Published by Touchstone (first published November 15th 2016)
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Miranda Reads
All I knew about her going into these books was Pitch Perfect and Twilight... and I have learned that she essentially plays herself.
But here's the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.
I love it.

Her book is quirky, endearing and fun. She swings from:
Maybe we all have impostor syndrome and perpetually feel like our real life is right around the corner.
to:
'Oh my god, I just made out with Legolas!' Again, I’m not going to name that actor, as I wish to respect his privacy
every few pages and it really worked well. I would've expected sucfrom:
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Nat
Nov 16, 2016 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 Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi). There were a l
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Khurram
Another reviewer said a lot of what I think, and quite honestly if I had read their review earlier I probobly would not have bought this. I acknowledge I am not the target audience, but I did like Anna's movies and always respect someone who has worked their way up the ranks.

Dispite Anna Kendrick's kooky image, this is not a light reading book. This is a serious actress describing her journey. Yes she is not from the mould of the usual "entitled" Hollywood personality, but now she is
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I tried to read the physical book awhile back but couldn't get into it so I decided to listen to it on audio and loved it. The book is pretty short. I started it last night at bedtime and finished this morning.

It was so much better with Anna reading her own book and I rather enjoyed it 😊
Larry H
Nov 17, 2016 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/W8y9pNqjtb0. A
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Trish
Jan 14, 2017 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
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Carmen
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young women; people who enjoy celebrity memoirs
Once you know someone is an asshole, it's hard to find anything they say funny, charming, or poignant. I find myself thinking, "I wouldn't believe this guy if he warned me about an impending nuclear fallout; he's an asshole."

I was going to write a one-star review for this. I was up to page 84, and the book was boring. It was just boring. I was thinking, "I will start the review like this: I like Anna Kendrick, I think she is cute and funny, but perhaps she shouldn't write a book. Because she has
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Lola
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Typical memoir from a celebrity – not much juicy info – and dull, especially regarding the love-life department. But Ms Kendrick does write well.
Emir Ibañez
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 so
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Whitney Atkinson
This is one of the more enjoyable celebrity audiobooks i've listened to! I prefer to listen to memoir on audio, especially if it's read by the author, because I find it easy to get into and a lot funner than picking up the physical version. This was read by Anna, and although I'm not her hugest fan, I do love her Twitter page and her roles in Twilight & Pitch Perfect.

And this book was such a delight. I laughed out loud several times, which is rare for me when reading (or listenin
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Laura
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The audiobook for this one is really recommendable since Anna’s voice gives an extra something to the funny tales.

I didn’t know how was it gonna be for me but as soon as she started talking about dating, sex and how she feels in Hollywood, it was a winner. Not only I share her take on feminism and sex but also reading about all these crazy experience from someone who doesn’t take herself serious was great.

There were a lot of good moments but two of my favorites were when her first sexual partner tried to shame her for
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Matthew
This was an enjoyable and humorous "getaway" book. Some may know what I mean by that, but to explain . . . it wasn't too deep and meaningful. I could just listen and laugh.

Anna's stories were generally funny. Sometimes the "I am just a normal person, but famous" undertones got to be a bit much, but if that's how she feels, I'm cool with it. As I said in one of my statuses . . . the theme is - Anna is just like us, only cuter and smaller! It's funny, though, because she kinda acts like she is ju
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
Audiobook

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
magnificent!

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!

Barbara
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition




My earliest recollection of Anna Kendrick is seeing her in the movie 'Twilight', where she played Bella's high school friend Jessica and said (about Edward Cullen):

"That's Edward. He's totally gorgeous, of course, but don't waste your time. He doesn't date. Apparently none of the girls here are good-looking enough for him."


Anna Kendrick (left) in Twilight


Rob Pattinson as the gorgeous vampir
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I'll admit I was surprised Anna Kendrick had written a memoir. She was 30 years old when the book was published which seems a bit young to put your life story on paper. And while she has been a part of some big movie franchises as well as receiving an Oscar nomination, she pretty much flies under the radar so I was a bit shocked she got a book deal. However, after reading her book, I can honestly say this was an enjoyable read even if going into it I had some doubts.
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Mariah Roze
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I expected this book to be way more funny than it was. I love Anna Kendrick as an actress and recently she has held a lot of funny parts, so I just assumed this book would be funny. There were a lot of times that I could tell she was trying to be funny, but not a single part of this book made me laugh out loud.

But besides the lack of humor this book was pretty interesting. I loved how this book was completely about her life and they were all true to her story of how she
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Ms. Smartarse
I wouldn't consider myself a fan of Anna Kendrik. For the longest time, I would only think of her as that chick from Twilight. You know, one of those side characters who completely lose their usefulness once those shiny vampires steal the show. Then I saw her in Pitch Perfect, fell in love with her singing voice, caught her on some Late Night TV shows... and I discovered I kind of liked her, after all.

I wouldn't consider myself a fan of Anna Kendrik. For the longest time, I would only think of her as that chick from Twilight. You know, one of those side characters who completely lose their usefulness once those shiny vampires steal the show. Then I saw her in Pitch Perfect, fell in love with her singing voice, caught her on some Late Night TV shows... and I discovered I kind of liked her, after all.

Anna Kendrik revelling in the appaluse at the Late Show

This little collection of memoirs is like that too. I didn't know much about her, but the book's title is quirky enough to make me give it a chance. I dove in... and eventually realized I actually very much LIKED what I was reading.

It feels totally weird, creepy and a whole different level of inappropriate to articulate this, but... I very much like her life. There are those people who get discovered late in their life, while shopping at the market place, cast in this incredibly successful movie/TV series... I don't know about you, but I never really felt happy for them; more like complete and utter envy.

Anna Kendrick however, had to work her ASS off to be where she is. Starting as a child actor in a theater play, born in an ordinary (lower middle-class?) family, being "cast away" from shows for no longer being scrawny enough to pass as a much younger person, spending her late teens living in a seedy apartment in LA, waiting for her (adult) career to start....

My favorite part of the book, is her love of baking. While I would never trade writing reviews for any sort of cooking/baking, reading Anna's take on it, sort of fired me up to try my hand baking as well. Alas, as I was listening to the book on my way to work, I would forget all about my baking inspiration by the time I got home... so nothing happened. No need to get excited.

Still from Anna's Cups music video



Baking is a really fun way to get people to like you. Being a good listener, a lively conversationalist, a loyal friend... it takes so much energy. Spend a couple of hours alone in your kitchen and get the same effects? Sign me UP!

When I was in the throes of my baking phase, my oven broke, and luckily different friends were happy to host me for a few hours, and let me fill their apartments with the smell of cinnamon, while I refused to let them help, because YOU DON'T KNOW THE SYSTEM!

This meant I would sometimes spend hours in someone else's home, experimenting, cursing and emerging from the kitchen looking like I'd fought off a rabid cat. But my hazelnut tart would be shiny and beautiful, and I would pawn it off on someone who hadn't seen behind the curtain and would praise me as a culinary genius.


There's a bit about her role in Twilight, which she seems to think no one remembers (or rather, noticed). I wonder how annoying it would be for her to realize that there are people out there (i.e. yours truly) who tend to primarily remember the actress for this particular role?Then again, she doesn't seem to share my opinion of it being a movie/series only worth giggling one's way through.

For some reason I felt sort of weird, when she praised Kristen Stuart's work ethic. It felt so... off? Totally unlike the truckload of bad press that I've ingested about the latter. Ah well, there goes my motivation to keep calling her shovel face (herd mentality FTW?).

Score: 4/5 stars

Yet another memoir acquired in Audible format that was worth its money credit.
It's entertaining, funny, contains a truckload of those embarrassing stories that you wish you had the courage to open up about, but know it'll never happen. Like seriously: you'll murder the person who dares to even bring it up.

Resting Bitch Face

Last but not least: the book's biggest plus is, that you can TOTALLY enjoy it even if you're not very familiar with the actress. Actually I think it's possible to like it without necessarily knowing anything about the author.
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emma
3.35/5 stars

i'm too lazy to write a review for this, friends. happy thanksgiving!
Kelsey
Read the manuscript (don't worry, we don't have bound books yet!) and wrote LOL in the margins whenever I actually LOLed, and my pages are now absolutely filled with them.
Hannah
Nov 20, 2016 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, eve
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Ken
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of Anna Kendrick’s and will always watch the latest movie she is in regardless of what the subject matter is about, so I was really keen to get this biography.

Charting her childhood through theatre to get break into movies this really gives a great insight into her life.
Most importantly I could hear Anna’s voice whilst I was reading it.

I really like her quirky humour and it was exactly the book I’d hoped it to be.
Mari
Apr 26, 2016 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.
Trevor
Mar 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I am too harsh in demanding excellence (well, really mediocrity) from memoirs. All I'm looking for is stories about childhood, occupations, relationships, etc. The way that it is presented to you, the narration of the person, makes or breaks it. You get all of that here, but it just didn't work for me. So to be clear: I do like Anna. Her movie characters have been known to make me laugh & she is a positive addition to casts. (Though scripted work is much different than book deals.) I ...more
Erin
My review of Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick is based purely on emotion & not its literary value. That's not a diss & I don't mean to imply that this book isn't a finely written piece of art. But mainly I'm giving it 5 Stars because I'm sick & reading this book made me feel a little better.

Anna Kendrick is one of my favorite actresses & this book made her one of my favorite people. Once again I implore you to take this with a grain of salt because I'm currently & have
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Cyndi
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This woman is a wonderful writer! The book is easy to read and hugely entertaining.
I am not a huge bio reader. It's probably less than one percent of the books I read. But I am so glad I read this one!! Actually I listened to the audio and read it also. Although the book is brilliantly written, the audio hits it out of the park. Anna Kendrick is an amazing actress and she shines in the audio. It adds so much to the experience!
Flannery
Dec 27, 2016 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
Veronica Morfi
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not a big fan of Anna Kendrick before reading this book, but now I can safely say that she is my spirit animal. The girl is amazing and crazy at the same time. I loved every minute of this book and actually listening to Anna narrate her book was an amazing experience. I just wish there was more.
Gabby
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 charm
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Jacqueline's Reads
3 Meh But Amusing Stars

I love autobiographies and I love Anna Kendrick so I was really excited for this one.

I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. There were good moments and some dull moments.

The first half of the book is kind of boring. She talks a little about her childhood, but overall her childhood was nice so it wasn’t like I got a moving story or anything that made me glued to the pages. The photos were cute.

When we get to the movie / Hollywood section I got a l
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Shannon (leaninglights)
This was a lot of fun and interesting to get to know Anna better. Perfect title :)
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