Book Review: "Scrappy Little Nobody"

Tony and Academy  nominated actress, Anna Kendrick, recently released her first book, “Scrappy Little Nobody,” an autobiography where she shares various stories about her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

I had the opportunity to see Kendrick (not meet, unfortunately) on her book tour in Naperville, Illinois, where she talked about the book as well as answer a few questions [not relating to the book]. The amount of excitement she had when talking about her book made it more exciting (for me) to eventually start reading it.

Anyone expecting this book to be Kendrick just talking about her life as a movie star and the amount of fame she has gained over the years she’s been in the industry is wrong. Of course there is some of that, but the other parts of her life that she shares is just as, if not, more, fascinating to read.

One of the highlights of the book is when she writes about her time being in New York where she was auditioning for her role in the Broadway production of “High Society,” which she eventually got. Her experience wasn’t so easy as one would think, it was much more realistic.

She lived in Maine during that time and would have to travel several hours just to audition, which would take no time at all, then have to drive all the way back home (her parents drove her as she wasn’t even a teenager yet). It took her two audition rounds and several back-and-forth trips from home to New York before she got the part, and even after she got it her life didn’t get much easier.

Kendrick and her father had to move to New York during the showing of “High Society”. She discusses not only the difficulty of performing alongside professional actors, but also the fact that she was just a kid and not an adult. Reading this part of the book is a prime example of how not all actors were just born into the easy life of an actor, which is a fantasy that people outside the industry have created, not everything is as perfect and easy going for an actor as it seems.

Kendrick speaking in Illinois, Coleton Emmel with his signed copy of the book. Photo provided by Coleton Emmel

Kendrick speaking in Illinois, Coleton Emmel with his signed copy of the book. Photo provided by Coleton Emmel

Even later on when she does talk about her bigger roles in films like the “Twilight” series and “Up in the Air,” things still weren’t so simple and easy as one would expect. She’s very down to Earth with everything she discusses in the book, and that’s reason alone to recommend someone this book. There’s no beating around the bush, it’s very genuine and honest.

Kendrick throws in her likability and charm to make almost every section of “Scrappy Little Nobody” a joy to read. It’s easy to tell that she puts her heart and soul into this project of hers, and it paid off.

Being a fan of Anna Kendrick gave this book a little more enjoyment of reading it, but if someone isn’t familiar with her or her work, it’s still a great read. It was more exciting reading stories from her that weren’t about her big films or things she’s spoken about in the past. But even the stuff she has brought up in interviews, podcasts, etc., she still finds new things to say.

“Scrappy Little Nobody” is an engaging, fun book for anyone looking for something new to read.