Publication Date: 15 November 2016
Anna Kendrick is an actress who has appeared in several films, such as Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and The Twilight Saga. The first time I saw her act in a film was Twilight when I viewed it in 2009. Her presence on-screen is admirable, and her real-life personality is very likable, which is what drove me to read the memoir.
I really enjoyed reading about her experiences. What I like most about memoirs is when the author talks about their childhood and writes about things that we would otherwise have no way of knowing. Kendrick wrote mainly about her rise to fame and struggling with breaking out and earning enough to live in LA. The readers learn briefly about her childhood, but the main glimpse that we get into her life are the stories about some of the films that she has been in.
It was really fascinating to read about what it is like to be a movie star, and Kendrick writes about it in a way that is not overly self-centred. Although, by the end of the novel I started to care less about what is like being famous and wanted to know more about her personal life. There is plenty of information about her love-life, but she does not mention her most recent relationships.
There is a chapter in the book about her years doing The Twilight Saga, which is the part that I was the most excited to read. She was in four of the five films, but had such a minor role that fans did not really care about her. Her slightly boring experiences filming her scenes made my view of the films less exciting.
The most memorable chapter of Kendrick’s memoir is the one where she explained what it was like performing in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society at age 13. It seemed like a fun yet challenging experience for someone so young, and something I would have been envious of if I had seen the musical.
There are other tales about various parts of her life, most that include the roles she has been in, and struggling with relationships and money as an actress. Kendrick is a very funny person in interviews and her tweets often make me laugh. Expect her novel to be how you imagined it would be based on her sense of humour.
Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody was a fun and easy memoir to read. I recommend it to fans of Anna Kendrick or to those who want to learn more about movie stars.