Audiobook Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
ashley | I’ve always thought of Anna Kendrick as a kindred spirit. She always seemed goofy and awkward and sarcastic in similar ways that I feel. So when I found out she wrote a book, Scrappy Little Nobody, of course I wanted to read it. I chose to listen to this as an audiobook to get a little extra Anna Kendrick personality, a habit I am becoming fond of for memoirs these days.
Kendrick seems to bare her all without any boundaries. She doesn’t hide the fact that she isn’t cool, she doesn’t shy away from embarrassing stories – in fact, the more embarrassing the better. But what struck me the most was how honest she was about how fearful and hesitant she has become as an adult when compared to her former child-star self.
I thought this was very vulnerable and different for a memoir and I really connected to her self doubt and criticism. It was nice to read about someone who has “made it” who still acts like an uncertain 20/30 something scared of growing up. She does a lot of self analysis about her current state of self while filling us in on her past, which I feel a lot of memoir’s don’t necessarily do. They just simply recite funny antidotes about different times in their life that lead them to be where they are. But Kendrick actually seems to reflect on how she reacted as a kid and therapeutic deconstruct a lot of the situations she reminisces about.
Of course, the book is witty and funny and you can tell Kendrick is a smart, intelligent woman by the way she writes, even if there are curse words littering the text. It’s all very natural for her, which makes it a really easy and interesting read. I enjoyed the glimpse into her life, especially her family life. Her family were crucial to her success and I really liked how much this showed in the book. You can tell she’s forever grateful for all they have done.
At first I thought it was weird that Kendrick was writing a kind of memoir, she’s pretty young and usually this happens when there’s at least another 10 years on someone — she’s my age, actually, which now that I’ve read through it, was actually kind of awesome. I could relate a bit more to her life and fears and concerns that she expressed at this exact moment in time and she shared a lot of similar questions and thoughts that have gone through my head recently.
A common theme through the whole book was that Kendrick ended up being somewhat famous, but still lived in an apartment with tar on the rug and no television. She was adamant that even though she was wearing fancy gowns, she preferred her sweats and a hoodie. She’s just a normal girl, you guys! But you believe it, her words do seem genuine and with how honest and shamefully forward she was with her writing, you really got a strong sense that she wasn’t just bs-ing you.
Because of all that and how relateable this was, this was probably one of my favourite memoirs I’ve read to date. She can argue about it as much as she wants, but Kendrick is my kind of cool and I was happy to jump into her head for a little while, as chaotic and strange as it was.
november 15, 2016