I didn’t really have a reason to read a book by Anna Kendrick. I’ve only ever seen her in a couple movies, and I didn’t finish any of those movies thinking, “Oh man, what else can I watch her in?!”
But I felt like it would be an entertaining enough book to read, which is pretty similar to how I feel about the movies I’ve seen her in. They’re entertaining enough to watch, but I can’t see myself going out of my way to recommend them to somebody.
Scrappy Little Nobody turned out to be just that.
Anna Kendrick does seem like a very relatable person, and her book was written in a very easy-to-read style.
She shares stories from her first experiences acting on stage and how those experiences eventually led to the movies that we most likely know her from. I didn’t even know she had on-stage experience as a kid, so I found it interesting to hear about the various musicals she performed in.
It was also nice to read about what her life was like when she first started acting in movies. We sometimes have this idea that actors are able to live extravagant lives as soon as they get their first role. However, as she writes about the apartment (and roommates) she had while making multiple movies, it’s clear that this idea is flawed.
I felt like there could have been more written about the transition from making movies that don’t really pay the bills to making successful blockbuster movies. Like, what was it like to be able to move out of the crappy apartment?
There were stories from different stages of her career, but it was hard to figure out where each story fit in her life as far as her success and independence was concerned. Like, was a particular event happening while she lived in a rundown apartment with her two gay roommates, or was it after she was able to move into her own place?
Actually, I’m not even sure she ever left that apartment. I don’t recall her saying anything about her living situation after that.
If you decide to read Scrappy Little Nobody, I’m not going to stop you. And if you’re not interested in reading it, I’m not going to tell you that you should be.
Overall, I feel there could have been a better way to tie everything together between her professional and personal life.