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Publisher's Summary

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

"I'm excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I'd like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude and pettiness and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well educated and accomplished comedy writers, I'm very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: Are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!" (Anna Kendrick)

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Anna Kendrick (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What the critics say

"Actress Anna Kendrick narrates her wry and witty collection of autobiographical essays about growing up in Portland, Maine.... Her quick pace, sometimes sarcastic tone, and unmistakably familiar voice enhance funny and shrewd reflections on her ordinary girl's life." ( AudioFile)

What listeners say about Scrappy Little Nobody

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Great book

I am not a huge follower of Anna Kendrick, not that I don't like her I just don't watch everything she had created. However this was a great book, I loved it! She is very personable and it feels as though she is just "one of us." It is a great listen

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Great first audiobook!!

I was very hesitant to start listening to audiobooks. I am a fast reader and able to imagine the scenes set forth in a book pretty quickly and easily, and I was afraid that listening to a book wouldn't capture that same kind of imagination. This is why I chose a free trial from Audible, and a celebrity autobiography actually read by that celebrity - it was the exact right choice. Anna Kendrick wrote a witty, attention-grabbing, easy-to-listen-to book and I had absolutely no problems putting myself in her world for 6 hours. The chapters follow each other seamlessly and Anna has a great voice for audiobooks - she enunciates, she's emotional where it counts, and she's very very real. I highly recommend this audiobook. #Audible1

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Entertaining and funny read...

This was a very entertaining listen. I really enjoyed it and found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. Anna's dry, witty and sarcastic sense of humour is enchanting and I found her to be equally sweet and sassy...or maybe salty. Yup. Salty.

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Kind of boring tbh. Just couldn't get into it

Kind of boring tbh. Just couldn't get into it. Didn't love the narration. The stories were just blah.

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As if I couldn't love her anymore.

Really hilarious.
Really relatable.

Anna Kendrick is a revelation. 😅

I appreciate her realness and ability to be human like the rest of us. If only I could be her friend IRL we would get into some fun adventures.

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Fun and entertaining

Kendrick’s memoir is whip smart, funny and endearing. She seesaws between bravado and hiding under the bed, like many of us. I suspect she’s an introvert but she’s also self-directed and ambitious. Hence the existential conflict she’s trying to resolve. The material is not deep but it’s well presented and clever. I will want to read that book she writes at 70. That’ll have some more meat on it.

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Relatable

Loved hearing her story so much! I really related to some of the experiences she's had.

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shes just like the title!

Love her!!! When you see her in movies or interviews you wonder... is she like that in real life? Well she is! Enjoyed hearing her tell her story about being a "Scrappy Little Nobody."

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Very Cute!

Highly enjoyed listening! Well told stories and very funny. Great personality.
I appreciated that it was read by the author too!

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perfect start

This book was the perfect start on my audio book journey. Anna Kendrick is very funny and relatable!

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  • Andrew
  • 2017-01-17

Anna Kendrick: Scrappy Little... Revelation

Story: Like so many others that have left reviews, I too have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've only listened to a few other books in this genre (Rob Lowe, Judy Greer, Tina Fey) so I can't compare it to much, but I would consider this a somewhat typical Hollywood memoir. Trying to figure out direction in life, reaching the ah-ha moment, and then experiencing the highs and lows of the journey. I found myself able to relate to some stories and others not, but even if you can or can't, I'm confident that you'll be laughing along the entire way. One thing that makes it interesting is that Miss Kendrick is still a young actress. She has experienced a lot already and we don't even know where she will go from here (how many more books will we get!?).

Performance: The narration was done wonderfully! The audiobook flowed and felt like a conversation with a friend... you know, when a friend tells a really, really long story :) For real, though, this was hilarious and genuine.

Overall: I couldn't find myself giving the overall rating anything other than five stars. This book is light, easy to follow and humorous. I nearly finished it during one drive and didn't tire or need a break at all because it all flowed so well and I was pulled into the performance from the start. Highly recommend this audiobook! To wrap this up, the best way I can describe this audiobook is... absolutely effortless!

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  • Brian
  • 2017-02-18

A much-needed laugh

When I saw that Anna had a book coming out I quickly checked to see if it was going to be Audible and I was relieved. I love listening to memoirs read by the author. Especially if the author is an actor or a comedian. There is something there in the audiobook that you can't get from reading it.

Scrappy Little Nobody was no different. Anna's narration really made this book in my opinion. I'm sure that reading it on your own you could have enjoyed it just as much -- but hearing her actual reactions to things she wrote on top of hearing her tell you stories that were funny and sometimes embarrassing really put this book over the top.

I started this book on a day where I wasn't having a good morning (are there such a thing as a good morning?) And within the first few minutes of my drive I was already laughing and smiling like an idiot during my commute. The rest of the book kept me smiling and laughing.

Anna's story was really well thought out and I'm glad (and a little amazed) that she was able to get as much intimacy onto the page and into the audiobook.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh, especially if you like a slightly cynical and real celebrity.

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  • Julia
  • 2016-11-16

Anna the author

Anna perfectly put her personality into a book that was fun to read, didn't deel pretensious at all, narration light and easy to follow

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  • Tyler
  • 2016-11-16

Great Autobiography

I have never been able to finish a celebrity autobiography before. Midway through this book I realized that this was something that I would listen to several times over. Anna is brilliant and can effortlessly put herself in the mind of reader in a way that makes it seem like a real conversation. I enjoy that she gets right to the point and doesn't add any fluff to lengthen the story. This book never came off as self absorbed or fake, which is refreshing. All together it is worth a credit.

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  • Tony
  • 2017-03-18

A good performance but.....

The author reads her book very well and her inflections make the book even better but the story didn't go too in depth into her actual acting roles (and her witty take when she does talk about them makes you want her to talk about them more than she ultimately does).

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  • Mromero6
  • 2016-11-24

funny!!!!

Anna is extremely entertaining and hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud to a lot of the things she was saying. I definitely feel like her. I am also a manchild!!!

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  • John C.
  • 2016-12-06

Starts flat, gets better

Funny but not as funny as billed.
Interesting and poignant at times.
Her reading is good, but not great.
She skips some parts of her career that might have made the book more interesting.

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  • Lucy Ames
  • 2016-11-26

Humorous and Nicely Performed

Anna Kendrick's performance of her own composition is humorous and compelling. Her delivery exhibits dead pan and dry humor. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a light and honest read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-17

Amazing!

This book was fantastic! Listening to Anna talk about her life was like having a long conversation with a new friend. Loved it!

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  • Jason Merenzon
  • 2016-11-17

I love Anna Kendrick

this book was really good having it read by Anna Kendrick herself made the story come alive.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever felt like an outsider in a group and Anna's clever ways of telling stories of her childhood and her experiences in life where in lightning and comical.

thank you :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-28

So inspiring ! It's so relatable !

I loved it! it made me feel like for the independance part that I was understood and I understand more things for the acting world too ! I loved the narration with her voice too ! amazing content !

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  • Romain S
  • 2016-12-21

Une autobiographie fraîche, légère et pétillante comme son auteur !

Anna Kendrick raconte avec malices des anecdotes personnelles sur ses débuts d'enfant-acteur, son rôle dans la série Twilight, sa nomination aux Oscars... Sa petite voix aiguë et ses intonations dynamiques animent ce livre pour notre plus grand plaisir auditif.