Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

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A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Awardnominated 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, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations ... Read full review

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So whoever hired Kendrick's ghostwriter and told them "make it seem like she's relatable, like, totally pretend she's just a regular person", that hiring decision was great! And that's sort of the heart of the book itself, a combination of cynical, mean-girl, self-referential stories and takedowns, mixed with some often funny snark. Kendrick goes a bit too far in protesting she's just a regular person like anyone who paid money for this book; she's showing, she's not telling.
Still, there's good stuff in here, if you can relate to it. The weakest chapters for me were where she discusses her life and experiences in theater, film, and casting where she discusses experiences I have no capacity to even empathize because they are so foreign. However, her discussions of life and love in your 20s, the death of her grandmother - that I can understand, and was eminently readable. And will change how I watch some scenes from Pitch Perfect. Because let's face it, if you're reading this book, it's because you watched Pitch Perfect.
Also, she totally made out with Orlando Bloom.

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