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Scrappy Little Nobody

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Scrappy Little Nobody
AuthorAnna Kendrick
Audio read byAnna Kendrick
PublisherTouchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Publication date
November 15, 2016
Media typeHardcover, audiobook, eBook[1]
Websitescrappylittlenobody.com; Scrappy Little Nobody at Google Books

Scrappy Little Nobody is a 2016 memoir by Anna Kendrick, comprising "a collection of autobiographical essays".[2] An audiobook read by Kendrick was released along with the book. Kendrick said of the book: "My goals for this book were to make people laugh, to feel connected to people, and maybe get people to feel more connected to me."[3] The book covers Kendrick's childhood in Maine, her Broadway career as a teenager, her film career, and performing and presenting at the Academy Awards.[3]


Alex McCown of The A.V. Club called Scrappy Little Nobody "worth reading", stating the book is "the tale of an unusual life and oddball persona rising to fame, and it's a damn entertaining one."[4] Kirkus Reviews was more critical, saying that "her attempts at humor often fall flat", and that "Kendrick is a scrappy little somebody now, but she should stick to acting."[5] Vogue described it as "a charming, funny and sometimes probing collection of personal essays."[3] The Winnipeg Free Press complained that the book was "filled with one average anecdote after another", but praised how she was "beautifully candid about the struggles she went through regarding body image as a young, underdeveloped girl and the anxiety with which she continues to grapple".[6] Susan Wloszczyna of Buffalo News called it a "semi-satisfying look at what happens when you become a relatively well-known performer at a young age."[7]

In 2016, the book was second in the Goodreads Choice Awards with 23,353 votes in the Best Humor Category; the winner was The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer .[8]


  1. ^ Scrappy Little Nobody | Book by Anna Kendrick | Official Publisher Page. Simon & Schuster. August 22, 2017. ISBN 978-1-5011-1722-0.
  2. ^ McHenry, Jason (November 15, 2016). "6 Things We Learned From Anna Kendrick's Memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody". Vulture. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Felsenthal, Julia (2016) "Anna Kendrick on Getting Candid in Scrappy Little Nobody", Vogue, November 15, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2018
  4. ^ Alex McCown-Levy (November 14, 2016). "'Scrappy Little Nobody' review: Anna Kendrick is young, scrappy and definitely not nobody". The A.V. Club.
  5. ^ "SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick". Kirkus Reviews. September 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Lebar, Erin (January 14, 2017). "Kendrick's Essays Not Quite Pitch-Perfect". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  7. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (November 6, 2016). "A Celebrity Memoir at 31? Sure, Why Not?". Buffalo News. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  8. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Humor!". Goodreads. Retrieved August 6, 2021.