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.
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©2016 Anna Kendrick (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
"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)
Each time it happened during the narration, my face would break into a goofy grin... causing more than one normal human in a public space to eye me warily. I think Anna should be proud of this book & its ability to celebrate awkwardness.
I haven't read the print version of the book, but I honestly don't want to! Having Anna read it to you, makes it so freaking awesome! You feel like she's just sitting next to you, having a beer and telling all kinds of funny stories. She's the f'ed up friend you wish you had :-D
All of it! Don't make me choose!
Again, not possible to pick just one!
Ya think you're betta than me?!
Just do yourself a favour and get this. It's totally worth everything! I mean, Anna Kendrick screams at you and you'll love it ;-)
This book brought to mind all the weird and wacky things I did and felt as a kid and also as an adult, I love that Little glimpse into someone's life that shows them as, not a self obsessed celebrity, but a real life human being. I can relate to so much of what Anna speaks about and that is such an amazing thing to feel like you're involved in.
Full of interesting stories and her classic style of self deprecating yet heartwarming humour. Hearing the story read aloud by the author made the words come to life. The book made it hard to keep a straight face when I was listening to it in public. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh.
it felt real. nothing forced about each story being told. I found myself relating to her in so many ways. if only more people wrote their part life stories this way.
Delivery excellent, an excellent quirky sassy self narration. Kendrick's reflections on her past are fun and interesting.
Simple. True. Raw.
Also, it really helps that she yells and says "f#ck" a lot.
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Maybe because I'm a lonely, depressed individual, I was able to relate. Or maybe, I just think she's hot.
Either way, I'll probably listen to this again
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.
"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.
"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 :-)
"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
"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!
This book was fantastic! Listening to Anna talk about her life was like having a long conversation with a new friend. Loved it!
I loved this from beginning to end. I really hope people take a chance on this. I found her so likeable. I would read another book by her tomorrow!
"Good, but Not the Best"
I loved Anna Kendrick's narration. She is so funny, and I loved her reading this book.
I would recommend this book to my friends because, while it was not my favorite, I think they would really enjoy it.
Yes, I could have listened to this book all at once if I had been able.
I know I am in the minority by giving it three stars. I feel the need to explain. I felt this was someone who was too young to write a "memoir." I was also completely surprised by her language in the book. But, that was not what bothered me the most. I guess it was just that she did not really tell me anything interesting.
"It's like listening to a good friend tell stories"
Great book. The storytelling is very conversational and flows very well. It's like listening to an old friend tell stories. Anna Kendricks performance of the book is great and adds a sense of authenticity.
"fun listen into the life of a cute actor."
great quick listen on my commute. funny anecdotes on her jobs and childhood in theatre.
"Hilarious and real"
An amazingly funny book, I loved listening to Anna and her slightly awkward and loveable stories. A great insight into how people are just people at the end of the day, everyone struggles and has problems. Her voice and the way she puts expression makes the book easy to listen to and on several occasions I laughed out loud, I must have looked like a psycho on my morning cycle to work.....
Sorry I loved Anna in pitch perfect but she's far too young for an autobiography
Very disappointing it didn't meet my expectations
"I wish it had just kept on going."
As one who has always struggled to find a book/audio book entertaining this was something i looked forward to since pre order and i wasn't in any way disappointed, it's funny and very interesting and I 100% recommended it to anyone who is either a fan or is just fancying a new book to read or especially listen to, in the end all i can say is this is really really great and is so worth buying for absolutely anyone 😊😊😊
"Witty and completely relatable. "
I've just finished this and am going to listen to it again straight away.
Made me laugh out loud.
"b*tcheness at its best"
loved it. anna reads it incredibly well and now i feel like i know her too well
I think it's not relistenable, like Rainman isn't rewatchable. However, Miss K does do an amazing job of taking you through her self-deprecating life (so far) experience and you will feel like buddies because of it.
Amy Schumer's Girl with a Lower Back Tattoo. Mainly for the manic writing style in places but honestly I enjoyed SLN much bettter. They are both indulgences for both authors who appear to have come from similar backgrounds (small towns you've never heard of, loving parents and siblings) but I think Miss K's arid humour pips Miss S's and makes for a slicker read.
I don't think anyone else could have done this justice. Having Miss K read her own book quite literally put it in her own words and allowed her to have fun with it. The intonations and outbursts are hers and thus in all the right places.
You could listen to this book in one sitting, if you had the time. I tend to listen at 1.5x speed so the length of the book was obviously shorter.
I recommended this to my wife. I suspect after she listens to it she will assume she and Miss K have been best friends for years because 'oh she's totally like me', she will find her twitter account and instagram account and elbow her way amongst the throng of Miss K's social media friends. She might even be inclined to join an acappella group if they take hummers. Bless her she can't hold a tune. :D
"Slow start, but throughly enjoyable"
I love Anna Kendrick, but this was a slow start for me, however I ended up absolutely loving it and had a few laugh out loud moments.
I love Anna in most of the movies she does and it is common knowledge her tweets are hilarious and relatable so I am not surprised that her book showcases what I believe to be her personality perfectly. This is the first autobiography that I have ever read (techniqually I listened to it) and I'm probably going to try some more now, I think I've been converted!
I've seen some reviews that state Anna is too young to write this book, but I do not agree. Her content was detailed, interesting and painted a brilliant picture of what it would be like to grow up with Anna (which sounds like it would be fun). Her choices of content were very brave as some moments were certainly slightly embarrassing and maybe even sometimes illegal and controversial; that being said I LOVE THAT!! it makes her human like the rest of us! (plus thoughs pdf pictures were 👌) and I hope she will write another book for the next stage of her life.
I also love the way that she read her audiobook version as it added so much character to the sentences and gave it so much more depth and personality. It wasn't robotic and it didn't sound like she was just reading from a piece of paper in front of her, so that made it feel like an actual conversation so I would definitely recommend an audiobook format.
enjoyable especially as it was read by the author, easy listening and amusing tales throughout
"Charming, funny and wonderful"
Basically if you like Anna Kendrick you will adore this book. I was totally won over. It's quick, snappy and witty.
Anna of course. She is a very charming person and has so much natural fun and style.
She talks about parties and back stage really well. Oscars and moving to NYC were great.
Yes, I listened in two days straight. Wonderful.
The reading of the book by Anna really makes it shine. She is very funny and you can't help but get drawn in. Totally brilliant.
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