Author: Anna Kendrick
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Pages: 304 (Kindle)
My Rating: 3/10
Overview: You may recognize Anna Kendrick from popular movies such as, Pitch Perfect, Twilight, Into the Woods, Up in the Air, and more.
However, in her book, Anna humorously reveals how she acquired her start in the acting world and we learn more about her life, family, friends, relationships, etc.
What I loved: Not much... Some parts were funny, I think she could write a decent fictional novel.
What I didn't: Okay, Anna Kendrick is 31 years old. She had a decent childhood, found her passion early on in life and has had some success in the acting world. Now, I'm not trying to minimize the work she put in to become an actress, because Baby Jesus knows I'm not nearly as talented as she, but I don't know why she put out a collection of autobiographical essays so young.
Her voice is often pompous and snooty and I felt as though I was being allowed to "sit at the cool kids' table" while reading. Some chapters even seemingly reveal she might be ungrateful for her fame...
"And I wasn't saddled with the creepy super-fame."
I've read my fair share of memoirs and I haven't encountered someone as snobby as Anna Kendrick. Maybe someone is a tad jealous her Twilight co-stars became a little more famous than she did?
The essays bounce around a lot and it was difficult to keep a mental timeline of her life. Some stories were also a little boring or tedious. Nothing truly stood out to me as autobiographical material.
I may have enjoyed the book more if I had listened to the audio book.
Somehow, I like Anna less after reading her book. Definitely not recommending this one to my friends.