Any book that has the sentence “Screw you Neil DeGrasse Tyson” over Pluto not being a planet anymore is a book I need to be reading.
So I have finished another book! I told you this was going to be a big thing for a little while. I’m in a reading phase. February is great for a reading phase.
Last Friday, I finished Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.
I’m in the middle of a biography phase for reading. And like I said for Modern Romance, I was a little let down by this book. I think when I go to read celebrity books, I’m always hoping they will be as funny and as engaging as Mindy Kaling’s books. I love them. I guess it’s not fair that I hold all other celebrity memoirs up to that standard, but for someone like Anna Kendrick, I was ready for some laughs!
I chuckled a little bit. But not a full out laugh like Mindy gets.
While I was completely shocked at what I read in Modern Romance, I was almost right on for what I was expecting from this book. I expected a collection of short essays, like Mindy, about Anna’s life, like Mindy, told in a funny and interesting way, like Mindy. It was like 75% there.
This book is basically Anna’s journey to where she is now. It’s written in what I can assume is her speaking voice. Which I think is a great asset for an author. My best friend will sometimes read my blog and she always says that I write almost exactly how I would speak and that’s comforting to her. I think the same about this book. From her movies and interviews and things, I felt like I could have just been having a conversation with Anna instead of reading her book.
I read this over the course of a weekend actually. Like Friday-Sunday. But I was a little letdown. It wasn’t as funny as I was expecting, and what Anna writes about was more into her personal life than I was expecting. She really lets us in. Like really in lol.
All that aside, I almost stopped reading the book about halfway through. I was kind of getting tired of how she was writing. It was distracting and kind of felt a little “put on” if you know what I mean.
But I decided to stick it out. It’s hard for me to put a book down when I’ve already started it. I can do it, but it has to be really bad for me to do that. This one was only like a little annoying so I kept at it. And I am really glad that I did.
Getting into the later chapters, when Anna talks about her fame and how she was dealing with it, she started to expose a truly deep and private part of her own emotions and that was touching. I’m not sure what it was about it, and I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t read the book, but something about reading about those experiences made me see her in a different light and view her personality in a different way. She gets really vulnerable in certain places. It was a refreshing change from the start of the book.
And just if you need an explanation for anything else today: