This book encompasses two things that I love. Autobiographies and Anna Kendrick. Since I first saw her in Twilight (don’t judge), I’ve loved her as an actress, and I’ve always thought she’s a very relateable person and very funny (especially on Twitter).
Thankfully, her book didn’t spoil the picture of her that I’d created in my mind, I laughed out loud constantly and hard. She’s brutally honest the whole way through the book, not putting on a front to say ‘oh look at how perfect my life is and how easy I found it to become a famous actress’. She details the low points with a humour and a frankness that I found surprising – unlike some other memoirs I’ve read which felt fake somehow – I’m looking at you, Lena Dunham.
From her upbringing in Maine, through to her move to LA and all the bits in between, Anna gives you an insight into the ‘real’ life of an actress, showing you behind the glamour of the film-sets and the red carpets to see what it’s really like – hint, it’s not as glamorous as you would think. But you also see a whole lot of ‘Anna the person’ as well as ‘Anna the actress’, giving you insights into how she grew up (hint – she’s just like you and me!)
The whole book felt like you were sat down having a conversation with a friend, not forced or staged, just a very natural flow of words, which I heard in Kendrick’s voice in my head. She’s kept her way of speaking in the book rather than polishing up the words and that made it so easy to read, I read the whole thing in two sittings, unable to put the book down, even when my fiance was dying to go out for lunch – I just had to read the last 50 pages!
As you can probably tell, I really loved this book and would whole-heartedly recommend it if you’ve seen Kendrick in films and liked her, or if you just want a behind the scenes look at Hollywood. Fantastic!