Anna Ken­drick is au­then­tic, en­gag­ing in ‘Scrappy Lit­tle No­body’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Lincee Ray The As­so­ci­ated Press

“Scrappy Lit­tle No­body”  (Touch­stone), by Anna Ken­drick

Anna Ken­drick has charmed her fans in films such as “Up in the Air,” “Into the Woods” and “Pitch Per­fect.” In “Scrappy Lit­tle No­body,” Ken­drick tells how she shaped her ca­reer by be­ing ir­ri­tat­ingly or­di­nary.

Her col­lec­tion of es­says por­trays a young girl’s road to success, as well as the per­sonal anx­i­eties that ac­com­pany a pro­fes­sion in film. Early in her ca­reer, one of her big­gest headaches was her tiny stature, but she could work her size to her ad­van­tage by play­ing a wide age range of char­ac­ters. As she got older, she learned to adopt the mantra that big things come in small pack­ages. When Ken­drick spoke her mind, peo­ple lis­tened.

Ken­drick also lets the reader peek into the more per­sonal de­tails of her life. This in­cludes a com­ing-ofage check­list, an in­dex of ex­tremely de­tailed party themes she has yet to ex­e­cute and a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on a boat to Catalina. Her de­scrip­tion of the emo­tions she felt dur­ing her grand­mother’s funeral can only be de­scribed as heart­break­ing.

“Scappy Lit­tle No­body” is a story about Ken­drick’s abil­ity to em­brace the pre­tend per­son she’s play­ing in front of the cam­era, as well as the per­son she is in real life. Ken­drick is both prac­ti­cal and skep­ti­cal and more coura­geous than not. And she’s se­cure enough to ad­mit that what you see is what you get.

If you’re looking for au­then­tic and en­gag­ing un­der the um­brella of ridicu­lously en­ter­tain­ing, then Anna Ken­drick is your an­swer.

PHOTO BY JOR­DAN STRAUSS — INVISION — AP, FILE

In this file photo, Anna Ken­drick ar­rives at the 23rd annual ELLE Women in Hol­ly­wood Awards in Los An­ge­les. Ken­drick re­leased a book, “Scrappy Lit­tle No­body,” with anec­dotes and mus­ings from her life.

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