Before I proceed with this review, I have a confession to make: I am kinda obsessed with Anna Kendrick.
In case you are reading this: no, Anna, I am not going to stand outside your window with a boom box. This is because I don’t have a boom box.
In all seriousness, I feel the need to declare my undying love of Anna Kendrick because it probably colors this review slightly. Still, even though I constantly check her Twitter and see most of her films, I am really picky when it comes to writing.
And Anna Kendrick is a good writer.
A really, really good writer.
Her style is sharp, witty, and self-deprecating. She can find humor in the most mundane/horrible situations, and she makes you feel like you are having a fun conversation with her over drinks. I will state that her style isn’t for everyone. She is incredibly snarky, and I can see how that tone would be off-putting if you aren’t into sarcasm. Similarly, if you aren’t a fan of Anna Kendrick, you are going to have a rough time.
Her stories are pretty amazing.
I don’t want to go too much into detail (because of spoilers and, quite frankly, she can tell them WAY better than me), but you get to read stories about her trips to film festivals when she was a teenager, and what it was like to sing with Neil Patrick Harrison at the Oscars. Her best stories obviously revolve around Hollywood. Hearing about her getting sick on a boat is way less interesting than her experience reading The Shining on the set of Breaking Dawn.
To be honest, I was skimming through her childhood stories to get to the celebrity gossip.
I mean, that’s why we read these books, right? Well, Anna Kendrick does not disappoint. Not only do you find out how Aubrey Plaza negotiates for a car, but you also find out what hilarious remark George Clooney says at award shows to Anna after she loses. And if you think Zac Efron is cool now (okay, maybe only millennials think this), then you are going to think he is a god after reading Anna Kendrick’s memoir.
Oh, and if all that weren’t enough, there are tons of fun pictures in the book.
You can see her fabulous award show dresses or her adorable family photos when she was a child. The captions are pretty hilarious as well. This is why I advise buying the book in hardcopy instead of on an e-reader or as an audiobook. Still, it would be pretty cool to hear Anna herself read the book. Who am I kidding? You should buy both.
What? I warned you that I was obsessed.
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