Continuing in my quest to read celebrity memoirs (why exactly am I doing this again?), I picked up this book by Anna Kendrick and jumped right in. To be fair, the only thing I have ever seen her in happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time, Up in the Air, so I wasn't sure if I would be stuck reading a memoir of her talk about all of these film projects that I had never seen. Delightfully, this was not the case. It was more about her telling you how much of a real person she is instead of this egotistical, big headed movie star.
Kendrick grew up with humble beginnings in Maine and tells the story of how her parents would drive her to New York to be in theatrical performances, oftentimes costing the family money they didn't necessarily have. Her father had to work multiple jobs to keep up this routine. I found this part of the book fascinating because her parents really believed in their little girl and greatly emphasized how she has not lost touch with her small town upbringing.
To be fair, the book did get a tad monotonous in her pursuit of telling the reader time and time again how real she is, but overall the book was fun. I did learn a few little behind the scene insights into my favorite movie, and, like I stated during my review of William Daniels' memoir, I didn't come away having lost respect for her.
But who should read this book? Well, obviously Anna Kendrick fans, but also anyone who wants a look at how difficult it is to make it big in Hollywood and any one who has also taken the unrewarding task to read more celebrity memoirs. Again, I have no idea why I started doing this. Fortunately, the road ends here for me in this journey.
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