Rating: 5/5 stars
Length: 275 pages; 6 amazing hours on Audible (highly recommend the Audio experience!)
Genres: Autobiography, Memoir, AudioBook, Nonfiction, Biography, Humor, Adult, Comedy, Essays
Publication date: November 15, 2016
I gave up on being Nice. I started putting more value on other qualities instead: passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity. Those.
I’m not the biggest autobiography/biography/memoir fan, but I picked this AudioBook up on the recommendation of one of my closest friends. And boy am I happy that I listened to her.
Anna Kendrick does an amazing job at reading her stories in this author read AudioBook. I listened to this book on my way to and from work on the days that I actually went into the office this week and enjoyed the car rides immensely. I found myself wishing that my commute was longer, just so I could get in a couple more minutes of this amazing tale. While I sometimes thought about picking up a physical copy of this book to read in while not in the middle of my commute, I couldn’t help but think I’d be missing out on some of Kendrick’s amazing narrative skills. There’s a reason she’s such an amazing voice actor and it’s clear even when she’s reading her own book out loud.
These stories made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Kendrick made it clear that even though she’s found amazing success as an actor, she’s still a regular human being. Finding fame doesn’t automatically remove your anxiety and it doesn’t magically make you a perfect human being. It takes work and dedication, and a whole lot of uncomfortable positions to look red carpet ready. No matter what front actors put out there, they’re still human beings and this book is a great reminder of that.
Yes, Kendrick has found even greater success since this book was published, but I still believe that she’s the same goofball that wrote it in the first place. I feel for her, always looking younger than you are and feeling like you’re being talked down to because of it. Yet she never let it stop her from being who she is – from going after her dreams and doing what she loves.
I’d highly recommend this book to everyone. You might not be all that interested in knowing everything about celebrities – I’m certainly not – but this book can still teach you valuable lessons. And all while giving you a good laugh.