If you know me a little, you know I’m obsessed with Anna Kendrick. Not in a I-need-to-know-everything-about-her way, not even in a I-want-to-look-at-her-picture-all-day-long-and-dream-my-life-away way, but in a way where I put myself in a position to enjoy her work. That’s mostly her movies, yes, but, awesomely, also her music, her tweets, and some rare interviews.
Well, and now her first book.
You may wonder: is there nothing sacred to this tiny, loud actress? Does she have to write a book now to make even more money? Apparently, she does, but even she admits that it’s for entertainment purposes only, so it’s okay to be just curious and pick it up.
What does she reveal in her book?
She reveals some insightful stories about how she got to the place she’s at now. She lets you catch a fleeting glimpse of the woman behind the words and then lets her sarcasm and wit make you laugh again and forget, it got serious for a second.
But that’s actually the beauty of it, her own style if you want. She does not dwell on insightful, dramatic, or sad, she just goes on to something more light-hearted or embarrassing.
What doesn’t she reveal in her book?
She doesn’t dish. As she admits near the end of the book, she’s being diplomatic and I appreciate that. If I wanted to read about her co-stars doing bad stuff, I’d read gossip columns. But that’s precisely the kind of stuff I’ve never been interested in. I know that many people are, but I honestly appreciate the work actors put out more than rumors about their personal lives.
She also doesn’t reveal herself, really. As I said, it’s mostly glimpses you get. Yes, she dwells on her flawed personality traits, but she does not become full-on philosophical about the person she is. She tells entertaining stories; mostly, she does on the page what she does in her acting – she’s telling stories, she presents someone, she fills it all with her personality.
I did enjoy this book a lot, it made me laugh, it made me think sometimes. It may just be that it offered me insights into my own weird self. And that’s because Kendrick is relatable. And I guess that’s what the title is really about: her being human, not superstar. The fact that a superstar is only a facade and that behind it, people still need to use the bathroom during award shows.
Kendrick proves that she’s not just a one-trick pony who can put out funny tweets. She’s someone who does a handful of things really well, and adulting isn’t one of them. She remains to be one of my favorites, just because of that, but also because she’s feisty and a fighter and someone who keeps me entertained for hours.