I’ve heard you should never meet your heroes. Those same people would probably tell you not to read their memoirs either.
It depends on WHO your hero is. Pick the right one, and that shouldn’t be a problem. That being said, I met Anna Kendrick on Monday and have been reading her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody, ever since, and I love her more than ever.
The event itself was at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey. They are apparently famous for their author events and were very efficient at getting everyone in and out in a timely manner. That being said, I wanted to talk to her more. Don’t get me wrong: she was absolutely funny and charming and she TOLD ME I LOOKED AMAZING AND HUGGED ME AND OH MY GOD GUYS I COULDN’T TAKE IT, but I didn’t get to ask her about Trolls like I wanted to or tell her I’d driven from L.A. or let her know that my lipstick color was called Lady Balls, which I figured she’d appreciate. I left still feeling like I had a 2D idea of her.
Reading her book filled that gap. She writes like she talks, and each story is told in a conversational style that makes you feel connected to her as the story-teller. At one point, she even says that “we’re friends.” Even though that’s not quite accurate, she manages to speak openly and honestly in a way that shows off her humanity.
There are a lot of “actress finds her way through Hollywood” stories, but it also contains several “young woman finds her way” stories and advice for girls about dating and sex. She shows some true feminism and calls out some sexist issues with society from a personal level, like the guys who want to have sex with her until she shows she’s “too enthusiastic” about it.
All in all, the book just makes her seem more like a person I want to hang out with and feels like you’re catching up with a friend who happens to be living the “Hollywood life.” The stories are funny and interesting and she bares her soul enough to ensure her reader is emotionally invested.
If you liked Twilight or Into the Woods, I recommend reading it. If you want to be an actor and are curious how one moves to L.A. and gets into show business, I recommend reading it. If you are a girl/young woman who doesn’t know how to be yourself in a world constantly telling you 5000 different people you should be, I recommend reading it. She has good advice in spots. In the places she doesn’t, well…she can commiserate enough that you don’t feel quite so alone in your circumstance. And she’ll make you laugh enough to make you feel better about all of it.