I gave this book 5 stars. First, because giving a low score in someone’s autobiography is kinda like saying ‘your life sucks’ (and I’m not that mean!). Second, I loved this book so much. I tend to not like many autobiographies, but if they are all like this, I’m buying more.
I wanted this book as soon as it was announced by Anna because I’m a big fan of hers (that is not in any way affecting my review at all. I’m all honesty here). I had no idea of her musical background though, I only knew she could sing from Pitch Perfect.
To me she was Jessica from Twilight, even though she goes on about how people weren’t all that interested in her when she was working on the films. It was the Rob’s and the Kristen’s that they wanted. Well Anna, I was paying attention. To me you stood out even though you were a secondary character, or number 44 as you explained to us. Since then I’ve watched everything she’s been on. But less about my not-so-secret crush for Anna and more about the book.
Most of all, this book is inspiring, fun, and honest. She doesn’t sugarcoat her struggles, fame doesn’t really change your life over night. You can be nominated for an Oscar and still come back to your shitty apartment that you share with two mates with a black tar stained carpet, but heck you now have a pair of 1000 dollar shoes.
The book is light hearted, with the occasional swearing, sex references and Harry Potter mentions. It goes from stories of her childhood, being a musical theatre teenager, to independent films and getting a private jet from the Oscars to her 3am call.
I finished the book thinking that I just have been cozied up in the sofa on a sleep over getting to know a new friend (are we friends now, Anna? Are we?). I now really want to go to her ultimate fantasy New Year’s Party, not so sure about the Valentine’s one (not really into a big orgy!).
Ultimately, this book is empowering. Because even if you think you are a Scrappy Little Nobody, you are the one in control of your life. She always felt that people patronised her for being little and looking younger, so she made herself be heard. So be yourself and be the somebody you want to be, because you too can one day have your dress sewed into a diamond necklace (isn’t that what we all strive for in life? JK).