Why Not Me?: A Review

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

I have always loved Mindy Kaling, since the first time I saw her on the office. When I first saw her in The Office I had no idea she wrote some of the episodes it made me like her even more. And I unfortunately didn’t get to read her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, but I didn’t get a chance to pick up this book. I don’t think you need to read that one to get Why Not Me. Why Not Me isn’t a continuation of her previous book, but is just another set of stories.

The stories go over a range of topics like love, friendship, work and lots of it. Kaling takes you into the way she gets ready for the day, to how she feels when she sees herself in a magazine. To what she is thinking when someone is interviewing her. She sets the record straight how she isn’t perfect (which is a lie) she has flaws, but that’s okay and all she wants to be is her best self.

I loved every bit of it. To her college days to her shorts days of being a sorority girl, to dating someone who worked in the Whitehouse. And something I really enjoyed was her perfect courtship in alternate life told in fictional emails. On an end note I really hope Mindy Kaling writes more, she is hilarious and wonderful to read about.

If your interested in this book or anything else Mindy Kaling has worked on you can check out her site to read excerpts or get news on upcoming releases.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review



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