Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Genres: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Humor
Source: finished hardcover from Blogging for Books
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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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’ll read anything Mindy Kaling writes. I love her as an actress, comedian, and human being. I think she’s relatable and empowering. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook, which Mindy narrates herself. I listened along as I flipped through the physical book so I wouldn’t miss any of the photos. Unlike her first memoir, which was a mashup of funny childhood stories, essays about working on The Office, and what led her to Hollywood, this follow up’s essay’s focused on her professional career and success.
I love The Mindy Project, so I was really interested in the stories she told about the show and its history. I felt like this memoir was more personal than her first book and read almost like a diary of her thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics, from weight in Hollywood to BJ Novak. There were a couple essays that fell flat for me, which is why I rated it 4 stars, but overall I recommend this one for anyone who’s a fan of Mindy and her humor.
About the Author
Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom “The Mindy Project”, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show
Disclaimer: I received Why Not Me? book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.