Why Not Me?

BY Mindy Kaling

Kaling, Mindy;Why Not Me

Publisher: Crown Archetype
Publication date: 15-Sept-2015
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Genres: Memoir, Autobiography. Essays, Comedy
ISBN: 9780804138147
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating:4 stars

From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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. -Goodreads


Prior to picking up this book I had no idea who Mindy Kaling was/is. After reading it, I’ve begun binge watching “The Mindy Project“.TheMindyProject Honestly one of the only reasons I picked the book up was because the diagram on the back of the book showed Stephen Colbert as a part of her heart. (He also has a place in mine.) Mindy Kaling is adorably hilarious, and I loved her essays. She gives some very interesting advice that I may or may not take, but was entertaining regardless. In her book she offers advice, tells of her time meeting the president, and tells about kissing celebrities like Seth Rogen. Her references to her TV show was great advertising for her awesome TV show. (Which I’ve already gotten through 1.5 seasons in two days.)

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