Why Not Me? - Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me?

By Mindy Kaling

  • Release Date: 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Humor
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 871 Ratings)
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Description

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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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

Reviews

  • No depth.

    1
    By Vwill013
    Mindless rambling with no real story.
  • Can't get enough

    5
    By Jesslynnmart34
    This is the second book I've read by her and she is amazing. Essays are insightful but light and pieced together for a well balanced narrative. Love Mindy!
  • Easy, humorous read

    5
    By Coribee28
    This book did exactly what I expected it to... it made me laugh, took my mind off two long plane rides and gave little mini bite stories about other famous people. Way to go Mindy Kaling, thank you for sharing.
  • Humorous

    4
    By mary_mazurek
    Humorous and enjoyable, but rambles a bit.
  • Very light, funny, and real.

    5
    By Llantajm
    Last couple chapters were the truth that hardly anyone wants to admit.
  • Sunflowerfusion

    4
    By Sunflowerfusion
    I think Mindy is awesome! She is so real about Hollywood. Not many celebrities will tell it like it is. Mindy does. She has a great knack for storytelling. The book pulls you in - you can't put it down! I finished it in 3 days. I learned a great deal about her life after reading this book. Hilarious. Must read.
  • Couldn't put it down 😍

    5
    By Ashn_22
    The only problem with this book is I read it too fast and now I want to keep reading!! I'm a huge Mindy Kaling fan and this book just made me love her even more. I read the whole thing in a total of a couple hours. I had to go to work and to a party and I found myself thinking about it wishing I was still reading. It keeps you interested with all the different ideas, formats, and stories. It really taught me a lot I didn't know about Mindy Kaling. It also was very funny and moving. There were a lot of passages that I highlighted because it made me think or touched me. I definitely recommend.
  • Not to overstate it ....

    5
    By ##photogirl##
    Please don't let the fact that I've only read board books with 3 word sentences for the last five years diminish my opinion of Ms. Kaling's work. Can I just say how much I enjoyed this?! I laughed at loud so hard I woke the baby on numerous occasions. I actually made it a point to find time to read. This, my friends, is HUGE. Toddlers missed snacks. (They lived, and it was always a refill.) Toys laid in the floor. The laundry sat. But I got to read!! Thank you Ms. Kaling for bringing books back to my life. I'm off to the "bookstore" to download something else ...
  • love

    5
    By Maddie R-T
    this book made me want to be best friends with mindy kaling.
  • Travel companion thru Guatemala

    5
    By eliasgarman
    I read this book as a single white straight guy on my through Guatemala from Belize. I read through it on my 11 hour drive with my close friends. I ignored them for 7 hours as I was drawn into the life of Ms. Kaling. Part of me wants to email her and ask her to marry me. The other part of me feels guilty that I ignored most of Guatemalan scenery for something I could fulfill through TMZ. As much as it was nonsense and comedy, I was drawn into understanding the struggle of being single and working hard for stability. It was encouraging to read a feminist book of woman power, but not having to put up with ultra-man-hating-woman-power. Women with confidence and work ethic can and should be platformed...even drooled after.

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