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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Mindy Kaling. Prior to reading her previous book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I had only known her from TV, but her first book made me decide she was my spirit animal. Why Not Me? helped solidify that decision.
Three years after Kaling’s first book came out, she released Why Not Me? giving fans and random readers who picked it up thinking it’s I Am Malala more insight into her life. This book focuses more so on her life now over the past few years as her fame has grown, but also goes back and offers readers new stories from her youth, and college days at Dartmouth.
Kaling really steps up the game in Why Not Me? in terms of humor in it. Yes, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was a funny book, but I found myself laughing out loud more with Why Not Me?. I did notice, that it seemed that Kaling was more comfortable taking jabs at celebrities and other people in her life in this book. Now, she does this in a joking manner, and I honestly think if she does that to you, she probably respects or loves you. I must get on that list of people.
Now besides all the humor provided in Why Not Me?, Kaling provides advice on fashion, confidence, working hard and being yourself. Her advice is mostly geared towards women, but honestly a lot of it could be applied to any minority. I mean as a young gay man, I’m sure going to follow her advice on dating. I’m also going to try my best to carry a work ethic like Kaling’s.
I am giving Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed series The Mindy Project. Her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns), was featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list. She also starred as Kelly Kapoor on the Emmy-winning series The Office and wrote twenty-four episodes of the series, including “Niagara,” which earned her an Emmy nomination. She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Kaling starred as Disgust in Pixar’s Inside Out and made her film debut in Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She lives in New Hampshire and doesn’t own a television.