Review ~ Why Not Me?

Posted January 6, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 40 Comments

Review ~ Why Not Me?Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Published by Crown Archetype on September 15th 2015
Genres: Humor, Memoirs
Pages: 240
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
3.5 Stars

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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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


So I really liked Mindy’s first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) so I was really excited when I found out she had a new one coming out. I did a happy dance.


As with all my memoirs and funny lady books, I had to do the audio. While I enjoyed this one and there were moments I loved, overall I didn’t love it like I was hoping.

I think the main thing that was different from the first book to this one was in her first one it was more a big picture of her life – from growing up, college, starting out in Hollywood and fun stories in between. This was more about now that she made it, her new show but random stories from her past as well. Maybe it felt a little disjointed? Whatever. Let’s not be so negative and talk about my favorite parts!

  • In my last review for one Mindy’s books I talked about wanting to be her best friend. Well, I spoke and she listened. Not really but she did have a section on how everyone wants be her best friend. It was really a funny story and I think had a real point about female friendships.
  • Listening to her talk about joining a sorority brought me back to my own sorority days – the good, the bad and the did I really do that??
  • She talks about body image and going on juice cleanses to lose weight and why she will never do it again. The fact that I don’t understand how anyone does those i was super impressed that she did a 21 day one without cheating. I mean it prompted her do never do one again but still. Girl has will power!
  • Her Harvard Law School Speech was pretty funny and glad it was included. I love listening to speeches like that.
  • I think her section called 4 AM Worries felt like something I could super relate to. It was about being anxious and worried. She lists out all her 4 AM worries and I laughed because during half of them because I was like “Me too!!!”

I think the best thing is that during her stories, funny moments and what not was a feeling of confidence and a “you can do it” kind of spirit that was infectious.


If you like Mindy Kaling this is one I would say to read (or listen). If not, I would say try her first book over this one if you were to try one or the other. Either way, it was pretty quick and had enough good moments to make it worth it.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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40 responses to “Review ~ Why Not Me?

  1. I’m not really a Mindy fan, but it’s not that I don’t like her, I’ve just never watched her show or anything. I’ve been curious about her books though because she seems like she has a great sense of humor and is relatable. Great review Grace!!

  2. I am glad that you enjoyed this one even if it wasn’t as much as you enjoyed her first book. It sounds like there were some sections that you really did end up enjoying. I have found that in the few celebrity memoirs that I have read I really like sections but the book overall doesn’t do much for me. I will be honest – I am uncool enough that I really know nothing about Mindy at all 🙂
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  3. I’m a huge fan of Mindy Kaling myself and i’m about 3/4 into this one and absolutely loving it. I definitely think Mindy is my spirit animal–or at least super secret sister. She’s just so funny and relatable. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one!
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  4. I’ve been looking forward to this one since I heard about it and I LOVED her first book too. So really going into this review I think even if you hadn’t liked it I still would’ve gotten it (unless there were detailed descriptions of her sacrificing puppies or something) but I’m SOOOO glad you enjoyed this! I can deal with disjointed and the sound of most of the stories you mention more than make up for that. Now I’m even doubly excited about it. Great review!
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  5. I wasn’t a huge fan of her first book, which really surprised me because I like her AND I like funny memoirs, so what was the problem? I have no idea. Now I kind of wish I hadn’t given it away, maybe I’d appreciate it more now? Who knows. I feel like I would have liked that one more than this one too. Although, 4am anxiety should probably be my NAME at this point, that is kind of my life story, so maybe I SHOULD give it a try hahah. Glad you liked it, but sorry it wasn’t quite as great as you’d hoped!
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