Published by Crown Archetype on September 15th 2015
Genres: Humor, Memoirs
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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.