Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Published by: Crown Archetype
Length: 240 pages
Plot: 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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.
Favorite Quote: “People talk about confidence without ever bringing up hard work. That’s a mistake. I know I sound like some dour older spinster chambermaid on Downton Abbey who has never felt a man’s touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don’t understand how you could have self-confidence if you don’t do the work. I work a lot. Like, a lot a lot … Hard work is such a weird thing. As children and teenagers you are told it’s a really good thing, but for adults it suddenly becomes the worst thing in the world. We do a thing in America, which is to label people ‘workaholics’ and tell them that work is ruining their lives … The truth is, I have never, ever, ever met a highly confident and successful person who is not what a movie would call a ‘workaholic.’ We can’t have it both ways, and children should know that. Because confidence is like respect; you have to earn it.”
After the success of the first book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me’, ‘Why Not Me?” is the second book by the celebrity writer Mindy Kaling. Why Not Me is 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for the Humor category. I haven’t read the first book yet but after reading the second book, I will surely read the first one.
The book is memoir of various essays written by Mindy Kaling. She has written about her school, career pressure, appearance, family & friends, one entire chapter is dedicated to her daily schedule. The book is a quick read with a lot of laugh out loud comments. Most of the women will relate to quite a few things Mindy has to say, especially about food. 😉 She has mentioned a lot of the incidence from her previous show ‘The office’ & here journey at bagging ‘The Mindy Project’. The voice in the book sounds so familiar. I wish I had opted for an audio book.
The book is humorous, witty, with lots of relatable moments. Mindy has been brave enough to let out her insecurities and when you read them you feel like you are not the only one to have such thoughts. It is kind of provides an insight to what most of the girls think.