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An Amazon Best Book of September 2015: In Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling has solidified her position as “most valuable friend.” Just like Mindy, these essays are exuberantly funny, deeply introspective and refreshingly thoughtful. From her relationship with BJ Novak and the guy who worked for the president, to creating her TV show and announcing the Emmy nominations, Mindy’s just-between-us-friends approach makes you love her just a little bit more after each story, and you’ll even question if Mindy is your soup snake. By all conventional measures Mindy Kaling should not be where she is, and that is the beauty of the stories she shares—“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.” Accessible and empowering, Why Not Me? makes you want to stand up and shout, “Why not me, too?”--Deborah Bass

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“Kaling has written a second book that’s funnier, sharper and more confident than her 2011 collection of personal essays and pop culture riffs called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).  Even the title of that initial effort implied that Kaling was trying to find her place; the tone of this new one announces that she’s found it and is more than comfortable inviting people to spend time with her there.”—Washington Post

“Funny, thoughtful essays and anecdotes written in the star’s trademark voice. But this time around, things are just little more grown-up…This is Kaling at the height of her power.”—USA Today

 “Mindy Kaling may be gearing up for the fourth season of her TV show, The Mindy Project, but that didn't deter her from writing another wildly entertaining and completely relatable book… Her first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), spent time on several best-seller lists. Why Not Me? will certainly follow in its footsteps.”—Associated Press

“Hilarious…Kaling knows her strengths, and plays to them brilliantly…Aside from that effortlessly conversational tone and her pitch-perfect humor, Kaling’s biggest strength here is curatorial. She gives us the candy we came for – the advice, the anecdotes, the straight talk on body image – but sprinkles in something extra.”—Entertainment Weekly, A-

Why Not Me? is all that we've come to expect from the creator and star of The Mindy Project: refreshing, confident, genuine, and, yes, absolutely hilarious.” —Refinery29 

“…insightful personal essays from one of Hollywood's cleverest writers… Intrepid and often irreverent, Kaling humbly probes her own triumphs and defeats with laugh-out-loud results”. —Kirkus Reviews

“Kaling's irreverent take on life is both uproariously funny and dead-on…Advice on a variety of topics—including why extensions make everyone more beautiful and how the world needs to start assuming that all young women are confident—make this an empowering and entertaining read.”—Publishers Weekly
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1st edition (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804138141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804138147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,026 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark on September 20, 2015
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If you liked her first book, you'll like this one, too. Sure, it’s extremely light and probably only for people who love her TV show. Yes, the first chapter is on beauty tips — but I actually found myself recalling an anecdote from it at work. You'll learn about her dating an assistant to President Obama, her show being cancelled (and rescued), her rushing a sorority, her difficulties being a normally shaped woman on TV, etc. It all sounds incredibly boring, but she’s funny and smart and I love her so I loved spending time with her. Grade: A-
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To put it in one single phrase, Mindy Kaling is hilarious.

From the previous "why is everyone against me" mentality, she is now here with a book that offer readers a greater insight into who she really is as a person. I have enjoyed her previous work - her first book, her comedy shows and her show on TV. She is great at using self-deprecating humor to depict on how she always thought about "fitting in". As a person with unconventional looks and a different voice, she knows her limitations and have used those to survive and even prosper in a glamorous industry. Don't we all want to do that in every aspect of our life? That is where readers feel the connection with Mindy.

Whether you are a male or a female, this book is written in a style that depicts your best female friend narrating her life experiences to you. Every topic she wanted to touch upon is written in the form of short essays and have several laugh out loud moments. As a reader you get to know more about her personal life, her struggles and her success. Even with all the humor, she comes across as an intelligent woman who is here to stay. Some of her jokes are direct while others are subtle that make you chuckle even more. One unique essay I would specifically mention is where she writes about an alternate timeline (Mindy herself as another character) and creates a romantic story about it. Is it only me who felt she can actually be a great writer of romantic scripts? Maybe in a few years we will get to know.

To sum it up, fans of Mindy Kaling will not be disappointed with this book. The book is personal, insightful and yet very humorous. There is no boring moment in the book and it has plenty of brilliant one liners and subtle jokes added in all the right proportions. She is effortlessly humorous without trying too hard. I recommend - go get your copy today!

Let me know if my review helped. Feel free to leave comments or votes. Godspeed.
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I decided to start watching the Mindy Project about a week before the season two finale aired because Hulu was thrashing me over the head with it. Sometimes marketing works.

I loved "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" and I pre-ordered "Why Not Me?" pretty much as soon as Amazon was taking pre-orders. Full disclosure: I even registered my pre-order with the publisher in order to receive a little Mindy Kaling pin and a small package of Australian red licorice (that I scarfed down in a rage after a stressful day at work.)

I love Mindy's perspective on so many things. I love her style. She makes me laugh.

Okay, fangirling complete. Loved the licorice. Loved the book. Love the Mindy.
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Amazing read! It's all about her world and I'm completely obsessed! Her books are the kind of books that will foster your love for reading because they are so fantastically funny! You can definitely see that her sense-of-self and humor has gracefully matured! This was a book I could not put down and when it was over I shed a tear. I wanted more which is why the only negative thing I have to say about this book is, it was too short. But you will finish this book knowing that you definitely got your money's worth!
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Oh, gosh. I am such a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. (As we know.) I loved her last book, but this one was even better. I'm more than ten years younger than Kaling, so this might sound stupid, but this book seemed more mature than the last one (less superficiality, although a little bit of that is great) and it was hilarious. I laughed out loud several times, I nodded along, and I uttered the word "preach" more times than I did when I watched Sister Act 2, so... This book gets five out of five stars from me.

Let's start off with the truly important aspects of the book: Its looks. The font is so pretty, which is something normal people might not notice, but yeah, that shipped sailed, I notice it. The cover is light and airy, I like the pops of gold, the back cover is hilarious, and the inside has the coolest design. I know the old adage, but I almost always judge books based on their covers, and this one is sublime. I know you're probably not reading this for a summary of the design, so I'm going to talk about the book itself.

Mindy's book is a steady stream of funny. People can knock essays or humor, but they don't get it. Being consistently funny isn't the easiest thing to do when you're writing to an invisible audience. I try it when I write blog posts, and if you've ever read any of my blog posts, you know I usually fail. A sense of humor might come naturally - I think I'm funny in situations and conversations. But writing 220 pages without faltering in the humor department? That's talent. Straight up talent. If you're a funny person, love a funny person, or wish you were a funny person, I'd recommend this book.

If you're into autobiographies and you're in Mindy's target audience (women and gay men, I imagine she'd say), you might love this book.
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