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Why Not Me? Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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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
“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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mindy Kaling continues to write some of the best memoirs I've ever read. If she began to write fiction, I'd read the crap out of that, too.Published 3 days ago by HP
This was a quick fun read. You really can do anything you put your mind to doing, and Mindy encourages everyone to do jut that.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, not only because I am a huge fan, but because it was so honest. Very much recommend to anyone looking for a good before bed read.Published 5 days ago by kissmeimellyo
Only because my 29 (or so) yr old daughter loves her; and loved getting it as a gift.Published 6 days ago by Mark L./squattingmoose
Found this book even more endearing than her last. I officially want to be friends with Mindy Kaling.Published 7 days ago by emily o smith
Mindy Kaling is hilarious. I loved this book, and it made me love her even more. She is an intelligent, funny, honest and strong woman, and I will happily read any books she... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Katherine Olson