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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
“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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This book is funny, so maybe a younger person might miss the recurring message: to achieve success, MK had to pick her priorities (make sacrifices) at every turn. Near the end of the book, there's an excellent account of how she learned the difference at a young age between earned success and unearned self-esteem, which is something many parents today don't understand.
How did she learn to rise above her own insecurities? By refusing to concede that other people's ideas about what she was entitled to achieve were more valid than her own--and by hard work, sleepless nights, and knowing what she wanted. Most important, she emphasises the absolute and seldom acknowledged connection between self confidence and self acceptance and hard work plus tenacity. And yet on the surface, it's a funny book that's not about any of those things.
I liked it. Any ambitious young woman would benefit from reading this.
She's an excellent role model for any young woman who wants to learn how to get there (or anywhere) from here.
She has this incredible ability to make you laugh, cry, and make you feel great about yourself all at the same time. She knows that hard work, in the end, is truly what matters. And that when you're working hard, it's ok to show off. She talks about her body with confidence and a voice that says, "ok, let's stop talking about my body." Because Mindy Kaling is not just a woman repping curvy women, she's a woman repping hard working people in general.
The chapter about her relationship with BJ kills me because I am THE BIGGEST Mindy and BJ shipper. I just love them. I think even if they never get married and have adorable babies, they need to stay together in one way or another for the rest of their lives because they build each other up and complement each other in magical ways.
It took me about 2 months to read this book. Not because it was a slow read or because I needed that much time to actually read it. I would pull it out of my purse once or twice a week and read a new section in order to make it last as long as possible. It's such a comfort read and there's no plot to keep track off so it's perfect for a bit of a long read.
I really loved the alternate universe where Mindy stays in NY and becomes a Latin teacher. That part of the book just really showcases how great Kaling is at writing work place romances.
I do think the book could use more structure and her writing can feel very stream of consciousness.
Overall a fun read that really cracked me up at moments and made me smile with its advice.