Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
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.
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.
This book was the best follow up to a full on memoir I have read in a long while. No, not because there is a huge bias towards Mindy Kaling on my end, but because it wasn't too heavy and preachy or too light and all fluff. Kaling knows her audience and balances these things so well that makes "Why Not Me?" so perfect.
Without getting too spoilery here are some highlights that I enjoyed:
-What it is like to be in a sorority and finding out that it's not for you is not the most terrible thing, but at least you find out what you like and dislike about (also girls are bitches (that's my take-away but read for yourself)).And there's a lot of other things I enjoyed throughly.
-Find out Mindy's personal thinking for her own scenario of "Sliding Doors". Which has to be my most favorite part of the whole book. It contains a fictional email chain and a pleasant surprise ending.
-The inside track of what it really is like to be friends with B.J. Novak.
Though she also does give an explicit list of differences and similarities between her on screen persona of Mindy (who is my self-imposed alter ego too) and the real deal herself I enjoy both so much.
If you haven't read her first book which is all kinds of awesome back story of her I highly suggest reading it.