Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Saturday, November 26
My rating:

3 Stars… and 1/2

What I loved:

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 "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model.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.


What I loved:
You know - if I hadn't read this on the back of what turned out to be one of my favourite memoirs of all time, I think I'd have rated it a 5.
Mindy Kaling is funny as shit, and I liked her warts-n-all approach to this book. It was fun to read, and entertaining, and insightful. I also really loved getting an insider look at her career. That was super fun.

What I didn’t love:
Nope - great book! I just timed it wrong, so I think I was constantly wishing I was reading the one before it.

The part about Carson Daly cracked me up.

Quote…He seems to have this impossible schedule and still manages to be a funny and down-to-earth guy. Which means he is either a rare and wonderful person, or he is twins who live on opposite coasts and have committed their lives to this low-stakes and marvelous hoax.
I like either explanation.
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