Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Posted October 16, 2016 by love2dazzle in Non-Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Why Not Me? by Mindy KalingWhy Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Published by Three Rivers Press on September 27th 2016
Pages: 240
Source: Blogging for Books
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From the author of the beloved
New York Times
bestselling book
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
and the creator and star of
The Mindy Project
comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.
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 "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model.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.

I didn’t read Mindy Kaling’s first book. Her second book “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling is really good. This memoir is funny but also a bit lacking. This memoir focuses on what has changed the last three years with Kaling getting her own tv show.

I am proud that Kaling shares that making people like her is no longer her main focus. More people need to lose the focus of trying to make people like them. I think Kaling does a great job making this point know. Kaling adds a lot of humor to her book, but it is the extremely personal parts that sold me as a reader.

Kaling covers issues like her public image, her body image, her self-esteem, and she shares many of her flaws. I haven’t been this interested in a memoir for awhile I really liked. This is a fantastic memoir. I am looking forward to seeing what else Mindy Kaling has to offer for her readers.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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