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Book Review: Why Not Me?


Why Not Me
By Mindy Kaling

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?, Ealing 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 ever or, most importantly believing you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. 

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlets 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 blond.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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 they’re walking clavicles or so huge their only scenes invlolve 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 have to say before being given a copy of Why Not Me to read / review I didn’t know much about Mindy Kaling. I knew she had a tv show and a pretty good sense of style… and that was it. However I have to say now I love her. Her essays are funny, down to earth and inspiring. If you like A Robertson Family Christmas or Going off Script Why Not Me will be another favorite. 


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