Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Rating: 4/5 stars Why Not Me.jpg

Pages: 228

Series: N/A

Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor


Talking about looks isn’t important. It’s just supposed to be fun.

This book has little gems like this hidden throughout its pages. Little sentences or sayings that help put things in perspective just a little bit. Worried about not having a personal tailor? Not a problem. You need to work hard to live up to your potential? Please, go right ahead and do it. Don’t coast along just because you can.

I have to admit, I find it difficult to fairly rate nonfiction tales or biographies of any kind. However, I definitely enjoyed my read through of this story enough to rate it the way that I did.

Overall, I think this is a good book to pick up if you’re interested to see a unique take on fame and celebrity status. While Kaling makes it clear she only expects females to pick up this book, anyone could pull something out of these pages. Whether you need that assurance that not everyone on TV has such thick, luscious locks or you’re interested to see how this comedian made it, why not pick up Why Not Me? and give it a try?

*Spoilers ahead*

What’s so wrong with effort, anyway? It means you care. 

It was refreshing to read a (minor) famous person’s autobiography, to see how Kaling views her life – both past and present. This tale showed how down to earth she can be but also how much effort she puts into herself as a person. It was obvious through reading Why Not Me? that Kaling has worked hard to get to where she is and continues to do so.

I enjoyed the way that Kaling tells her “insider scoop” into what she believes makes Hollywood… well, Hollywood. The insider secrets that don’t get advertised and the little white lies that are told by everyone to keep the regular person guessing and striving for “perfection”.

I enjoyed the way that Kaling sprinkled in her own person experiences. She didn’t give a play-by-play of her life, but touched on the important bits. The ones that are geared towards helping the reader understand Kaling as a person and not just a (minor) celebrity.

It was interesting to see the way that Kaling presents herself in writing and being able to compare this to the way that she presents herself in interviews and at various events. Between the two mediums – the written word and her real life appearances – I have to believe that Kaling is someone who really does care about her image. I don’t mean this in a self-serving way. Rather, I mean that Kaling understands that people are watching her so she wants to be the best role model she possibly can be. That doesn’t mean she’s going to be perfect – everyone slips up from time to time. It just means that she’s going to be the best her she can be.

Because, why not?

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