Why Not Me
Author: Mindy Kaling
Release Date: 15 September 2015
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Genre: Humor, Autobiography, Memoir
Source: A copy from the Publisher for the Blog Tour
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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.
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Mindy Kaling lives in rural New Hampshire and does not own a TV.
* A review copy was sent to me by Penguin Random House International on the sole purpose of the Global Blog Tour. All opinions are mine and receiving a copy did not affect my review.
I warn you. This is basically the first time that I have read a Mindy Kaling book and it's actually super funny. I love how she functions and how just words and her humor works hand in hand. This sweet, delightful book of hers will definitely put you on edge because of all the humors she shares. I will one-hundred percent recommend this book to all the ladies and gents after a stressful week.
Before the book even got here, I checked the book info on GR because I was an innocent reader and I haven't read any autobiographies/memoirs before. In the midst of reading the book, I found myself relating and laughing because she speaks of truth/facts. I kept on reading because I was more curious of the direction she's taking, and of course hungry for more relatable girl stuff that she shares throughout the book. Plus the captions and images included are stellar, especially her photoshoots. You ought to love them all.
Another thing that captured me were the email exchanges, chats, Facebook updates and text messages she included under A Perfect Courtship in my Alternate life which is actually fictional. It was funny and desperate just to get a party started. I love every single word of it. Everything was amusing and interesting and I never got bored reading it because every turn of the page is yet another funny exclamation. This fictional part was actually one of my favorite parts. Too bad it just ended there. *sigh*
Oh, oh! There's also this part under Player, where she meets this girl Greta after she gets dumped by Nate. That specific part was oh-so-slap-in-the-cheek super relatable! Gosh, being left not once but twice was a stab in the heart. This was the part of this book that also broke me (though before I got there, I was constantly laughing). There are a lot of things (self-realizations) that came across my mind that told me 'hey, maybe, what she did was intentional, you know? Her only way to being famous (NOT!)' -things like that. I was super messed up (with all the laughing and heartbreaks!).
Deciding to read and review this book may be one of the best haste decisions I have ever made. It did not disappoint and I enjoyed reading everything Mindy spills. The more she shares, the harder I laugh. It is a constant process throughout the whole book. Can anyone hold me while I try to re-read and laugh out loud more?
Why Not Me? Global Blog Tour
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