Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Why Not Me? - Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me?
Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publication Date: 9/15/15
Pages: 228
Genre: Chick Lit / Memoir / Nonfiction
How I Found It: I read Kaling's first book
Date Completed: 4/24/16

Summary: Much like her first memoir, Kaling chats about life, love, and her career in front of and behind the camera.

What I Thought: Kaling is so relatable and that makes her books so fun to read. She does a great job breaking down the glimmer of the Hollywood lifestyle and showing that she, at least, is a very real person with very normal habits and emotions. She just gets to go to award shows sometimes and stars in a hit television series. No big deal.

The book is funny and thoughtful. Kaling is clearly becoming more comfortable with herself as she grows older, as most of us do. She talks a lot about what it's like to be a woman in the entertainment industry, particularly in comedy. This, specifically, is an area in which she seems to have gained confidence. One of my favorite lines was, "And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don't hate themselves. So that's why you need to be a little bit brave." Any woman who has pushed back against the patriarchal expectations of our culture even a little can see some truth in that statement. 

There is nothing ground breaking here, but the book is enjoyable and entertaining. It's a fun read and an easy one. 

Quote I Loved: "Asking your friend to be a bridesmaid is one of the modern paradoxes: no one actually wants to do it, buy everyone would be offended if you didn't ask."

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Will I Re-Read: Maybe
If You Liked This, Try: Let's Pretend This Never Happened / Bossypants (Tina Fey) / Yes Please (Amy Poehler)
Other Books By Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

A Reduced Review: Funny and entertaining, Kaling's second book falls in line with her first.

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