Day 2: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
If I could have but one wish this Christmas season, it would be for Mindy Kaling and I to have a fun and inventive bestie meet-cute and become a dynamic duo so clever and brilliant that even JLaw and Amy Schumer can't resist thinking about us in terms of #squadgoals. That's the thing about Mindy Kaling--she's so funny, so creative, and so damn relateable that you want to be her BFF.
And while it's highly improbable my Christmas wish will ever come true, at least I have her latest book, Why Not Me?, to ease the disappointment.
About the Book
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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.
Like her first offering, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Other Concerns, Why Not Me? has the potential to make you laugh out loud and also fight back tears with a sniffle and "No, I'm cool, bro." We get insight into what her life has been like since leaving The Office to create and run The Mindy Project, and we see how her life has changed.
Her brutal honesty packaged in glossy humor is particularly evident in passages that mirror her first book--like how she is similar to and different from Mindy on TV and a list of her fears--and show how much determination and hard work it takes to survive and thrive in the pursuit of living the dream.
There's also a chapter toward the end which is so fantastic--and so perfectly like a love letter to fans of chick lit and romantic comedies--that I would have been a happy reader if it had been the only contents in the book. I want to talk about it more, but I also don't want to spoil it if you haven't gotten around to reading this. (So please go and read this and then message me so we can talk about the scene. You'll know it when you get there.)
My future best friend Mindy Kaling didn't disappoint with this latest update on her life. I can't wait to read her next humorous memoir in a few more years.
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