Mindy Kaling Shines in Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling has another hit on her hands with Why Not Me?. Mindy has become even more well-known (and well-liked) since her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and it allows her to maintain her role as the celebrity that a lot of girls and women (myself included!) can identify with and see as one of their best friends.

Mindy Kaling’s essays in Why Not Me? will appeal to a wide range of people. There are plenty of behind-the-scene moments in her career (from a day in the life on The Mindy Project set to dishing out slightly more adult tidbits about her love of filming sex scenes); there are Hollywood beauty/fashion tips and secrets; there are awards shows; there are trips to the White House; there are insights she’s gleaned from her relationships with various men in her life; and there is even a mini-rom-com of the non-Hollywood version of her life. There are also several essays on friendship—real, solid, best friend-type friendships as well as the fleeting friendships that happen throughout your life. Everything is infused with tell-it-like-it-is attitude, humor, and poignancy. That combination is evident throughout Why Not Me? A particularly wonderful example of this is in one of the earlier essays in the book:

“I think that’s the lesson of this story: you never know what is going to happen. Other lessons:

  • Self-pity gets results
  • Austin Mahone has a bright future as a singer and youth-brand spokesperson
  • If you believe in yourself and work hard, your dreams will come true
  • Well…I guess the people who work hard whose dreams don’t come true don’t get to write books about it, so we never really find out what happens to them. So…
  • If you believe in yourself and work hard, you have a fighting shot at having your dreams come true.”

Overall, Mindy’s ability to mix hard-earned, solid advice with pop-culture sensibilities is a winner! Pick up a copy and see for yourself…and, since you’ll be able to hear Mindy’s voice in your head while you read it, pick up the audiobook. Her funny, accessible voice makes the audiobook one of those that you can listen to over and over.
Check out this excerpt from Why Not Me?

For even more Mindy:

See her in the studio recording the audiobook.

Check out the Why Not Me? book trailer.

Visit her website.