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Why Not Me?

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  63,468 Ratings  ·  5,226 Reviews
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 constantl ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Crown Archetype
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Ashley
Update 9/22/15: This isn't going to be my best review ever. Since last night I've been fighting exhaustion, and I think I might have a sinus infection, but I wanted to get this review done within 24 hours of finishing because I know that I will forget what I want to say about it if I wait any longer than that.

First, I liked this book more than her first one, although I do admit my memory of that one is a bit squidgy. From what I do remember, I thought it was incredibly readable and I loved her
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Lauren
Jan 04, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
IT'S HAPPENING!!!!
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Lindsey Rey
Sep 22, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing
Probably the most relatable memoir I've ever read!
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Chicago commercial photographers

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. I was really hoping I’d like this one more. I mean, Mindy and I have quite a bit in common and I thought we could possibly be kindred spirits. We both enjoy testing out new inventions . . .

Chicago commercial photographers
(Who says you can’t take alcohol in to youth sporting events? Amateurs!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Speaking of alcohol, we both abide by the policy that alcohol “when obtained, need[s] to be ingested quickly in case someone trie[s] to take it
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Madeline
Dec 16, 2015 Madeline rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I read Mindy Kaling's first memoir/essay collection Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) about four years ago, but I just realized that I never actually wrote a review for it - I also just realized that I never made a "memoir" shelf, so that's been corrected. I'll go back and write a review of Kaling's first book at some point, I promise.

The cliff notes version of my thoughts on Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is that I enjoyed it, but Kaling was very clearly being select
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Sophia
Jan 21, 2016 Sophia rated it really liked it
i love mindy kaling. i think she's the kind of awesome that can never be overrated. she's funny, she's relatable, she's empowering, and she feels so genuine. reading this book felt like having a nice, long heart-to-heart with her, filled with laughs and awkwardness and occasionally moving snippets and just a whole lot of fun. it also felt like reading a diary, and at some parts--especially when she delves into her own fears and concerns--i couldn't decide whether this read more like her thoughts ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
Sep 30, 2015 Shannon (leaninglights) rated it really liked it
You all know how much I love Mindy. I liked hearing about her next chapters post-Office life and also about her thoughts on BJ Novak! It was a really short book, but I still enjoyed it. I wanted to give it 5 stars (I actually did initially), but after thinking about it, I realized that I wasn't completely satisfied. The shortness of the book bothered me and it didn't feel complete. The parts that were there were AWESOME. I think I just wanted a bit more. Still totally worth a listen/read because ...more
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
YESSS I'll read anything she writes. Mindy is a gem. She is bright, humorous and very genuine. Her giving advice about everything from clothes to boys to careers, she is the role model young girls should look up to. I love her inspirational voice and humour and she still makes me laugh just by speaking, her voice is too cute. I listened to the audiobook and loved it. Her essays aren't as funny as the first book but this one is a little more serious which is also still as good.
Mason
Nov 20, 2015 Mason rated it it was amazing
Okay, I finished this right before I went to bed and spouted off a short, and only somewhat unintelligible review, so let's go into my partially refreshed mind.

With Kailing's previous book, Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I made the mistake of just reading the book and not listening to the audiobook. I've since corrected this mistake by listening to Felicia Day's memoir and realizing that it's really the way to go for memoirs if you want to truly enjoy the reading experience.

So this time
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Diane
Oct 11, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
Sweet, funny Mindy Kaling. Her delightful audiobook was the perfect prescription for a long and stressful week.

I had read Mindy's first book a few years ago and enjoyed it, but I think this second memoir was a little stronger. She wrote more about her career and how hard she works, she wrote about her good friends and family, and she wrote about the pressures she faces over her appearance. There are also some silly chapters, like about how she enjoys kissing guys on her show "The Mindy Project,"
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Lauren Danton
Sep 15, 2015 Lauren Danton rated it liked it
Alright, I'm going to take a deep breath and say it; I didn't love this book. I love Mindy. I do. I love her sense of humour, her style, the way she doesn't seem to give too much of a fuck about what other people think, and her ambition. This book just didn't fit into any of those reasons of why I love her. There was a bit too much of the I'm-so-famous-look-at-how-famous-I-am-now Mindy, and not enough of the I'm-making-it-in-Hollywood-but-I'm-still-a-big-dork Mindy that I loved so much in her fi ...more
Snotchocheez
Dec 30, 2015 Snotchocheez rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The announcement of another Mindy Kaling book, so soon after her 'meh' and shrug-eliciting Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? did not exactly set my mouth watering in anticipation. Though I thoroughly loved her (along with soup snake soulmate BJ Novak's) writing and acting for almost a decade of The Office episodes, her first book was (to me) a mishmash of banality, curiously lacking in the humor that made me love her so.

After reading Glenn's terrific, positive endorsement of Why Not
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Dana
Jan 22, 2016 Dana rated it it was ok
Unpopular Opinion Time

I think I'm more of a Mindy Lahiri fan than a Mindy Kaling one.

It's been awhile since I have finished a book and was left feeling so apathetic. I enjoy the Mindy Project and The Office, but I just don't find Mindy all that interesting to read about. I feel like I'm reading someones diary and not in a good way.

I think I chuckled once while reading this, but my main thought was often “how is this even worthy of a mention?” I normally don't mind rambly narratives, but this on
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Juhina
Sep 21, 2015 Juhina rated it it was amazing
I loved Mindy Kaling's first book Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). I also love Mindy Kaling's show The Mindy Project. I basically love anything Mindy Kaling does, with good reason, including her new book Why Not Me?. Honestly if Mindy Kaling is explaining to me how the REM cycle works, she'll find a way to turn it into the most fascinating, funny, and exciting thing ever. I love her humour and it translates really well in writing. I found myself laughing out loud countl ...more
Danny
Sep 20, 2015 Danny rated it it was amazing
“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you're succeeding. People do not get scared when you're failing. It calms them. But when you're winning, it makes them feel like they're losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should've tried to do something too, but now it's too late. And since they didn't, they want to stop you. You can't let them.”

I seriously love Mindy Kaling! her first book was amazing, and this one was just as amazing if not better. I caught myse
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Jamie-leigh Haughn
Feb 23, 2016 Jamie-leigh Haughn rated it really liked it
*4.5

Man I love Mindy!!

I listened to this book via Audible, that't the way to do it! Her books are fantastic audiobooks, Mindy has such a great story telling ability and her reading this book made it that much better! I enjoyed this book even more than her first one! there was only one section that I didn't like, it was a series of emails and I found it to be a bit repetitive and boring! Other than that, this book was FABULOUS, just like Mindy herself :)
Liza
Mar 22, 2016 Liza rated it really liked it
I love Mindy so much! She is such an inspiration to women of any age! I honestly can't decide which book of hers I like more since they are both so spectacular. I love her show The Mindy Project, and am so happy that she went further into detail about the process, the characters, and the development. This book definitely revolved more around relationships as a topic, which was actually really well done. It wasn't heavy, it didn't go on and on with no end in sight, and it wasn't difficult or unco ...more
Emer (ALittleHaze)
May 26, 2016 Emer (ALittleHaze) rated it liked it
Shelves: 3stars, it-amuses-me
“I had finally done it. I had created a show. Not for Must-See TV, home of Cheers and Friends. But for Fox, home of Married … with Children and Joe Millionaire. You never quite get everything you want the way you want it. But here I was, a showrunner and TV star, so who cared? Nothing bad would happen to me now. The end!
NOT SO FAST, BIG SHOT”



‘Why Not Me?’ is Mindy Kaling’s second foray into the world of memoir writing and it again is another funny collection of anecdotes, speeches, general mus
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Elizabeth
Jan 07, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I love Mindy! Such hilarious insights to the world we live in, and knows how to make me laugh. Listening to the audiobook was like sitting a room with a good friend, swapping hilarious stories about life, jobs, food. Oh man, now I'm hungry... But seriously, this book was everything I needed. Audiobooks read by the author, especially when the author is very entertaining, is the way to go!


I received the audiobook for review from the publisher.
☆☽Erica☾☆
Mar 03, 2016 ☆☽Erica☾☆ rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-and-funny, humor, 2016
Very sweet and funny. Felt very intimate- like she was telling all these things to me personally. I enjoyed it. :)
Glenn Sumi
Nov 01, 2015 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I liked Kaling’s first collection of essays, but felt she hadn’t experienced enough to warrant a book-length memoir. And at times it seemed like she was hiding behind her jokes. After all, the key to good writing – comic or otherwise – is honesty and truth.

What a difference a few years makes. Why Not Me? is a much more insightful, honest and funny collection, and Kaling has emerged as a strong writer and a fierce and confident role model in an industry full of size zero Barbie-like clones.

Admitt
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Rincey
Sep 19, 2015 Rincey rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-author, 2015
Listened to this one on audiobook.

I say this about every celebrity memoir, but I think that my reaction to any celebrity memoir is basically how I feel about that celebrity in general. In the case of Mindy Kaling, I have a 70/30 love-disinterest ratio going on with her and that is basically how I felt about the book.
Patty  (BookishWanderlove)
Source: Library
kayla**
I want this book so badly. Mindy Kaling is perfection. And even though she never tweets me back, I continue to love her. I just need some Mindy Project details. That's all. Just more Mindy. Always.


Amazing. I love her. Was a perfect light, inspirational read.
Jessica
Nov 23, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
Oh, MINDY! Why are we not BFFs?

I love her. I love her insecurities, and lack of insecurity, if that makes sense. I love her in-your-face personality and the way she tells a story. I applaud her love of food, and her fierce loyalty to her family and friends.

This book dealt a lot with how she is perceived in Hollywood (body type, skin color) and how she deals with it (and basically just, doesn't give a @#$% any more). I really loved that, and think it's an important read for women, and frankly,
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Jennifer
Dec 27, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Mindy Kaling is one of the smartest, funniest, and most honest people working in entertainment today. This book is a series of hilarious essays/thoughts on different topics, and it was just what the doctor ordered after a stressful month. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I had several laugh out loud moments and read it in just a couple of sittings. Highly recommended if you enjoy Kaling's humor.
Gail
Sep 23, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing
A three-act narrative review of Mindy's new book:

Act One, wherein Gail cannot stop giggling:

Diving back into a book written by Mindy (after reading her first book of essays back in '11) felt like picking up an inner monologue with an old friend. Maybe it's because I'm obsessed with her show, but I could "hear" Mindy reading these stories to me and it was such a pleasant reading experience for that reason alone. When I got to the chapter on things her friends should bring to her dinner party, I
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Sarah SE
Sep 07, 2015 Sarah SE rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
This book is very much Mindy Kaling: it's more personal than her last book (which I loved), and it's more mature, wiser. It's also as funny as she is; the first chapter alone, in which she reveals her beauty secrets, had me doing that weird laugh wheeze (the laugh that you do when you're reading in public and you don't want to make a scene but you also can't NOT laugh-out-loud). Did I love every single chapter? No, but I love her, and I love her message: feel entitled to your dreams, but work ha ...more
Mariah
May 18, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it
I really enjoyed a lot of this book. I would have given it 4 stars but there were 2 parts that really seemed to drag on and brought the book down. The first one was her fantasy life. Where she was a teacher and had a huge email chain with a ton of teachers. The other was her speech at the Harvard Law graduation.

However, I enjoyed this book on CD so much that I requested her other book from the library and will be listening to that :)

P.s. I love her!
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Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom "The Mindy Project", and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show
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“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.” 121 likes
“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you're succeeding. People do not get scared when you're failing. It calms them. But when you're winning, it makes them feel like they're losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should've tried to do something too, but now it's too late. And since they didn't, they want to stop you. You can't let them.” 116 likes
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