Not Mindy Kaling's fault, but I am getting rather sick of the memoir. It's like facebook - only reveals what the author wants you to see and I just alNot Mindy Kaling's fault, but I am getting rather sick of the memoir. It's like facebook - only reveals what the author wants you to see and I just always feel it lacks realism. My favorite chapter of this book wasn't even about Mindy Kaling, but rather alternate reality Mindy who is a Latin teacher at a private school. That had me laughing which makes sense since Kaling is a very funny woman but it's hard to be funny about your own life without sounding overly cute and annoying. ...more
This book made me want to know what really happened in many of the stories that are told. Everything comes across as very one sided and complimentaryThis book made me want to know what really happened in many of the stories that are told. Everything comes across as very one sided and complimentary to her and the administration, and I would have preferred a more accurate telling. Obviously, this isn't the platform for that kind of honesty. However, she could have been a little less with the high fives for herself. I can't think of a single thing in this book that would point to a flaw she has, or any insightful analysis about herself. Those are the things that make someone human and contribute to a great memoir. So it's a mediocre "memoir" because really it's her application for why she should be president regardless of what she says at the end. Every single sentence was extremely calculated.
That said, there is a lot of good information about other countries, America's role in diplomacy, how the State Department works, and events that were going on in the world that completely escaped the mainstream news. She is clearly a very knowledgeable and smart woman. Her accomplishments are worthy of immense praise. She just isn't the best person to be slapping her own back about it. She comes off as kinda unlikable at times. It's so awkward reading her talk about pictures of herself going viral, or people quoting her speeches. Perhaps if she was more candid and truthful in this memoir, it would have come across less like she was bragging and more like a quirky part of her life. ...more
A really quick, easy read that is slightly less self indulgent than the typical addiction/recovery memoir - probably because it's written mostly by aA really quick, easy read that is slightly less self indulgent than the typical addiction/recovery memoir - probably because it's written mostly by a third party, but only slightly because it is also "approved" by Navarro.
The concept of documenting a year in his life through a photo booth in his home was really intriguing and I found the early retelling of conversations and Dave's essays both sad but also interesting. Unfortunately for the book and the documentary project it devolves into a lesson learned and the documenting pretty much stops about halfway through the year. The book ends with a tacked on retelling of meeting Carmen Elektra and how he was completely wrong about love. I wish the book had ended at the natural point, which was a year after the project started. After that point the book is really self indulgent and is less about documenting life and more about trying to convince us he's not a bad person, which I don't think he is a bad person, but if I did think that the epilogue to this book wouldn't change my mind. ...more
This is one of those books that has a fantastic and fascinating blurb on the back cover, but when you actually read the book you realize the blurb isThis is one of those books that has a fantastic and fascinating blurb on the back cover, but when you actually read the book you realize the blurb is ten times better than the book.
Putting aside the fact that the story is so unbelievable (not that these things happen but that they all happened to the same person with very few legal or medical consequences, at least that she shared), it's a poorly written and structured story. Her style is to just tell you what happened to her. There doesn't appear to have been any thought put into what events in her life to focus on. Instead it's a rather dry, repetitive recitation of the horrible events of her life and continuous drug use most of which add nothing to the story except to give the sense that she thinks her past of drug abuse and crime is kind of cool. ...more
This book was obviously written because Sweetin needs the money, which in of itself is not bad, but she also has nothing of interest to say and what sThis book was obviously written because Sweetin needs the money, which in of itself is not bad, but she also has nothing of interest to say and what she does say is done in a rather mundane, uninteresting way. The book recounts the story of her drug/alcohol problems, but it lacks depth and insight into those issues. The book is clearly written to show the author in a particular way to garner a particular public image for herself, but I have a feeling the truth is further away from what the book proclaims. There are far too many good drug memoirs to be bothered with this rather fluffy one. ...more