A memoir of a girl who acts like a complete whore (regardless of her occupation) but gets offended when someone calls her a whore. Nuff said. DetailedA memoir of a girl who acts like a complete whore (regardless of her occupation) but gets offended when someone calls her a whore. Nuff said. Detailed review later....more
I have always been indifferent about Mindy Kaling and have only watched her on The Office. I decided to read this book tho because I am aware of how mI have always been indifferent about Mindy Kaling and have only watched her on The Office. I decided to read this book tho because I am aware of how much people rave about her and how funny this book is.
After reading this book, I still don’t care about Mindy, but my perception on her leans more towards dislike now. She is a good person undoubtedly with many wonderful traits, but she boasts so much throughout the book about how she is oh so hard working and how she has “the best job in the world” and what not. Fine, I get it, you are a celebrity and it’s not an easy life, but the smugness and the “look at me I am a famous celebrity” notion was consistently peppered throughout. I also could not stand her saying over and over how she is one of the most relatable and “real” celebrities out there and thus, more hard working and better than the average "white". She talks about how she has been discriminated a lot in the industry but to be honest, I think most of her colleagues or partners have been more accommodating towards her for this exact reason.
Sometimes Mindy has double standards and can be very judgmental like:
“models who thought they were “hot and interesting.” It was like the brief-cases were fooling people into thinking all these models were not human display cases but in fact accomplished business women.”
She talks about how she is a “real” woman with curves and fat and how life is a constant struggle for her because of her appearance and that she made it in the industry with her wit and personality. Then why does she think that models who appear on game shows are given brief cases so that they appear smarter than they actually are? Has it occurred to her that maintaining a model body is just as much hard work as it is for her to remain size 10? -.- Or that models are not air-heads? At another point, she said that she felt insulted by being included in a list of "curvy actresses," because everyone else on the list was a- in her words, "porker." She has this ability to brag about herself in a sugar-coated way so it appears modest but is not. Furthermore, the book wasn’t funny. The writing style was as if a friend is talking to you casually and animatedly but funny? Not really. I thought Mindy was downright obnoxious at many parts. I don’t buy Mindy’s act. In many of her stories I actually rolled my eyes at how she always acts so dumb, doesn’t comply to proper etiquette and is a loud-mouth in situations where she shouldn’t be. It’s cool that she is an extrovert and chatters animatedly but her acting ditsy like some character from a sitcom gets annoying. She is a pretty well-known celebrity so obviously she gets away with such antics. Know what I mean? All this may seem relatable to some of her readers because we all face situations where we put our foot in our mouth. But her dumbness is just so exaggerated!
I will point out the positives of this book too. I liked reading about her relation with BJ Novak because I liked them on The Office. Although she does it haughtily, Mindy does motivate the reader to pursue their dreams and that if she can do it, then anyone can. Lastly, like I said, the writing style is like someone is speaking directly to you. So when she talks about breaking ties with a best friend or stalking her crush on facebook, it sounds like personal and that at the end of the day, she is an ordinary person like the rest of us.
I don't know exactly what I was expecting from this book but I wanted something more than a shallow collection of stories about all the privileges of being successful in Hollywood.
EDIT: I came across this passage from her book once again and this just made me angry all over again at her huge ego. Also, changing my rating to a 1 star.
“You’re probably thinking: Mindy Kaling? Why’d they ask her? What does that triple threat know about the law? Sure, she’s gorgeous in a totally down-to-earth kind of way. She’s just a pretty Hollywood starlet. Yes, she was on People magazine’s Most Beautiful People List this year (and also in 2008), but what intelligent remarks could she make about the law? She must be too busy doing shampoo commercials...more
This book is probably the best one out there about high school.
In my opinion this story covers pretty much everything about high school; friends, th This book is probably the best one out there about high school.
In my opinion this story covers pretty much everything about high school; friends, things that make friends drift apart, drugs, boys, classes and studies (something which is hardly written about in most high school stories) events, parents etc. This book is slow. Very slow. Which is probably because it is so accurate showing high school life that i felt that it was a bit dragged. You know like in stories one or two problems are focused on but then things like studies or events are ignored. The reader feels like he/she is reading a diary, because the story doesn't have only the important issues, it focuses on all the boring things as well. For some reason i still could not get into the story or feel any link or fondness for any of the characters. It took me a good two weeks to finish this book because i did not feel gripped by the story. Finishing it was a chore. Plus, like i said, because i felt it was a little dragged, i gave this book an average rating.
So bottom line, it was a good book and a very accurate portrayal of high school life but it wasn't something jaw dropping. Quite honestly i don't understand why people are raving so much about this book. ...more
Woah! This book was fantastic!! Loved it! I read the summary of this book and wasn't sure if it was really worth the hype. A lot of books rated 4 andWoah! This book was fantastic!! Loved it! I read the summary of this book and wasn't sure if it was really worth the hype. A lot of books rated 4 and above have been a huge disappointment (for me at least) and the story line for Delirium didn't sound that impressive. I mean come on, a story on the subject of love and how it changes people and how love is the cure to everything? Pretty cliche right?
WRONG! Delirium was nothing like what i was expecting. It didn't show love as being the answer to everything but rather showed the importance of having love in our lives and how it affects human behavior.
Without giving too much of the story away, the story takes place in the future; a time where love is considered a disease and a law has been established that every single person will be "cured" at the age of 18 and love will be removed from their systems. There are strict rules set for people who are not cured and their interactions are limited. The main protagonist of the story, Lena, is about to get cured in a few weeks and during that period, she falls in love with Alex, a rebel (or invalid, as they are called in the story)
The story is not just limited to Lena and Alex, there is a side story of Lena's mother and how she fell in love and committed suicide after she was being forcefully cured. Alex has his own history, and then there is Hana, Lena's friend, who is tired of all the rules and regulations and wants to enjoy life but at the same time, she does not want to go against the system.
The story dragged at a few parts and there were many unnecessary descriptions given for everything, but the most beautiful parts were when the feeling of love was described and how a person like Lena, who has never felt love, is suddenly introduced to all these new emotions and how they take over her. Onto the next book! YAY! WHEN LOVE TAKES OVERRRR YEAH YEAH!!