This was a solid 3. Not bad, not great. I feel like I really loved her first book and this one fell flat and here's why:
1. I've read enough of these cThis was a solid 3. Not bad, not great. I feel like I really loved her first book and this one fell flat and here's why:
1. I've read enough of these celebrity memoirs to know that they all have a few chapters of fluff about life as a celebrity and all of that stuff. It's generally the worst part of the book... and this one LEADS with it. I almost didn't get through the first section because it was so superficial.
2. The first book was great because it said a lot about how she got where she was and her road to working on the office and beyond. I found that sooo interesting but of course she can't just retell that story. She did progress and talk about how she got her own show and what that's been like. I found that to be the most interesting part of the book again but it's only been a few years since that happened so there just wasn't a whole lot of that.
3. But the good parts! I loved her little made up email romance of her flip life. I feel like perhaps a better route for Mindy than another memoir would be to write some cheesy romance or YA fiction. She's obviously creative but at 35 there's just not a lot to fill two memoirs with.
4. Why Not Me? and of course the title chapter of the book was amazing too. It talked all about how she was able to get to where she is because of confidence and confidence is hard work and that it's important for us to continue to work hard and push women and minorities to be confident so taht there can be more of them in her shoes.
All in all I think the problem with this book is that she didn't have enough to write. At 220 pages, it was really short and about half of it felt like filler. It would have done better to either wait a few more years until she'd had more life experiences to write about or to just write a fiction book. In fact, I'd love to read a fiction book by Mindy... but we don't need a memoir every couple of years....more
This book was amazing. For a long-ish book during a super busy week in my life, I found it impossible to put down. I can't go too in depth with my revThis book was amazing. For a long-ish book during a super busy week in my life, I found it impossible to put down. I can't go too in depth with my review but here are my bullet point thoughts (mild spoilers):
*Pro and Con - is how imperfect the characters (except Levi - with 1 small exception he's perfect the whole time) are. There were so many times I wanted to slap Wren or Cath but it also made them more interesting - to have them not be perfect.
*I wish the ending was longer. For a 450 page book, I felt like it just ended. It was long and some parts were drawn out so it was weird to me that it was like "ok and thats a wrap". It felt really unfinished to me and it makes me sad that I'm seeing it more and more. I wasn't ready to put down these characters anyways and then to have the ending be so quick made me sad.
*I really hope there will be a sequel! I saw that there is a book for Carry On which is cool but I want to see more about how sophomore year goes. I think Cath will have a very different second year of college now that Carry On is finished. Will her and Wren have any more issues? How will Laura re-surface in her life? Will the Frankenbeans campaign drive their father crazy? How will Levi and Reagan continue to make everything more enjoyable?
*The last bullet point really reminded me how many things didn't feel tied up in the end. Sigh... please write a sequel. ...more