Billed as a “second coming-of-age story” Mindy’s new book takes us through her years after The Office and explores life while she runs her own TV show. We get a day-in-the-life feature, explanation of her strange relationship with BJ Novak, a fictional peak into her life had she not become a Hollywood star, and plenty of advice.
Mindy is a charming writer with the ability to draw readers in with her normal girl thoughts and outlandish statements. However, I just didn’t connect with Why Not Me? as much as I did with Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). That’s not to say that I didn’t love this book, but I don’t feel like it lived up to the high standards set by Mindy’s first book. I enjoyed the stories she shared, such as the time she pledged a sorority and her run in with an instant best friend who dumped her, but the stories didn’t flow together and often felt disjointed. They fit together under the heading of friendship stories, but almost felt like she picked the only stories she could think of and threw them together.
I did find it hard to put this book down, despite these problems, and finished the (rather short) book within a few hours. Her back and forth with a White House staffer kept me flying through the pages and the fictionalized saga of her would-be life as a high school Latin teacher made me grin like a doofus on the bus.
Mindy offers solid advice, especially for young girls/women who are less privileged and have to work harder to get what they want. The section where she discussed confidence really hit home and, as cheesy as this may sound, was rather inspiring. Mindy is the kind of writer that makes you feel like you can do anything as long as she is in your corner.
All in all, I just wanted more. Mindy is a busy woman and I know this book was a major effort to produce, but I wanted it to be so much more. More stories. More flow. More Mindy. I’d solidly recommend this book, but would suggest her first book as an accurate representation of her skills as a writer and comedian.
Recommended for those who…
Are fans of The Office or The Mindy Project
Are pop-culture junkies
Love funny-girl memoirs
“Playful arguments would become fits of uncontrollable laughter, and, like magic, that experience would be crystallized into a private joke, and the private joke would get boiled down to a simple phrase, which became a souvenir of the entire experience. For years to come, the phrase alone could uncork hours of renewed laughter. And as everyone knows, the best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.”
If you liked Why Not Me? you may like:
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Have you read andy of Mindy’s books? Any other memoirs you would recommend? I’m always looking for new life stories to get sucked in to!