Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling is a memoir which is a collection of essays about her life, career, and experiences. This book has been on my shelf for years but I wasn’t really familiar with Mindy Kaling so I didn’t read it. Recently, I watched the series The Mindy Project and loved it. So, now that I was familiar with her work I thought I’ll read her memoir.
This collection of non-fiction essays about life is a clever and interesting way to write. The way it has been written, and the format were new to me and in a way it makes the writing stand out even more. The essays are fun, witty, and surprisingly relatable. It starts with awkward childhood stories and then navigates through college life making its way towards career and personal life. Mindy Kaling’s experiences are relatable which I didn’t expect to be honest but it was a pleasant surprise.
She doesn’t care how she will be perceived by others, she mentions that in the book too which made the stories or essays authentic because there was no sugar coating. The way she freely talked about drifting apart from people you thought would be a part of your life forever but it doesn’t happen or how she looked for friendships in wrong places and people and disappointments about her career. Her awkward behavior around people is amusing and funny especially around famous people as she says that she is socially anxious. As a person who doesn’t know how or what to say in social situations, I could completely relate to her.
Mindy Kaling doesn’t hold back about her insecurities or vulnerabilities throughout the book may it be about herself or her career. She candidly talks about life in the public eye and how celebrities are expected to carry themselves at all times. The constant comparison with others for example – articles like who were this better? She tries to subtly emphasize the point that all celebrities are regular people too and at times that is forgotten when they are held to a different standard.
The title of the book itself has a deeper meaning which didn’t even cross my mind as I was reading it. Why Not Me? The title of the book refers to the constant question she is asked how come you are so confident? This question she felt implied that you have so little to be confident about then where does t come from? Mindy Kaling explains how confidence is about entitlement, about believing what you deserve.
I don’t usually read non-fiction books, especially memoirs or biographies but I am glad I read this one. It is honest, relatable and so witty. The way it is written, divided into different parts of her life and experiences makes it more interesting. The book is funny and it is deeper than one would expect it to be, it has a good message. I enjoyed reading this book.
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I loved this book! And I’m carrying Mindy’s why not me? confidence with me. Great review.
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Thank you 😊