Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling

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“Who is the beauty icon that inspires you the most? Is it Sophia Loren? Audrey Hepburn? Halle Berry? Mine is Nosferatu, because that vampire taught me my number-one and number-two favorite beauty tricks of all time: avoid the sun at all costs and always try to appear shrouded in shadows.”

I read Mindy Kaling’s first book a couple of Bookstravaganzas ago.  Even though it wasn’t published that long ago, Why Not Me shows some maturation on Mindy’s part – while it’s still hilarious, it’s a bit more grown up, and felt a bit less entitled and whiny (though I loved the first one – maybe I was more entitled and whiny back then too).

Mindy touches on everything from beauty “secrets” in the world of Hollywood to what it’s like running her own show (The Mindy Project) to the trouble with best friends.  While I do not run my own television show, I appreciated how hard Mindy works to keep her life under control.  A lot of people dislike her (because they think she’s entitled and in love with herself) but she has learned to deal.

It sort of touches to a big point that the first book I read for Bookstravaganza this year, We Should All Be Feminists, touches on.  Girls are taught from a very young age that they should always strive to be liked by everyone, so when we learn we are not liked, we are socialized to “overcompensate” so that we continue to be liked.  Truth is, and Mindy knows this, is no one has to like you, and not everyone will like you.

 This was a thoroughly entertaining read.  I’d recommend giving it as a gift to someone who maybe needs to take a step back and look at how great they have things, or that someone who shouldn’t worry so much about what other people think.  Or your gay BFF, as per Mindy’s suggestion.

Books read: 11

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