Why Not Me? (Hardcover)
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I kind of feel like enduring isn’t the right word here—more like awe-inspiring. Not every one will have the same career path or experiences that she has had, but in my opinion she has this great, inviting and honest ways of connecting with people. Her funny stories and unforgiving antidotes will keep you sticking around to listen to how she defines her crazy/weird “soup-snakes” relationship with B. J. Novak, the things she learned about getting her show picked-up and it’s transfer to Hulu, the inspiration behind the show and the character and about the time she decided to “rush” in college.
Need I forget, the all too brief tale about her on-again, off-again relationship with a secrete service officer, Will. Or the detailed and very funny alternate universe story she shares about her life if she had not moved out to L.A. over ten years ago. I think it’s funny that Mindy often describes her voice and the way that she speaks as a sort of screeching, when in all honestly, it comes across as a light and feathery—if that makes any sense. I mean, I watch The Mindy Project and I’ve seen Mindy’s character be “angry” or “pissed off” but she never sounds scary or unnerve-wrackingly aggressive or intimidating.
Reading this book, watching her show or catching her in an interview, Mindy’s tonality and personality just proves that when *cough* if I become a famous TV writer, she and I will be besties. I can feel it, guys. I can tell it’ll happen. And no, you can have a say on the matter because it’s already written in the stars of my future fame filled life.
Where was?…Oh, right, the review :) to summarize, once again, I adore Mindy and her inviting, quirky, and honest personality. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves Mindy, wants a non-invasive, easy, enjoyable and funny book to enjoy
Can I start out by saying how beautiful the hardcover edition of this book is? I was seriously impressed when I opened my box from Penguin Random House. It is high quality. I am a sucker for that gold trim. The cutest part about the whole book is the end pages (the pages at the beginning or the book and the end of the book with designs on them?) The pattern is adorable and even that has a bit of that golden hint. I love the way the book is set up. There are different parts to the book each with unique essays and sub-essays. The photos through on the book are great details. The look of this book is a book lovers dream.
Let me get on to the good stuff, the insides. I liked this book from the very start. She dives right into a part called “For the Ladies” which features beauty advice, sorority life, party ideas and more. The second part of the book entitled “Take This Job and Love It” fell short for me. While it was interesting to know how her thoughts on creating her own television show (The Mindy Project), I found it somewhat boring. I loved the essay called “I Love S*x Scenes!” however. In another part of the book she talks about love and dating. Perhaps my favorite part of the book is in this section, an essay called “A Perfect Courtship in My Alternative Life”. I actually really liked this story through email correspondence and would have liked more. I would read a entire book based of that story alone!
In the end I got a very similar feeling from Why not Me? As I did from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I went in with high, high hopes but was perhaps a little disappointed that I didn’t love the whole book. There are some really great parts but there are also some flat ones.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
I was unable to relate to Mindy Kaling in the way I was with Lauren Graham or Anna Kendrick. Her story was interesting, and you can definitely see her sense of humor in this book, but it wasn't as great as I had hoped it to be.
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