Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

<a href=”; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Why Not Me?” src=”; /></a><a href=””>Why Not Me?</a> by <a href=””>Mindy Kaling</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I’m going to start this review in a similar strain to the beginning of my <a href=”; title=”Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling” rel=”nofollow”>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</a> review: I love Mindy Kaling. She speaks to my heart. She’s funny, she’s smart, she’s someone that people can really admire. She’s not afraid to put herself out there, from working on <i>The Office</i> to creating and producing her own show to going out and doing photo shoots. As someone who is afraid of being photographed, I always admire people who can do it for a living. There is a reason why when I get a book published my photo is going to be the anonymous face from Facebook. <br /><br />Mindy’s like the big sister to my big sister. You know the one that you always secretly wish was closer to you but instead exists in a completely different social sphere? Like she’s in high school and you’re still in elementary school? Or you’re just a nobody from Pittsburgh and she’s a famous actress in LA? In my review of her last book, I made the offer that if she ever came to Pittsburgh, we should totally hang out. That offer still stands. I don’t know where all the cool kids hang out, but that’s what Google is for anyway. I’m sure Siri will find us something entertaining to do. <br /><br />While I loved <a href=”; title=”Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling” rel=”nofollow”>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</a>, <a href=”; title=”Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling” rel=”nofollow”>Why Not Me?</a> is an improvement. While the last book had complaints about a lack of a unifying theme, the theme to this book lies in the title. Why not me? It’s a question that we should all ask ourselves at some point during our lives, as this self reflection can lead to great things. As she points out in the last chapter, women are expected not to have confidence. I have confidence issues, but Mindy has given me advice on how to be the greatest person I can be. This book has been almost as helpful for my self-esteem as <a href=”; title=”Darren Hardy” rel=”nofollow”>Darren Hardy</a>’s daily mentoring. I don’t want to spoil it for you, because you really need to read the full book to really experience the lesson. There are a number of great parts in here that point to living a more confident life. From looking like a movie star, to handling social rejection, to love that never quite lives up to an active imagination, Mindy teaches us by example how to handle everything with grace and style.<br /><br />A perfect blend of wit and good advice, Mindy Kaling’s <i>Why Not Me?</i> is a perfect addition to any collection. <br /><br />You can check out my review of Mindy Kaling’s freshman book <a href=”; rel=”nofollow”>here</a>.
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Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Mindy Kaling, and I always wondered why because while Kelly is entertaining, she and I have nothing in common. After reading this book, I’ve discovered Mindy is in reality a girl after my own heart, only Indian and a lot more popular. Oh, she’s also funnier than I could ever hope to be. My humor always, always falls flat when it comes to the written word. In fact, people have a tendency to think I’m being stupid or downright mean when I try to translate to written humor. I could probably learn a lot from her when it comes to wading the murky waters of the social media scene. According to a recent magazine article, so could Steve Carell.

So, this isn’t the best book in the world, and it’s not even the funniest, but I would still give it five stars every time. It makes you feel like Mindy is your best friend, going on a long road trip with you and telling you all these stories. I’ve seen complaints about the lack of a unified theme in this book, which is true. It’s also true of other celebrity books I’ve read. This book reads more like a series of blog entries. Does she have a blog? Because if she does, I feel like I should be reading it.

This book made me feel connected to her in a way I don’t normally get to feel with other television actors. There was a great story towards the end where she was talking about a photoshoot she did for Time. When she got there, the stylist had brought all size zero sample dresses, and Mindy is not a size zero. The only thing that was remotely close was an ugly navy blue shawl thingy. So, she went and had a little cry in the bathroom, balled up, and went back to… Well, I’ll let her tell you the rest of the story. At any rate, having been the victim of crying in the bathroom of work myself, it made me realize how much she is a girl after my own heart.

So, Mindy, if you’re ever in Pittsburgh, call me. We’ll get together and have a nice chat.

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