BOOK REVIEW: Why Not Me? – by Mindy Kaling


Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Genre: Non Fiction, Humor, Memoir
First published: September 15th 2015
Finished reading: November 7th 2015
Pages: 240
Rating 3,5qqq

“People’s reaction to me is sometimes “Uch, I just don’t like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.” But it’s not that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. So that’s why you need to be a little bit brave.”


No, I don’t actually watch The Office or The Mindy Project, but after hearing great things about Why Not Me? I decided to pick it up anyway. And I can say that even without knowing Mindy Kaling very well I still quite enjoyed reading her essays. Her writing switches between funny, honest and inspiring and she comes over as a very strong and ‘real’ woman. The included photos are a nice touch that I think especially fans of her character will appreciate. What I also liked is that each essay has a different feel and message and the fact that Mindy Kaling is not afraid to write about her mistakes and flaws is refreshing.  Why Not Me? might not be the perfect read, but it is without doubt interesting enough and will keep you entertained for a few hours. This could be the perfect beach read for the upcoming summer (if you are lucky enough live in the southern hemisphere)!


Why Not Me? is a collection of essays where Mindy Kaling shares some of her stories of her past. Some are funny while others are more personal and even inspirational… And the stories take place both at home, at work and during Uni. Among other things, she gives beauty tips (Starlet’s Confessions), talks about difficulties while seeking new friendships both then and now (Player), talks about accepting your body and who you are (Unlikely Leading Lady) and talks about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak (Soup Snakes).


Why Not Me? is a very interesting collection of essays where Mindy Kaling tells us more about her life. I enjoyed the fact that she mixed funny sections with more serious themes and some parts are even inspirational. She comes over as a very interesting woman and I admire her for staying true to who she is and not giving over to the whole Hollywood pressure. It’s also an interesting enough read even if you don’t actually watch her TV shows.

15 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Why Not Me? – by Mindy Kaling

  1. I’m a huge fan of The Office, but never got into her new show. She was so funny on The Office, I can imagine she’s hilarious in real life, too. She seems like someone I’d want to be friends with, just really cool. Glad you enjoyed the book! I may have to give it a try.

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    • She does come over as a funny and interesting person in her essays, definitely someone who I would want to be friends with as well. I really enjoyed this read and will try to get a copy of her first memoir at some point…

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