Why Not Me?

Let me get this out of the way – I LOVE Mindy Kaling. I love her sense of humor. I love that she joined The Office staff writing team at 24 years old. 24! I love The Mindy Project. I love her overall sass.

She’s a real woman. She isn’t going to hide it. I love it.

So when her book, “Why Not Me?” was released in September, I scrambled to get my library book request in early.

Then I waited. And waited. And waited.

Finally my turn came. Yessssssss.

My short review: Hilarious and unfailingly honest.

I read the book over a few days and long treadmill runs. I about fell off the belt a couple of times from laughing so hard.

Mindy is unapologetically honest about her life. Most women can’t pull that off. We’re constantly apologizing for ourselves, for our decisions, for our basic character traits. At the very least, we’re constantly explaining ourselves.

Mindy ain’t got time for that. Admirable.

And she shares genuine moments of uncertainty and fear in her career. The honest and real parts — the difficult parts— of life aren’t easy to publish. Mindy sheds light on these moments of self-doubt in a light-hearted way.

She’s unpretentious yet authentic, which is amazing for a woman of her caliber.

In fact, Mindy is one of the only celebrities who makes me believe they’re all just normal people like us — with the added bonus of great stylists and makeup teams, of course. She even alludes to ordering takeout and watching Netflix on the regular. Mindy and I have common ground, guys!

She has a best bro, B.J. Novak and uses a chapter to describe her relationship with him, probably to ward off the rumors of romance. Most single girls with close single male friends can’t convince others it’s just a platonic friendship. But I believe it, and I envy it.

My favorite quote comes at the end, when she lays out her advice to young women:

“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.”

Now that’s advice I can get behind.

Did you read the book? What was your favorite part? Tell me in a comment below.

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