I really, really loved Mindy Kaling’s first book. So I was excited to read her new one, Why Not Me? It was not as funny as her first one. But. She had some charming stories about Hollywood. And politics. And Harvard Law School.
But, to me, the best part of this book was the end (no, not because it was over). Because of this: “A general assumption about confidence is that women, particularly young women, will have very little of it, and girls will have zero of it. Just the attitude alone makes me sad: ‘We have to help our girls and teach them to be confident.’ Well, guess what, young girls. You aren’t damsels in distress. You aren’t hostages to the words of your peers. You aren’t the victims that eve your well-meaning teachers think you are.” She is so right. We are own worst enemies. Girls need to find their confidence. They need to earn it.
I love that Mindy Kaling will admit she’s not your “typical” Hollywood starlet. She admits her size puts her at a disadvantage, but she will not give up food for some unrealistic version of herself. I love that she admits her neurotic paranoia and superficiality. It makes her real. And it makes her readable.
While I didn’t find this as funny as her first book, I truly did enjoy it. I will always root for her to be successful because she is normal.
I got this book from Blogging for Books and was not paid for my review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.