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Why Not Me?

Narrated by: Mindy Kaling
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.4 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)

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Summary

Mindy Kaling has found herself at a turning point. So in Why Not Me?, she shares her ongoing journey to find fulfilment and adventure in her adult life, be it falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in unlikely places, or attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behaviour modification whatsoever.

In 'How to Look Spectacular', she reveals her tongue-in-cheek solutions for guaranteed on-camera beauty. 'Player' tells the story of Mindy being seduced, then dumped, by a female friend in LA. And in 'Soup Snakes', she spills some secrets on her relationship with ex-boyfriend and close friend, B. J. Novak.

Mindy has put the anxieties, the glamour and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into this book, to which anyone can relate. (And, if they can't, they can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.)

©2015 Mindy Kaling (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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First book was better

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Mindy was much more earnest in her first book. This book has some good parts, where she talks about BJ and about confidence. But some parts could have been cut out (the emails of the faculty staff).

Has Why Not Me? put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The last part about not answering a young girls question about confidence correctly at a panel. I think this why Mindy is such a force and voice that should be acknowledged, listened and looked up to.

Was Why Not Me? worth the listening time?

Sure.

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love mindy

i find all her work hilarious! her chirpy voice and delivery is excellent. I like the commentary but also the factual autobiographical bits. so funny

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The ending is worth it

I loved Mindy's first book, but this one kind of drifted in the middle and I think that's because American colleges are so different to UK universities that I got a bit lost. All the Obama section was super interesting. I'll definitely listen to Mindy's next book. I just love her frank nature.

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Meh - not as funny as the sample suggests

I actually stopped listening to this as I just found it a bit dull and irritating, so only got as far as the second chapter. I'm not entirely sure whether it's the narration or the content of the book which put me off. I was expecting something light and funny, and whilst the dry mocking of shallow behaviour and quirks are amusing, the way it is read and the high-volume of sarcastic content involved somehow lost the humour for me. I usually like dry & sarcastic humour, but because the entire book is full of it without any breather, it became easy to doubt whether the content was actually being sarcastic or not... which became confusing to listen to and eventually began to just sound like someone drivelling on about something that's not actually that interesting. As I say, I didn't get very far because it was too irritating for me. Maybe it gets better, or maybe I just don't get the humour. Either way, I enjoyed the sample, but didn't enjoy the book.

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love it

even better than the last book, laugh out loud funny, light hearted and entertaining, would Definetly recommend!

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Love Mindy and love this book

If your a fan you'll not be disappointed! This book is honest, funny and definitely not boring.

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More please

I only wish it was longer! Mindy is hilarious and I loved it so much that I finished it very quickly. I will be re-listening to this!

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Mindy is hilariously funny.

I loved it and found it hard to stop listening. I can't wait to read or listen to more books by Mindy.

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Narration went through me

Couldn't finish listening to this because after about 10 minutes the narration sent me over the edge. The whine in the voice did nothing to add humour to the story. Sorry didn't enjoy it.

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Just could not get into it

Perhaps it's my British sense of humour - this was a very dry read/listen. I will be returning the book.

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  • 09-06-17

Refreshing and empowering

Mindy as an actress and writer is super talented and it comes across fabulously in this book. Her brutal honesty is refreshing and empowering, and there are many days I think what would Mindy do!

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  • pat
  • 07-05-16

Not great

I really like her show, but this book is repetitive and self indulgent. Tina Fey has written just one book, kinda says it all.