Book Review: Why Not Me?

Book Review: Why Not Me?

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I can’t believe it’s been three months since my last book review! I definitely want to write more this year, I’ve just been really busy lately, and I haven’t had a regular reading schedule for myself. But I finally got around to reading this book, and I’m excited to share my thoughts.

Mindy Kaling has been one of my celebrity idols for a while now. From writing and acting in my favorite show of all time, The Office, to creating her own show, The Mindy Project, I have been following Mindy’s career for a long time and have been impressed with everything she’s accomplished. She also happens to be hilarious, and very inspiration when she wants to be. Not to mention she is an amazing writer. Mindy, if you’re reading this, I’m basically in love with you. No big deal.

I read Mindy’s first book and loved it, so I knew I would like this one if it was anything like the first. And it was, in all the best ways, while still bringing fresh topics and jokes to the table. It’s also full of great quotes, both inspirational and comical, so I thought I would try writing this review a bit differently. I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes from the book, along with a bit of context. Hopefully this will give you enough of a sneak peek to make you want to read the book yourself.

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you don’t got it, flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we doing here if we’re not flaunting it?” 

This quote is from the chapter Unlikely Leading Lady, where Mindy tackles the topic of body image. She talks candidly about her relationship with her body, and the way the media tends to focus on her appearance since, as she puts it “women who are my size are so rarely seen on TV and film.” She also talks about how, although she has had her fair share of body image issues, in general her brain is filled with more important thoughts than what she weighs or whether or not she should eat dessert.

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“As calm as I might be, still, about once a month, I wake up at 4 a.m. and lie in the dark worrying about the same handful of things.” 

This was from a short chapter at the end of the book, aptly titled 4 a.m. Worries. I liked this quote (and this chapter) because Mindy shared some of the real worries that keep her up at night. It made me feel better to know even someone as successful as Mindy still has fears in life. Some of the fears she listed included: what if I have nothing to say? What if I have too much to say and not enough time? 

“Confidence is like respect. You have to earn it.”

In the final chapter of the book, Mindy explains the connection between hard work and confidence. She states confidence must be earned, just like respect. And it must be earned after a lot of hard work. She fights against the idea shown in many movies and TV shows, that working too much is a bad thing. “I have never, ever, met a highly confident and successful person who is not what a movie would call a ‘workaholic.”

“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you’re succeeding. People do not get scared when you’re failing. It calms them.” 

I loved this quote because I think it is so inherently true, no matter where you live or who you interact with in life. As Mindy mentions, “That’s why the show Intervention is a hit, and everyone loves ‘worrying about’ Amanda Bynes.” People don’t like seeing others succeed, because it reminds them of everything they haven’t been able to do yet. Mindy goes on to say it perfectly: “When you’re winning it makes them feel like they’re losing, or worse yet, that maybe they should’ve tried to do something too, but now it’s too late.”

 

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Mindy Kaling’s second book, Why Not Me. There were so many other hilarious and inspirational parts of the book, but you’ll have to read it yourself to find out what they were! Comment below which quote was your favorite, and if you have already read this book or plan to in the future.

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

It’s been a while since my last book review because unfortunately I haven’t had much time for reading lately. But the past few weekends I was able to pick up this book again and finish it, so I wanted to take the time to write a quick review for you all!

An Abundance of Katherine is one of John Green’s books (the author of The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Town) and to be honest, I didn’t like it quite as much as those three. It’s not that I disliked it, I just didn’t find myself quite as captivated as I was with his other novels. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to write a pros and cons list about the book, so you can get a feel for what I did and didn’t enjoy about it.

Pros:
  1. The characters are very detailed, vivid and well thought-out. I could picture all of them clearly, and they each had their own unique style of dialogue. I definitely think that is something that John Green excels at: building strong characters that we can relate to and feel like we know personally.
  2. The book had a very unique element to it, which was that the main character was a “genius” or “child prodigy”. He had an obsession with being important and being well-known for something in life. He essentially wanted to become famous for inventing a theorem to predict the outcome of a romantic relationship. So the book had a lot of math and science in it, which I surprisingly enjoyed despite the fact that I was terrible at both of those subjects in school.
Cons:
  1. Not much happened in the plot. Now, I’m not the type of person that needs an extremely action-packed plot, but I do like for there to be some sort of adventure at some point, like when Hazel and Gus traveled to Amsterdam in TFIOS. I felt that’s one of the elements this book was lacking.
  2. Though the main characters were brilliant, as I mentioned above, I did feel that there could have been a few more supporting players in the story. There were a few minor characters, but they never felt fully flushed out to me. I think John Green could have given a bit more detail about some of them, and maybe even added in a few other characters to the mix.

I know this didn’t give a plot summary at all, and you’re probably thinking “but what is the book even about?” I just wanted to do something different with this review. If you’d like to read more about the actual story, you can check out this book review.

Leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve read this book, or any of John Green’s other books. I’d also love to hear any suggestions you have for the next book I should read! You can take a look at my past book reviews to get an idea of the kind of novels I enjoy.