Why Not Me? is Mindy’s second book. Her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) was a hilarious success. If you haven’t read it, what are you even doing with your life? Get out of here! Anyway, in that book, Mindy chronicled her upbringing, her geeky comedy obsession, and all that led up to her career in show biz. Why Not Me? is the amazing followup, covering mostly the last four years of her life and career. She shares hilarious and heartfelt insights into her life and her journey to confidence.
Mindy is smart, funny, witty, and a great writer–and it’s all evidenced in this book. In Why Not Me? she gives us a peak in to her life, even some of the weird and awkward moments. She shows us–again–that she’s down to earth and that she truly deserves any and all acclaim that she has received. She shows us that she is not immune to insecurities, the media, or society’s standards of beauty. She’s just not willing to let herself be controlled by them. On most days, anyway. If you’re not yet aboard the Mindy train, hop on over to Netflix and binge-watch the first season of The Mindy Project. It will SLAY you. (If it doesn’t then what are you? An android? Get out of here!) Buy this book. Or JUST LOOK AT HER. SHE’S AMAZING. This lady is more than a comedian or a TV personality. She’s a strong, independent, successful woman who is a pretty great role model for young women. You want confidence, she says? Work hard! Do your thing! Then be like, hell yeah I deserve to be confident! I’m pretty frigging great! (But not in a lame, conceited sort of way. In a healthy, like-yourself-and-appreciate-your-hard-work sort of way).
While reading this book, I was constantly giggling to myself, and sometimes just plain bursting out laughing. I love the way that Mindy writes about her life and shares her stories.
I don’t get why that’s asking so much, to meet a nice guy at a bar who wants to date for six months and then propose to me while we are in Montana glamping, on a night that is perfectly clear, and then, move out of his apartment, give up his dog to his coworker, and buy a four-bedroom house in the town where I was raised, near that elementary school everyone’s raving about (156).
In my heart, I believe that I am a passionate and intuitive cook who could make a five-course meal without even looking at a recipe. I feel I have the flash and charismatic personality of a famous chef, the fiery tenacity of Gordan Ramsay, and the soulful sexuality of Tom Colicchio. The problem is that I lack all basic skill. For instance, my dad had to come over to show me how to turn my oven on. It is sad when your hopes and abilities do not line up (201).
I will leave you with one last piece of advice, which is: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we even doing here if we’re not flaunting it? And that, my friends, shall go on my tombstone (202).
Why Not Me? is being released on September 15th. Have you preordered your copy? Will you be eagerly waiting outside your local bookshop when it opens Tuesday?
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.