In the follow-up to her 2011 bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns), Mindy Kaling returns with insights into her life, career, and just being awesome. Why Not Me? is a collection of essays that provide a funny and honest look at life as a woman in the entertainment industry.
Kaling spends a significant portion of the book discussing her body image. She is often praised in the media for being a confident curvy woman. She tells a story of one journalist who comments over breakfast “don’t worry about the calories much, do you Mindy?”. She is baffled at why people are so surprised to see someone who looks like her on TV or why it is so shocking that she would put jam on her toast.
She also dishes on the men in her life and her working struggles. She reflects on her rise through the industry and gaining confidence as a writer and actress. The last essay of the audiobook discusses how to be a confident woman. She provides very smart, witty comments and to her it comes down to hard work.
The book is like an honest conversation with a friend. While she is funny, she is also really smart and insightful. One of the final chapters discusses the things she worries about. The list reveals an emotional, side with worries like “will I forget my mother’s voice”. Kaling lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2012.