Title: Why Not Me?
Author: Mindy Kaling
Sub Box: PopSugar Must Have, October 2015
It’s January, and if you put “read more” on your New Year’s Resolutions, then I’m here to encourage you! And you can encourage me, because it’s on my list as well. Last year I listened to and read 31 books, and this year I’m aiming for 35-40! I’m done with 3 so far, and we’re only ten days deep into January.
I love Mindy, and it started with her first book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” Like most women, I immediately thought of her as my celebrity bestie.
This book arrived in a Popsugar MH that I did not get, so I swapped and got it.
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.
At first I was confused when I saw Mindy had another personal essay collection out. I think she must spend 27 hours a day writing!
I actually unsubscribed from her on Twitter because she Tweets too much. I’m a weirdo who actually likes reading the Tweets of people I follow, and I don’t care about personal conversations with people I do not know.
As I read I started putting little sticky notes in the book to remember my favorite parts.
“People sometimes sweetly say that I have ‘child-bearing hips,’ but what they really mean is that I have hips that will definitely knock over your drink if you are sitting next to me on a plane and I have to get up to use the bathroom.” [p 14]
I have been told twice by guys I was making out with that I had child-bearing hips! This is not something a young twenty something wants to hear with a guy she doesn’t want to have kids with! Like… why are you thinking about that while we’re smooching??
Anyway, before I even read Mindy’s book I was considering doing an amusing post on my personal blog about how giant my bum and hips are, and how I often knock things over with it. My sister and sister-in-law are obsessed with the Kardashians and they decided if I did some more squats I’ve have a Kim-esque booty. Not sure if I want to aspire to that… [see image of me on the right for reference]
“I have never had any breasts to speak of. In high school I wore the same white cotton Jockey 34-A bra for three consecutive years… I made my mom take me to Victoria’s Secret, and I saw what I was missing out on. I didn’t have to wear my stretchy white bra that looked like it was for someone going through physical therapy.” [p 17]
This part made me laugh so hard because… I was the same! I got my first bra in 3rd grade, and it was a Mickey Mouse sports bra with matching panties. They were so big I could pull each down and up, respectively, and they would meet in the middle
forming a little suit. In 6th grade I told my mom to go away while I hid in the bra section. Then I ran away from the woman who tried to size me. So, basically I wore the same size bra from 6th grade till college, and it was a white, thin, lacey POS that did nothing for me. I had the chest profile of a 52 year old woman with 14 cats and a stockpile of tissues in her bra [for tears, not for boob enhancement].
In college, my dorm neighbor with the biggest bewbies I had ever seen claimed to also be a 36C, and that’s when I realized hey maybe I’d been wearing the wrong bra size my whole adolescence. She also realized her bra was the wrong size. Anyway, when my sister got to college she was the one who dragged me off to Victoria’s Secret and forced me to buy a real bra that fit and underwear that wasn’t ten years old with elastic bits falling off.
It still pains me to buy bras, but yesterday I finally got a new one from Victoria’s Secret, and I love it so far! It’s a wireless, clipless thing that is basically a sports bra that looks like a regular bra. It’s the equivalent of jeggings for bras. See above left for how I plan to comfortably live out my booby days.
“I can’t for the life of me not eat something that I want to eat.” [p 194]
Yep. Do I need to elaborate? Btw, my least favorite part about having gained weight is that my chest got bigger. That’s why I had to get a new bra. =\ McBoyfriend wants to know how I can lose weight everywhere else, but I told him it doesn’t work that way and that I would take a B or A cup any day.
My favorite chapter was probably where President Obama requested to meet her! Can you imagine being cool enough that a president wants to meet you? It seems like he has a great sense of humor and likes to surround himself with funny, intelligent people. I like it.
Also it’s nice when books are emphasized with pictures. I read something and think, “what is this awesome moment they are referencing?” and it is nice to actually see a picture of the moment.
Basically I still love picture books…
My Review: 4 stars
I enjoyed this book; it wasn’t the most amazing thing ever, but it was a fun read. Mindy’s show is fabulous, her sense of style is freaking awesome, and I’d totally hang out with her.
What did you think? Did you read it? Do you want to read it? Let us know!
Then, we’ll take a look at the Judy Blume book from Popsugar MH June 2015 box. Just a heads up, it’s got 90 POVs that change frequently, so I’m already losing interest…
If you have any book suggestions, questions, comments, or other input, send a comment to Onderria!
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