Why Not Me Book Review
By Alexis Mercer
Book Club went on a slight break. Who knew five women with families, kids, pets, jobs, and many interests wouldn’t be able to find a mutual date that worked for everyone within the last month of summer? We had a few dates set, only to have last minute issues come up. And we really wanted everyone to be there, as Book Club time is good for the soul.
We finally settled on an early September date. Sadly it was short one member, but four of the five of us enjoyed Trini’s tacos, burritos, salsa, chips and guacamole. Lots of guacamole.
The new book was chosen. It was just the kind of book I needed being in one of the busiest times of the year. A lighthearted, relatively short, hopefully humorous book.
Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me proved to be all of those things.
I hadn’t read her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) so I really wasn’t sure what kind of author she would be. But I am a huge fan of The Office...and I don’t have Netflix, so my love comes from back in the day when the show was actually on tv. I was hoping her writing she had done for the show would translate well into a book.
The only real problem I had with the book was that I kept waking my husband up as I laughed out loud while reading with my book light in bed. Mindy Kaling is funny. Laugh-out-loud-while-trying-to-be-quiet-funny.
Kaling does a wonderful job of taking advantage of the self-deprecating humor without making it uncomfortable and inappropriate. I enjoyed reading about the many ways she isn’t a stereotypical Hollywood star, and the situations that arise in her life as a result.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained without weighing you down, I highly recommend Why Not Me. Perhaps over a bowl of guacamole from Trini’s. You won’t be disappointed.
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