Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling is on the search for fulfillment in here adult life.  She is looking for love, friendships, and trying to be the first person in the world to lose weight without changing any habits.  She discusses how to be glamorous for any occasion, dealing with anxiety and more in her life as a star.


Confession… I have never watched Mindy Kaling’s show.  I chose this audio mainly because I like autobiographies.  I enjoy hearing back ground stories to people’s fame.

Most of the time.

Occasionally I find one that is not really a fit.  This would be one of those times.

While Mindy may be a funny actress, I found her to be unnecessarily crude which is something I am never a fan of.  This one is entirely on me, I gave it a shot.  I am sure fans of Mindy Kaling would find this to be a good listen.

What I can say is Mindy Kaling narrates this book herself, which I almost always find I am drawn to in memoirs. Mindy has an exception narrating voice and comes across clearly with great emotion, wit, and voice expressions.  Her narration I felt was spot on… after all who better to tell her story?


 Why Not Me, and Mindy’s narrating performance has been nominated for an Audio Award.


  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 4 hours and 57 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: September 15, 2015


16 thoughts on “Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

  1. I have never watched her show either. Her book was on my TBR list but now I’m wary. I’m not a fan of gratuitous crude language either. That’s why I love the comedy of Ellen DeGeneres. She is hilarious without profanity and crude content.

    I also love background stories. The backstories on reality shows are my favorite parts. Hubby and my mom couldn’t care less and want to fast-forward but I am curious and enjoy hearing about people’s lives.

    1. I like a good funny story and I am no prude but I don’t like it when the language and vulgarity goes over the top – it starts to feel forced like that is where they find their ratings or self worth and that bugs me. If you are truly funny you can do it without all that 🙂

  2. Sorry to hear you didn’t connect with this one! I read her first and giggled the entire way through. But I can totally see how her style wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
    I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve just recently picked it up, so hopefully I can get to it soon : )

  3. Speaking of crude, I’m a big fan of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But we walked out of Sisters after 20 minutes because of how crude it was. And it wasn’t funny. So there was no balance. I, too, have never seen Mindy Kahling act. Her book is everywhere, but I don’t really have a desire to read it. And now I definitely won’t.

    1. I saw that one too and would agree. I don’t really understand the need for it – both ladies are funny without the gross. I have enjoyed Tina Fey’s biography but disliked Amy’s for the crudeness of it.

  4. I haven’t seen a lot of Mindy Kaling, which is one reason I haven’t picked up any of her books. But I’m not huge into rude and crude, and if the material isn’t funny enough to get me to laugh despite that fact, then I’m not going to be interested.

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