Yes, Mindy Kaling, I'd like to be your friend.
This year I discovered the wonderful power of audiobooks, and how they can help an exceptionally slow reader like myself plow through many books in a short amount of time. Some of my favorite audiobooks this year have been celebrity memoirs, mostly because they are usually the readers and that makes listening to the book extra fun.
Today I finished listening to Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and it did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about her book was how she talked about the ups and downs of female friendships. How we can get jealous when our best friend lives far away and they start hanging out with other people, but at the same time you can get wrapped up in new and exciting friendships. These are all very real feelings and experiences I know I've been dealing with since I moved 1000 miles away from all my friends 3.5 years ago.
I also really enjoyed how Mindy talks about her confidence in her body. The media usually portrays her as being brave and bold for being what Hollywood considers plus size. And while I do think she's brave and bold, it has nothing to do with her size. All women in the spotlight have a microscope over them at all times, which must be extremely difficult. I love that Mindy is honest about this and doesn't try to act like it doesn't bother her. Instead she's learned how to roll with it, which sometimes means eating a few McMuffins in the McDonalds parking lot. (Hey, we've all been there.)
Overall I think Why Not Me? is a great book for girls that also feel a kindred connection to Mindy Kaling. Whether you admire her style, her confidence, or her humor, you'll find something to love about this book.