Favorite Quote: “The chorus of “Jack and Diane” is: Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. Are you kidding me? The thrill of living was high school? Come on, Mr. Cougar Mellencamp. Get a life.”
Let me just start off by saying, I love Mindy Kaling. I think she is one of the funniest women in show business right now. She captured my heart as Kelly Kapoor on The Office. Not only was she hilarious in her role, but she also wrote some really funny episodes. Now, she is writing and starring in her own show The Mindy Project on Fox. This show is hilarious as well. It has some incredible guest appearances by people like Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), Anders Holm (Workaholics) and Mark Duplass (The League).
This memoir has been compared to the likes of Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Basically, this a book about whatever Mindy Kaling wants it to be about, which is pretty awesome. This book is obviously not a hard read. It took me about one day to read and I read at the pace of first grader sounding out their first chapter book. If you are in between books or are looking for a fun, easy read, then this is it.
One thing I love about Mindy Kaling is that she is not afraid to make fun of herself. A lot of people out there can dish it out, but can’t take it. Mindy Kaling is not one of those people. Yes, she does insult some people throughout this memoir, but she also does not hold back when it comes to sharing embarrassing stories about herself. Most of these stories happen in the beginning of the book when she talks about being a nerdy Indian girl in high school.
Her stories are so funny, and, at times, relatable. I loved reading about how she got her start in television and how far she’s come. My dream job would be to be a writer for a television show, although I am not nearly funny or creative enough to do so. That being said, I loved to read about how it is not easy to get your foot in the door anywhere. I highly recommend that girls in their early twenties read this. A lot of her memoir revolves around her college years and the ones that follow. She writes about finding a job in the business and interning and writing her own plays. It is always interesting to see how someone got where they are today.
I really enjoyed reading this memoir because it gave me a taste of what I could possibly have coming in the next couple of years in my life. This really shows how hard it is to find a job you really love. I really enjoyed how passionate she is about what she does and how confident she has always been. Many people may think she is not as intelligent as she actually is. I mean, Kelly Kapoor went to Dartmouth! I highly recommend this book to girls who are in college and are struggling to find their place in the world.