Why Not Me

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The book is a collection of anecdotal essays written by Kaling about her experiences and observations about Hollywood.[1] Carina Chocano of The New York Times noted that the book was "loosely fashioned around themes of approval and entitlement."[5]

The book also contains a chapter that is a work of fiction about an alternative world where Kaling is a Latin teacher in a prep school on the Upper East Side of New York.[3]

The final chapter of the book is a transcript of Kaling's 2014 speech at Harvard Law School.[3]


The book received mostly positive reviews. The Atlantic called the book "a defense of hard work."[6] Publishers Weekly criticized the book for skirting major issues such as her mother's death and relationship with B. J. Novak.[1]


  1. "Why Not Me?". publishersweekly.com. Pushlishers Weekly. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. Chaney, Jen (9 September 2015). "Mindy Kaling's new book 'Why Not Me?' reads like . . . Mindy Kaling". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. BIEDENHARN, ISABELLA (14 September 2015). "'Why Not Me?' by Mindy Kaling: EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. "Hardcover Nonfiction - Best sellers". nytimes.com. The New York Times. January 24, 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. Chocano, Carina (16 November 2015). "Mindy Kaling's 'Why Not Me?'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. Garber, Megan. "Mindy Kaling Is Thirsty". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 February 2018.

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