I Believe I Have No Funny Bone

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Let me preface this review by saying that I freely admit that I was probably born without a funny bone or at least one that is so deeply buried as not to understand wildly-laughed at humorous things. I will also admit that I have never watched The Office (I never found it funny.) or The Mindy Project. So why did I chose to listen to Why Not Me?? Well, the little I know about Mindy—a successful, self-assured woman in Hollywood—I admire and I was hoping to learn a little bit more about her and her success.

There were bits within Why Not Me? I really enjoyed. I loved the Hollywood secrets/confessions portion of the novel. I found myself laughing out loud at Kaling’s revelations. It dispelled that myth that being an actress is the “easy life.” Maybe it is an easier life than some, but it is not the easiest life out there.

As the book progressed, I started to get lost and a little bored with the essays. The section of the novel where she shares her alternate dream life of being a teacher at a stuffy prep school didn’t seem to translate well to audio as it was told mainly through email exchanges. (Imagine the same email signature being read over and over again.) Kaling’s voice started to grate on me the more bored I got and I couldn’t wait for everything to wrap up.

Perhaps this novel wasn’t a good selection on my part because I have not followed Kaling’s career and her brand of humor. So this memoir might be a good fit for someone more familiar with her work than I am.


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I Believe I Have No Funny Bone

Why Not Me?

Author: Mindy Kaling
Narrator: Mindy Kaling
Published on: September 15, 2015
Pages: 228
Length: 4 hours, 57 minutes
Genres: memoir
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My Rating: Thumbs Down

About Mindy Kaling

Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom "The Mindy Project", and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show.

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4 responses to “I Believe I Have No Funny Bone

  1. Terri – I’ve watched both the Office and The Mindy Project. And I didn’t enjoy this either. Sometimes, it’s best not to know the secret inner workings of “famous” people?

    • Totally agree. 🙂 I don’t need to know the down and dirty of every minute of a celeb’s life. My husband asked me once why the Kardashians were famous and I said, Heck if I know Google it!

  2. I’ve never really read memoirs before, Terri. And I did see one episode of The Mindy Project, it wasn’t something that I enjoyed. Maybe because I am a nurse and I just don’t like watching doctor shows?

    BTW, I totally agree about the Kardashians… 😀

    • And maybe that is why I never found The Office (or Office Space) funny…I work in a weird little office environment. 🙂

      Glad to know not everyone things the Kardashians are da bomb.