By Mindy Kaling
Reviewed by Miranda Boyer
“People talk about confidence without ever brining up hard work That’s a mistake. I know I sound like some dour older spinster chambermaid on Downton Abbey how has never felt a man’s touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don’t understand how you could have self-confidence if you don’t do the work.”
Something about this line and really the entire essay before it, struck a cord with me. If you work hard then self confidence, particularly in what your doing, should come naturally. Entailment is essentially feeling like you deserve something. It’s okay to feel that you deserve something providing you’ve put in the work and actually do deserve something.
I love how mater of fact Mindy Kaling is. She is fresh and forward in her writing. This is her second book, the first was Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I had almost planed on waiting to read this book at the end of the year, since I started the year with her first book. It seemed very poetic. I caved and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Oh Mindy, you steal my heart every time.
This, much like the first, was written in short essays covering everything from work to love. I feel like if I met Mindy, we’d be BFFs in no time. That’s how her books are, they get personal, but stay fun and at the end of it, you feel connected to her as a person. I really do recommend this book for some light fun reading. It’s the perfect in between after finishing something a little heavier but when you’re not quite ready to delve into something else.
Also, despite what her editor says, I can think of a couple of guys who’d enjoy this book too.