Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
Overview (from B&N.com): Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
My Thoughts: Good grief. Have you ever just wanted to read a funny book and laugh? Maybe just be fully entertained for whatever amount of time your nose is in said book? Well I have, so I started reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.
Like everyone else, I heard good things about Mindy Kaling’s book. I was convinced that it would be worth my time, at the very least. I’m actually not a huge fan of hers in general. The Office is okay, but I always thought Kelly was seriously annoying. I do watch The Mindy Project, but I don’t go out of my way to remember whether or not it’s on.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) was very well written. The stories were engaging and there were enough places that you could put the book down and pick it back up later, if you needed to. I personally didn’t want to put it down. Turns out, Mindy Kaling is hilarious. I think it was her frank storytelling and her absolute assurance of who she is and wants to be. Even the parts of herself that some may say are shallow, she totally owns it.
I have a whole new level of respect for Mindy Kaling after reading her book. I promise this is not a spoiler, but I’m going to vaguely reference something. My favorite part of the book was towards the end and was actually written by Michael Schur (creator of Parks and Recreation). I won’t ruin for all of you potential readers out there, but suffice it to say I was laughing so hard that I was snorting and “bothering” my fellow metro commuters on my way to work.
In case it wasn’t obvious, I was a big fan of this book. So, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy asap. I would highly recommend Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).
Random extra thought: The back cover makes me chuckle every single time I look at it (both the picture and its caption).
4.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = It was amazing, but there was just the tiniest something missing.