Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


TITLE: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
AUTHOR: Mindy Kaling
PAGES: 222
PUBLISHED: November 1st 2011
PUBLISHER: Crown Archetype
GENRE: Non Fiction, Humor, Autobiography and Memoir.


Rating - 3 Bird


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?”

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.

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I thought I would enjoy this a lot more than I did. It just wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be, especially compared to Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres’ book but it did have a few brilliant moments. There was probably only 2 really laugh-out-loud moment in the whole book though which was disappointing for me.

And after reading this I feel like Mindy has a lot more in common with Kelly from The Office than previously thought (which could be taken as good or bad). I mean most of the book was about boys and relationships. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, I just thought the book was going to be different. She talked a little about her struggled before making it big on the Office but I wish there was more writing on that and less on the qualities of men she wants to date. I have to say, the thing about loving her parents too much and them being “pals” I realllllly loved.

So it had a few shining moments, and I did like that she was completely unapologetic in terms of what she liked (style, music) and how she feels but overall what I took from this is that Mindy Kaling would make a seriously awesome best friend but a very annoying coworker.


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