Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling


Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)

Author: Mindy Kaling

Genre: NonFiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Comedy, Funny, Essays, Adult

Publisher: Crowne Archetype

Published: November 1,2011

Page Amount: 222 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: 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!

Why Read: I’ve been recommended Mindy Kaling so much times, it’s become something I just nod at brightly and smile. I remember clearly when her first book (this one) came out, and when the second one recently came into bookstores…. and I didn’t care. I have never been one for Celebrity autobiographies, and although I’ve seen my fair share of the Office – it didn’t seem to be a good enough reason for this.

Review: Luckily, I meant to pick this up for a friend and thought, it’s so small – I have time to read it before I have to give it to her! I’m really happy I read it… in the end. Mindy Kaling is a hilarious woman, who doesn’t have enough time in the world to be funny. From page 1 until the final 222nd page, I found myself laughing and smiling with her. How could you not? She revels the reader with stories of her apartment life before fame, and how the Office became her life. What’s it like to be a comedy writer and actor? Ask Mindy Kaling.

Her commentary is striking and at times – it felt as though I was sitting with her in a cozy room just talking about her life without expectations. The book is so much fun, and in a strange way – comforting. Reading about Mindy’s early life makes it almost easier to accept whatever weird and crazy ways that your life is going, because if she can be where she is now… then you can definitely end up something fantastic too. Seriously- it may seem like a quick and shallow read, but I found it to be poignant, fun, and worthwhile for my time. I highly HIGHLY recommend it for just about anyone (unless you happen to be a curmudgeon who likes to have no fun at all [in which case, don’t read it]).

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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