Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (2011)
Summary: 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.

Before reading this book I didn’t know who Mindy Kaling was.  I’ve never really watched The Office either, so that’s probably why, and I didn’t know she was a writer, actress, and director.  So when this book started getting mentioned, I wrote it off as just another autobiography by some actress/comedian that probably wasn’t going to be very good.  It was the title that put me off, because I thought it was going to a big pity-fest about how no one liked her and how unpopular she is, etc.  It seems that a lot of female comedians’ humor is related to making fun of themselves, and I don’t really find that funny.

But I’m glad I took a chance on this book and learned more about Mindy because she’s not your typical Hollywood girl.  Sure, there were some parts about how strange she was as a child and her weight, but I even enjoyed reading those parts.  She seemed really interested and down to earth despite all her success.  She’s certainly hilarious and seems like she’d be a really cool person to hang out with.

I’m glad I decided to give this book a chance and that Mindy was able to prove me wrong. This book is also pretty short so if you’re looking for a fun, easy, and pretty quick read, this would be the book for you.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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