Sunday, September 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling


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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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 REVIEW:

I first knew of Mindy Kaling from the TV series The Office, but in a portion of her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy tells the story of how she got there.  What's interesting to me is how incredibly humble she is and lacking in self-confidence, which she plays off as kind of making fun of herself.

The book is cute, funny and lighthearted. Mindy tells stories from her childhood, dating, her rise to fame (although she certainly doesn't talk about it that way), her time on The Office, and much more.  She is an extremely likable person and her book in enjoyable.