Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I don’t know if I’d call myself a Mindy Kaling super fan [but I totally am one]. I didn’t love Kelly Kapoor when I first watched The Office, but she grew on me. When Mindy launched her own show, The Mindy Project, I was SO FREAKING EXCITED. And Mindy has not disappointed me! So, as a Mindy Kaling [super] fan, I HAD to read this book.
First off, I love the cover. Cute, understated, a little off, and a great title. The size of the book is not intimidating, which is always a plus. I found the stories to be incredibly funny and believable. I loved hearing about her interactions with other people of fame–BJ Novak, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wigg, and Will Arnett. I really enjoyed this book! I think it boils down to this–if you’re a fan of Mindy Kaling and her work, you’ll like this book. If you don’t like Mindy [what’s wrong with you?], don’t read this because your sense of humor is lacking. My only regret is not buying the enhanced version. I should get on that.
Synopsis 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.