Alison's Book Marks
Prior to the publication of Mindy Kaling's book, I did not know her as anything other than Kelly Kapoor on The Office, one of the funniest shows on TV. Even still, I didn't realize the large role she has played in the show's success. She is the "quadruple threat" in Television: actress, writer, director and producer. The new show, The Mindy Project, is her new baby.
IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? is Mindy's story so far. She talks about her relatively normal upbringing, her childhood as a chubby kid, the adolescent who was obsessed with all things comedy, the student at Dartmouth, and the wide-eyed talented anti-ingenue.
She has a self-depricating humor similar to that of Tina Fey, but edgier and all her own. I'm sure being compared to Tina Fey and Amy Pohler is very cool, but she has her own brand of hilariousness, which comes out shining in her book.
Her chapter titles include: "I Am Not An Athlete," "The Exact Level of Fame I Want," and, my personal favorite, "Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities." For almost eight years, Mindy lived with her best girl friends, and their relationships had their own Code of Conduct, including the right and responsibility, "If our phone conversation gets disconnected there's no need to call back. I get it. You get it. We take forever getting off the phone anyway. This was a blessing." (This happens to me and my sister all the time, and it's understood, no call-back needed!) But my personal favorite Best Friend Right and Responsibility, "I will hate and re-like people for you. But you can't get mad at me if I can't keep track." (In my world, this is the equivalent of Friending and Un-Friending someone on Facebook for my best friends. Yes, I have done that, purely out of love. If I have un-friended you on Facebook, chances are high you have wronged my BFF in some way.)
I'm already a huge fan of memoirs and bios narrated by their celebrity authors - Tina Fey, Rob Lowe, Carrie Fisher, you get the idea. So, when I saw Mindy Kaling's book, I knew it would have to be audio for me, but I didn't know when. The when became easy. I had just read a string of really good, heavy books, and I was reading a print YA. I was ready for an audio that would offer me something light and funny - Hello, Mindy!
She's the perfect narrator. Her voice is funny and natural, and not at all annoying. Some actresses have a great voice for dialogue, but alone on an audiobook for 5 hours is not ideal. My only wish is now I want to hear her sing, and there is no singing on the audiobook. Mindy also has appearances on her audiobook by Michael Schur, a writer/producer/director on The Office, SNL, and Parks and Rec, as well as BJ Novak, another actor/writer/producer on The Office and The Mindy Project.
I feel like I'm friends with Mindy now. It's a really good thing I'm not in danger of bumping into her on the street, because she would definitely think I was a stalker by my comfort level.
I highly recommend this audiobook. It's quick, it's funny, and it will give you an appreciation for the comedy genius that is Mindy Kaling.
Wasn't expecting much from this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very relatable and an entertaining listen.
This book reminds me of Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants" - very honest and something that I think a lot of people can identify with. Also, a funny and amusing listen.
Mindy really is able to emphasize the messages that she is trying to get across. She really makes you feel like you're sitting in front of her, having a conversation.
This book really made me laugh and - as funny as it sounds - it was kind of inspiring.
Funny, Funny, and Funny
Mindy had an ease to her reading that was really easy to listen to.
I love Mindy's voice in her writing. It's funny and observational and adorable.
Everything. It's a masterpiece. Seriously, I've listened to it like 8 times.
YES. I read the book and it was wonderful but their voices really brought it to life in a way I could not have expected.
Yes. And I did. Several times.
This book makes you feel like Mindy is your best friend in the whole wide world. I love it and it's MUCH better than Bossy Pants.
IEHOWM is a fantastic listen. As a 20 something actress living in NY, I really related to a lot of her concerns. But I honestly think all women (and a lot of men) who have ever used humor to hide insecurities would relate to Mindy.
Her voice is authentic. She doesn't paint herself or anyone else as a perfect person, but has a very positive, optimistic vibe 99% of the time.
Mindy is outstanding - you feel like you're with her, drinking coffee, jabbering on. She's the friend who does all the talking, but it's so funny- and honest - that you don't mind.
This book made me laugh. Repeatedly. Out loud. On the subway. Like a crazy person.
It was a pretty straight forward story. No big epic events that changed everything but she was also very honest about not the popular kid and wanting to pursue comedy when everyone else wanted to pursue makeup.
Mindy was the best character but she was mostly the only real character of mention in the book
never listened to other stuff
when she admitted to being ok with not being friends with the other girls because they were not as into Comedy or other things that she was.
I really love to hear these memoir books read by the author when they are done well. This was done very well. The book has a conversational tone to it, so it was really fun to basically have a long conversation with Mindy Kaling.
Mindy Kaling may be any sort of a person- but she manages to convey a very open, funny, likeable persona. I feel as though we would be friends if we'd met in university. It is this sort of familiar girl friend feeling that makes it really fun to hear about her life. It is all a very subtle but important part of performing.
I listened to this book on my road trip from Kansas to Florida and it not only had me laughing my way through Atlanta rush hour, it helped me not get scared driving the long swampy part around Valdosta at night in the fog. It was, in short, a really good listen.
Enjoyed her life story, it was a great balance of growing up and her adult life. Super funny! Many stories and Eulogy had me laughing out loud.
Not really Shakespeare.
Mindy is not only my favorite character in this book, she might be one of my favorite characters period. For one thing, if she weren't in her own memoir it would be suspicious to say the least. For another thing, and maybe I wouldn't have realized this if she hadn't pointed it out but it's totally true, our world needs more characters who have always been good kids and weren't into being popular and worked hard to maintain their grades and yet are creative, sensitive, innovative, vividly funny people. We were listening in the car and I turned around and looked at my two fun, happy, straight-laced, straight-A daughters, and their eyes were huge. I asked how they liked the book so far and the oldest ~almost~ got teary as she answered, "Mom, she's us!"Besides that keenly sympathetic aspect, Mindy's stories are wide-ranging and funny and insightful and all ring with her very particular tone of truth.
Mindy kept me company on a long drive and I enjoyed her humor and delivery.
It was very conversational. More like storytelling than reading.