In the preface, Mindy Kaling warns the reader that this book will not be as funny as Tina Fey's Bossypants. She certainly delivered on that promise.
I've listened to many, *MANY* comedy audiobooks and this was undoubtedly the worst. Most comedy either delivers an interesting take on the mundane or describes comically unique situations. This book shows neither. She reflects on experiences that nearly everyone has had with the most uninspired perspective. What's more, she sounds like a petulant, entitled rich kid, whether she actually was or not. And spoiler alert-- even the titular experience is nothing more than a story about young girls who were friends and sort of grew apart as they realized their interests were changing. Was the experience earth shattering for her? Not really.
While most comics have traversed fairly rough terrain to sharpen their wit, at least in this book, she's described not a single, solitary experience that gives her a unique perspective on the world. There are no high stakes experiences in which the reader is rooting for her. There is also very little evidence of emotional growth. She grew up privileged with happily married parents. True she wasn't the most popular girl, but how many of us really were the popular kids? She attended an excellent school and was very academic. She loved great comedy, and then started her career. Most comics live their comedy. She, by contrast, seems to have studied it, which will always make her a mediocre comedy writer.
The performance was fine. The book was horribly written.
Major disappointment. Frustration that I had wasted a credit.
Honestly, don't waste the money.
Disappointed by this book, it is uninteresting and Kaling seems to be whining throughout the book, annoyingly; rendering me waiting hopelessly for that one laugh that never come, until the very end. Extremely disappointed.
true crime fan
I needed to listen to something a little lighter after finishing The Game of Thrones so I picked this and am so glad I did. I think Mindy Kaling is so freaking funny-totally my kind of humor.
There is not plot to this book, but enjoy it and have a laugh. Mindy Kaling is fun to listen to and get to know!
I loved all of her personal stories (both of growing up and becoming successful) ...I enjoyed less her opinions of movies and celebrities. Mindy is likable and endearing.
I enjoyed Mindy Kaling's character on The Office, and she brings the same exuberance to her book and her performance (although, thank goodness, she does sound smarter as herself than as Kelly Kapoor). I laughed out loud over and over while listening to this. Her performance really makes it entertaining.
It was funny, but is missing something.
Mindy is a very good reader, adding to the personal aspect of the book.
This book is very honest and I love that. Mindy shares details of her life that are very honest and interesting. I liked the book, but I don't love it.
Funny, endearing, and instructive!
Two favorites: the rules on being your best friend's roommate (which were totally the same rules I had with my best-friend roommate), and her comments on married people being pals. Fun book. I love Mindy Kaling.
I loved the honesty of the anecdotes Mindy writes!
The whole book is memorable. It's a silly, good time! Her humor is flawless. If you enjoy the Office, there is no doubt you will enjoy the book!
The moving part of the book is that it is honest. There are several times in the book where Mindy bares all, makes no excuses and shys away from being
This was a great, fun book to listen to. I'm so glad Mindy Kaling read it herself. That definitely made it funnier.