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.
©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House
In addition to being hilarious, the book seemed authentic, very non phoned-in if that makes sense.
I also recommend the audio version, and for those who have told me you can't handle her voice, $+&% you!
Everyone should read this, even if it's only to solidify your love for Mindy. There are some truly important truths that I think everyone can benefit from hearing.
Before reading this book I watched the Mindy Project, knew Mindy wrote part of the office and thought she was hilarious in general. Then reading this book I laughed to myself probably weirdly from an outsiders point of view every time I turned the page and it was awesome. Mindy is awesome. And I wish I was her.
If you're a fan of Mindy Kaling, you will eat up this book. It's hilarious, smart, and honest: perfect for an audiobook.
I never watched the office, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mindy Kaling is a good writer, and tells the story well. I have a lot of books to read and listen to, so I don't think I would listen to this again -- but I plan to listen to her next book for sure.
I love her description of herself - she's humble, funny and endearing.
Your friend, Mindy
This isn't a literary tome -- it's just shear entertainment. I liked it very much. Go Mindy!
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