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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) | [Mindy Kaling]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

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?”
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lindsay 12-01-14
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    What would have made Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) better?

    The book just isn't interesting.The topics are mundane and she lacks the absolute humor to pull it off. I know she is a witty and successful person, but she should've waited until she had something more substantive to say before writing a book . There is a "selfie" section, for Pete's sake. It reminded me of listening to that one self-prescribed funny friend drone on and on.


    Has Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all - I'll just stick to authors who have been around longer.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance itself was fine, I guess.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that I wasted a credit on this, then relief because it is so short.


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    brittannya 11-19-14
    brittannya 11-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Listen"
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    This was a good listen. You'll get to know Mindy on a different level than the character of Kelly. Not that I ever thought Mindy would be anything thing like her character on The Office, but she is much more dynamic. Mindy is obviously a talented writer, and listening to this book, rather than reading, really helped the performance part of it come across. Mindy is a great narrator and grabs you with her story (although Micheal Schur's random interjections didn't quite fit in for me).

    Worth the listen.

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    Jin Jing Medfield, MA USA 11-18-14
    Jin Jing Medfield, MA USA 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "As a young adult, this was very relatable!!!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy obviously- she's hilarious. Every chapter was so fun to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh pretty hard.


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    christy Plano, TX, United States 10-30-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "It is like she is in my head..."

    You know those random thoughts that bounce around in your head? Mindy Kaling has put them down in this book and makes you laugh at them. Not just laugh, but stare at them under the microscope, so you realize that everyone has similar random thoughts and those thoughts are RIDICULOUS. None of us are as funny, dumb, fat, skinny or bright as we thought we were and we basically have no idea where we will end up. Just enjoy the ride and LAUGH.

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    Lindsay Rose 10-27-14

    When I die, put my ashes into an hourglass at a comedy club. When people ask about it, the staff can say, "That's Lindsay doing 5 minutes."

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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    The best way to describe this book is: "Fun!"
    Don't expect anything overwhelmingly 'deep' from this one. Topics include grade school friendships and dramas, camp tales, weight loss, weight gain, her love of trendy diets, parents, the photoshoot process, a bad LA neighborhood, The Office, being a comedy writer, SNL, guys, dating, and more. I mean this all in a good way though-- sometimes a light, fun listen is just what you need. Mindy's stories, lists, recounts, and essays are all interesting and amusing. This book was just a good time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved her stories about The Office and her brief guest writer's spot on SNL. Also, as someone who would like to do the same, I enjoyed hearing about her move to New York.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To give them titles, my favorites are 'The Amy Poehler Story' and 'Mindy vs. The Sample Sizes'. I'm not giving anything away!


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    MM 10-04-14
    MM 10-04-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Too soon. She's a bigger star to herself than us."
    What was most disappointing about Mindy Kaling’s story?

    I just don't think this lady has enough experience to write such a memoir. A lot of it was about funniest moments in comedy that she wanted to recount. This should be more of a podcast. She's no Tina Fey (yet?).


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    Samantha 10-02-14
    Samantha 10-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it and have listened again and again!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    She keeps the listener engaged by varying up the style and content. Sometimes she is reading off a list with sassy asides; sometimes she is describing long stories; sometimes she is presenting more typical stand up comedy material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She's hilarious, knew that going in, but she blows the reader away with a lot of personal stories that are quite relatable. I've bookmarked the section on best friend code of conduct and have played it for my friends...so spot on! Ridiculous stuff that I didn't expect like being a nanny for some rich family in the city, saying the wrong thing in professional situations, etc.,


    Which character – as performed by Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur – was your favorite?

    Mindy, duh! But I like the myriad of voices she employs when narrating dialogue by someone else.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing is such a pick me up that it is now my go-to when I'm feeling kind of low. Sometimes I fast forward to a random chapter and I am never disappointed with where it lands. I've enjoyed listening to some parts over again and catching new details. I'm not usually one to re-read books, and I've never bookmarked chapters in an audiobook before, but this book made me want to revisit her stories for some comic relief and insight.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!!

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    Tasha McCoy 09-27-14
    Tasha McCoy 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hope Momma Got Paid - cuz this book was crazy good"
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    I loved this book; it was light hearted and hilarious. Everything I expected it to be and more. I'm also in my early 30s - very nice to hear her thoughts on men and know that I am not alone in my crazy dating experiences. Even better, it was great to hear someone say they still believe in and want a good old fashion relationship where people get married to someone who is a friend for life and grow old together! Sorta sad that that part was refreshing. Made me laugh a lot! :)

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    Chelsea 09-02-14
    Chelsea 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "She's the best friend every girl wishes she had..."
    Where does Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3, for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    The realness shared is amazing, and it's delivered in the most hilarious way possible. I love a girl who can make fun of herself!

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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 08-28-14
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. Some sections are funny , most is missed comedy. Mindy Kaling although fun on TV, does not come through in her own book. It's all somewhat flat!


    What other book might you compare Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to and why?

    none


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nothing, someone else should have read the book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    would not recommend

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