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
There were several points in this book where I snickered, and some where I full-out belly laughed, because she notices things that I think no one else ever does.
For anyone who has ever felt a little insecure, Mindy helps you realize that you're not alone in wondering "Is everyone hanging out without me? (And other concerns)"
If you like Mindy Kaling you'll love this book. Super funny, I laughed aloud several times. Light and fun book. I'm super stoked for her next book after listening to this one! An inspiration to feeling normal in your own skin with all of your weird quarks and lack of knowing what is cool.
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.
"Mindy at her best"
Yes, probably. It was entertaining, short and funny, and I really liked her essays about after she got caught up in the TV industry.
I loved how energetic the narration is, meaning there was never a dull moment. She was engaging and had her comedic timing down pat.
Lots of laughing - I particularly enjoyed the bits that spoke about her rivalry with Mindy Kaling (something he also writes about in his autobiography).
A must read for fans of the Office and of Mindy Kaling.
"I love this book"
This is one of my favorite books, it's a go to book for a good mood, mindy kaling is amazing. Get the book!!
"Wonderful easy listen- like listening to a friend"
Hearing about Mindy's childhood and her early career.
I haven't listened to any of her other performances, but I have to say that I love her voice. It's very friendly, happy and so distinctive that I can still hear her narration, even after finishing the book.
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