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
I really love Mindy Kaling! I love the Mindy project and was drawn to this book because I wanted to hear more Mindy. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with this book because I expected more from her. Don't get me wrong its a good listen and it's very easy, in fact almost too easy.
Mindy uses her wit, and humor to lead the reader through her experiences, both professional and personal, that shaped who she is and her career. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Yes, I would listen to this again, because I know her opinions and stories will make me laugh again. I find Mindy's perspective refreshing, and that attitude is great to wake me up on my way to work. I especially love hearing her read her own work because the intonation is perfect.
I loved her personal stories about writing for the office, and her early years springing into Hollywood. I especially enjoyed the guest speakers.
Her obituary written by her friend, I was actually laughing out loud.
Since it was generally light-hearted, I would say read this if you want to feel good about life, not to feel especially emotional.
Loved this book. Was looking for something upbeat and entertaining for a trip and it did not disappoint. Witty, playful and thoughtful, I didn't want to stop listening, am pretty sure I was smiling almost the entire time I was listening and laughed out loud several times. So worth the sideways glances on the plane/in the airport!
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