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
Yes, definitely!! This was so fun and refreshing. It was great to hear the back story of a wonderful writer and actress.
She's basically the characters.
I loved the best friend chapter!! :-)
Good story about how Mindy makes it in showbiz - mainly by creating her own work. If you find her character's voice on The Office annoying (and some people do) please note that Mindy narrates this book and you get her great voice for 4+ hours. I find her to have a great sense of humor and she has a great way of telling a story.
mindy narrating the book was so great. she is hilarious and having her read her own stories really made the stories much more enjoyable. i laughed out loud so many times.
Definitely. i love her sense of humor!
I have never listened to her before.
well no. i dont think there would be an audiobook i'd want to listen to in one sitting. too lengthy.
She has a good handle on her age group and since she isn't twenty something (sorry) it's actually relevant to those of us that have lived a little. My 30+ gal friend and my 40+ self each found a lot of fun and thought in there.
I like that she has 'favorite lists' rather than top ten. She isn't arrogant about what she likes being the best but rather is just plain sharing.She nails the growing up that guys have to do ... eventually!
She gets better at reading her book after the first chapter. It sounded like this was kind of a new thing for her or she simply had to get a rhythm going. After that, it's her voice so it fits well. He does some snarky stuff that he wrote and it plays well.
lol ... no ... it's not that kind of book! (ok well maybe the thing about pal's)
Mindy is all grown up!
I am nearly 50 and this is not my usual genre but I felt like something light and I tried it. You should too. It was fun, interesting,enlightening and endearing. I was so disapointed when it was finished.
Mindy's true personality shines through in this book, which is a great display of her wit and humor. I didn't laugh out loud much, but it was quite entertaining. There is not much discussable substance to it, as we read it for a book club, and realized when we met up that not much of it was memorable material, or anything that would need to be delved into deeper. So it's simply a fun read if you are a fan of The Office.
This book should really be read in physical book form, as there are lists and pictures that can't adequately be described. A whole chapter is about pictures from her phone, so she suggests that you go to a bookstore to see the photos.
Can't anyone have clean comedy anymore?
Funny but offensive here and there; so I gave it a second chance, then a third, but I stopped listening after she describes her funeral fantasies and insists that God not be mentioned at the service so as not to take away the attention from her...vain much?? downright disgusted me and I turned it off. Not worth whatever jokes I might have missed after that.
A different performer, Mindy's voice was tough over a long period of time. There was a bit of droning
Something by Ricky Gervais
THe cultural aspects
I love books, and I used to love reading them. Audible is a great alternative for me, increasing my interest in reading again and helping me find out about some great books. :D
I would definitely recommend this audio book. Mindy Kaling is a great narrator, she is funny, insightful, charming and adorable. Her book is great, full of funny incidents from Mindy's life and it has a lot of useful advice in my opinion.
I wouldn't have been able to capture her voice in the story had I read it on my own. Now when I read her actual book, I can better tell how she wanted certain things to get across.
I would have yes, but I didn't have that time to.
I would love to buy her actual book, it was that great.
I loved the stories from Mindy's life that I could relate to. Even the ones that I could not were told with such honesty and humor that I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Mindy cracks me up throughout. I particularly loved the stories from her childhood.
I really enjoyed this book and think Mindy offers an honest, realistic and pretty
wholesome perspective that other women can relate to younger women can look up to.
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