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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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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 07-20-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Celebrity Book Yet"

    Of all the celebrity books that I’ve listened to, Mindy’s is by far the best. Mindy narrates the book herself which I think adds something because she puts the right tone to everything; you hear it the way she wanted you to hear it.

    The story is decent, I gave it 3 stars because it wasn’t amazing, but she actually tells you real stories about herself, and she’s very smart. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh. I think this book is easily one that you can listen to again and again.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 07-11-13
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun, Just Not That Funny"

    Mindy Kaling's brief biography was fun, but not that funny. I expected to laugh out loud or at least smile to myself. It was fine for a 5 hour listen, but if you want to be more entertained listen to Tina Fey or Penny Marshall's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline NASHVILLE, TN, United States 07-03-13
    Caroline NASHVILLE, TN, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Easy Summer Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Mindy narrating made this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny, easy, short. Perfect for a day at the beach as long as you don't mind laughing out loud.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-29-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Funny in a Cute Way"

    She seems extremely educated and she is very funny. She also does a great job narrating her own book as her voice is semi-annoying but in a humorous, cute way. I really enjoyed listening to this title. Love her take on movies, music and creating lists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Ballwin, MO, United States 07-23-12
    Kim Ballwin, MO, United States 07-23-12
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    "The perfect antidote to the long boring drive"
    What did you love best about Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    This is laugh out loud funny! I've listened to it on long drives twice in two months and it was great both times.


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

    The obvious comparison is Bossypants by Tina Fey. Both are by very funny female television writings. I think Mindy's book is fluffier though. She's not trying to make any big points about feminism. She's just telling stories about her life and she doesn't care that you'll probably think she's full of butterflies and rainbows and little spitfire afterwards.


    What about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance did you like?

    It's always great to hear the author read their own work. Obviously, you'll hear the timing of the jokes as she intendedd it and you'll hear the intended tone as well.


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

    I was definitely grinning in my car all the way to Iowa. I'm sure the people passing me though I was an idiot.


    Any additional comments?

    On my second listen, my husband was in the car. Even though this is a very female-centric book, he really enjoyed it too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 12-18-11
    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 12-18-11

    bella jackson

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    "Funny Funny, Intelligent Funny"
    Where does Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For genre,right next to BossyPants and Born Standing Up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy- This is not a good question for this type of book which is obviously written by her about her life and career choices. Still she was very upbeat even while giving a bit of advice with humor kicked in.


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

    Same question as above??? Although I loved Michael Schur's obituary- outrageous


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is not a book for a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Mindy Kaling is one intelligent, hysterical writer who comes from an upper class family and has a tremendous sense of humor about her time at Dartmouth, being Indian and her strong will. I'd love to be her friend.

    PS Why have you started asking these questions in your reviews? Is what we just think not enough to encourage or discourage future readers? I do not care for the format as some of the questions do not apply to the book you are reviewing. Sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 04-01-12
    Erin MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 04-01-12
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    "Reads Like a 10 Year Old's Dream Journal"
    Would you try another book from Mindy Kaling and/or Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ?

    No. Unless, of course, I suddenly became deeply interested in the inner workings of the mind of a middle school girl.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ?

    I love Mindy Kaling in The Office, but listening to her voice for 4 hours is like a mild form of torture.


    Do you think Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No because, quite frankly, Mindy Kaling is just not interesting. The book starts off witty and entertaining and about halfway through, the whole thing loses steam and then towards the end there is an ENTIRE CHAPTER about how annoying it is when it takes a long time for a guy to tie his shoes. Obviously her comedic writing doesn't translate well into an entire book and a second one would be the worst idea since....well, since Mindy Kaling decided to write a first book.


    Any additional comments?

    This seems like its written by someone who still believes in unicorns and whose favorite color is

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 12-05-11
    Kelley CA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2012

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "From the other side of hang outs"

    Being 50-ish, 'relate' would not come into my experience of the book - and still, when Mindy Kaling courageously breaks down the experience of being horribly let down by a boy, I cried. It's only about 5-10 minutes of the book, but, for me, it was a total deal maker. Other than that, I just found the audio book good company. If you're feeling lonely, ambitious and thwarted, or otherwise dissatisfied, you should give a listen.

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    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-04-14
    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-04-14 Member Since 2015

    My commute is long and the audiobooks are longer. Brevity is not my strong suit. @alyssahoman

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    "Intelligent and Honest"
    Would you listen to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) again? Why?

    I plan on listening to this often. Mindy is honest, relatable and incredibly smart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love autobiographies in general but what makes this one stand out is Mindy. She's definitely a unique personalty with an interesting perspective and voice.


    What about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance did you like?

    Mindy's performance was a bit flat at first compared to her usual persona but she seems to relax into it as it goes on and it's not detrimental to the story. Mike Schur is always a delight to hear.


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

    Less of a moment and more of a theme. It's genuinely nice to hear from a comedian/writer that you don't have to come from some sort of broken childhood to accomplish things. I related a lot to her childhood. She loves her family, excelled academically and was a bit socially awkward. Her love for her friends and family was very relatable and her delivery is so forthright and honest. There's a lot of life experience to learn from and a lot of poignant messages.


    Any additional comments?

    Also check out The Mindy Project. ;)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa United States 12-08-11
    Alexa United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Just okay"

    The content of this book is fairly unoriginal - concerns about weight, stories about not fitting in as a child, some stories about writing for The Office and Saturday Night Live. In terms of content and performance, Tine Fey's Bossypants is much more interesting. Yet Mindy is funny and she does a nice job of reading the book. If you think she is funny, you will probably enjoy listening to this book, but won't be blown away by it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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