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
Science writer in America's heartland
A light read, and especially funny read by the author. I liked hearing about how she worked her way to success in Hollywood.
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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If you like Mindy Kaling's brand of humor, you will enjoy this book. It is full of both her special embrace of American consumerism and cross-generational view from between GenX and the Millennials. Great listen!
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.
Yes, Mindy narrating made this book!
Funny, easy, short. Perfect for a day at the beach as long as you don't mind laughing out loud.
This is laugh out loud funny! I've listened to it on long drives twice in two months and it was great both times.
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.
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.
I was definitely grinning in my car all the way to Iowa. I'm sure the people passing me though I was an idiot.
On my second listen, my husband was in the car. Even though this is a very female-centric book, he really enjoyed it too.
For genre,right next to BossyPants and Born Standing Up
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.
Same question as above??? Although I loved Michael Schur's obituary- outrageous
This is not a book for a film.
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.
No. Unless, of course, I suddenly became deeply interested in the inner workings of the mind of a middle school girl.
I love Mindy Kaling in The Office, but listening to her voice for 4 hours is like a mild form of torture.
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.
This seems like its written by someone who still believes in unicorns and whose favorite color is
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
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.
My commute is long and the audiobooks are longer. Brevity is not my strong suit. @alyssahoman
I plan on listening to this often. Mindy is honest, relatable and incredibly smart.
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.
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.
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.
Also check out The Mindy Project. ;)
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