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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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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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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-08-14
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Cute & Entertaining"

    I was hoping for something light and funny to give myself a break from the heavy stuff I've been lost in recently - this clever half-bio / half-monologue did the job nicely. I will say that it was a bit more bubblegum than I normally prefer, but I realize that I'm probably 15 years older than the high-end of her intended demographic, so I tried to keep that in mind when I found myself rolling my eyes too much. The narration was fine but I suggest listening to the sample first - her voice is child-like. For comedy writing, it's not bad - it has profanity, sarcasm, & amusing anecdotes - I would recommend it to young women in their late teens/early twenties without hesitation.

    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 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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    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

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-04-14
    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-04-14

    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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    Aydan Turner 12-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So dumb."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i got nothing out of this book ant and wasn't even the slightest bit funny.


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    Naomi 12-11-14
    Naomi 12-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So Mindy!"
    Would you listen to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) again? Why?

    Yes! I have listened to it many times and continue to enjoy. Mindy does an excellent job to writing about herself in a funny yet informing manner.


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    Lindsay 12-01-14
    Lindsay 12-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Eh...not worth it."
    What would have made Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) better?

    The book just isn't interesting.The topics are mundane and she lacks the absolute humor to pull it off. I know she is a witty and successful person, but she should've waited until she had something more substantive to say before writing a book . There is a "selfie" section, for Pete's sake. It reminded me of listening to that one self-prescribed funny friend drone on and on.


    Has Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all - I'll just stick to authors who have been around longer.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance itself was fine, I guess.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that I wasted a credit on this, then relief because it is so short.


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    brittannya 11-19-14
    brittannya 11-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a good listen. You'll get to know Mindy on a different level than the character of Kelly. Not that I ever thought Mindy would be anything thing like her character on The Office, but she is much more dynamic. Mindy is obviously a talented writer, and listening to this book, rather than reading, really helped the performance part of it come across. Mindy is a great narrator and grabs you with her story (although Micheal Schur's random interjections didn't quite fit in for me).

    Worth the listen.

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