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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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    Caroline NASHVILLE, TN, United States 07-03-13
    Caroline NASHVILLE, TN, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    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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    Pam United States 04-13-13
    Pam United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2007

    Science writer in America's heartland

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    A light read, and especially funny read by the author. I liked hearing about how she worked her way to success in Hollywood.

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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.

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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

    10 of 16 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. ;)

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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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    Jin Jing Medfield, MA USA 11-18-14
    Jin Jing Medfield, MA USA 11-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "As a young adult, this was very relatable!!!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy obviously- she's hilarious. Every chapter was so fun to listen to.


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

    It made me laugh pretty hard.


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    christy Plano, TX, United States 10-30-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "It is like she is in my head..."

    You know those random thoughts that bounce around in your head? Mindy Kaling has put them down in this book and makes you laugh at them. Not just laugh, but stare at them under the microscope, so you realize that everyone has similar random thoughts and those thoughts are RIDICULOUS. None of us are as funny, dumb, fat, skinny or bright as we thought we were and we basically have no idea where we will end up. Just enjoy the ride and LAUGH.

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    Lindsay Rose 10-27-14 Member Since 2014

    When I die, put my ashes into an hourglass at a comedy club. When people ask about it, the staff can say, "That's Lindsay doing 5 minutes."

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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    The best way to describe this book is: "Fun!"
    Don't expect anything overwhelmingly 'deep' from this one. Topics include grade school friendships and dramas, camp tales, weight loss, weight gain, her love of trendy diets, parents, the photoshoot process, a bad LA neighborhood, The Office, being a comedy writer, SNL, guys, dating, and more. I mean this all in a good way though-- sometimes a light, fun listen is just what you need. Mindy's stories, lists, recounts, and essays are all interesting and amusing. This book was just a good time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved her stories about The Office and her brief guest writer's spot on SNL. Also, as someone who would like to do the same, I enjoyed hearing about her move to New York.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To give them titles, my favorites are 'The Amy Poehler Story' and 'Mindy vs. The Sample Sizes'. I'm not giving anything away!


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    MM 10-04-14
    MM 10-04-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Too soon. She's a bigger star to herself than us."
    What was most disappointing about Mindy Kaling’s story?

    I just don't think this lady has enough experience to write such a memoir. A lot of it was about funniest moments in comedy that she wanted to recount. This should be more of a podcast. She's no Tina Fey (yet?).


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    "Wonderful easy listen- like listening to a friend"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing about Mindy's childhood and her early career.


    Have you listened to any of Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of her other performances, but I have to say that I love her voice. It's very friendly, happy and so distinctive that I can still hear her narration, even after finishing the book.


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