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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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    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
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    "Love it!"
    Any additional comments?

    As a HUGE fan of The Office, I was super excited to read this book. I already had the eBook when I saw that Mindy Kaling had actually narrated the audiobook version herself. (so cool! Lol) Anyway, it was exactly what I had expected it to be. Super funny and honest-feeling. It was also smart with some awesome references!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 01-04-12
    Lisa United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Mark Twain

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    "If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen."

    I gave 5 stars for performance and 3 for story. Mindy is very funny, and I like her style, so I liked the book. Like Tina Fey in Bossypants, Mindy writes about things that all women can relate to, and that most women agree with on some level. She does an excellent job of reading (some authors don't do as well as you would want), maybe since she's also an actress. She definitely gave excitement to the reading. Her voice is a little high-pitched, but again, I like Mindy so I enjoyed listening. The male readers were AWESOME and believable.

    I gave 3 for story because she is quite superficial and materialistic, so you'll find those themes running through the entire thing. It's funny, especially if you're being light-hearted about it, but it's not the kind of story that keeps you thinking and expands you as a person. The story itself is pretty forgettable, but it was very fun and enjoyable while it lasted. I'm assuming that was her goal.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Bronwyn North Vancouver, BC, Canada 11-04-11
    Bronwyn North Vancouver, BC, Canada 11-04-11

    bronwynmaye

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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?

    I love it when interesting, funny, & fabulous people write a great book . . . and then narrate it! Getting Mindy's narration and inflection in my head for 4 and a half hours was just that much better than reading the book.


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

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? reminded me of Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. These are both funny memoirs by women I love to watch and read about.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie United States 01-12-12
    Stephanie United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Okay, but hoped for a little more"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you are a fan of Mindy's and enjoy her snappy narration, this is the book for you. Don't get be wrong - I liked it, but somehow, I just thought it would be a little better


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little surprising, but good!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked how she raved about Chappelle's Show. I never had seen it and as a result of her recommendation, have begun watching it in reruns and it is excellent. I also liked her advice to teens about high school/popularity, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I don;t think this book could be made into a movie (as it is a series of stories)


    Any additional comments?

    Mindy did a great job narrating the book and I feel as if I know (and like) her a little better

    7 of 8 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 2006

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 11-05-13
    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 11-05-13
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    "Very Enttertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to be better than the print version?

    This was my first audio book experience and thoroughly enjoyed it.


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

    I really don't have any comparisons, but I imagine this was more like listening to Mindy tell her story and hope other comedy books are as enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I laughed out loud more than once so there isn't really an single favorite moment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    best if you take a couple of breaks, but I finished in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    This wouldn't be a normal book that I would read/listen too, but I'm a fan of Mindy and thought it would be funny and I was correct....lol

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-30-13
    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-30-13

    Long commutes make for great listening time!

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    "I'm Hooked on Mindy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think I picked up this book just looking for the thoughts from that girl from the office, and I feel like I made a new best friend. She's funny. She's insightful. She's kinda like me - only not. Which made this book enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    I couldn't help be laugh when she said the word "excrete" when she was talking about her friend's fantasy of having a passionate night with a sexy stranger without any undies on. I was thinking the exact thing at the exact moment she said it, only laughing! Good times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many favorite scenes. Perhaps may favorites were when she described the different periods of self-growth in her life with different groups of friends. Nothing spectacular about it, but maybe, that's what I identified with most.


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

    I smiled a lot. Ms. Kaling is not as good as other comedians at reading her own writing, but somehow, that seemed appropriate. She still had a great comic appeal, and she seems sometimes to tell a joke while not telling a joke at all. Since I listened to this on my commute into work and sometimes while exercising, I sometimes felt a sense of relief and calmness throughout my body after listening to her which I appreciate. Some chapters I listened to multiple times!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-16-12
    Kelly - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cute!"

    I think if I had read this instead of listening to it, I might have rated it lower. It's a little all over the place. This book benefits greatly from Mindy's narration. She's on-par with Tina Fey in terms of skill - Mindy is funny and very charming and you really get drawn into her stories - though this is definitely no "Bossypants" (and Mindy is quick to point that out in the introduction!) As a fan of "The Office" (although admittedly not lately) and especially Kelly Kapoor, I enjoyed all of the behind-the-scenes stories. And at 4 1/2 hours, it's a perfect shorter listen.

    2 of 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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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