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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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Light and Humorous

Good, short listen to a sarcastic and witty telling of Mindy's life. More of a story than a bio of memoir.

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 05-17-15

Fully on Mindy

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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!

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I love Mindy Kaling.

I love when I listen to books and immediately feel like the author in my best friend. Mindy is the coolest.

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  • Elisabeth
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 07-11-13

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.

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  • Caroline
  • NASHVILLE, TN, United States
  • 07-03-13

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.

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 11-29-12

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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  • Kim
  • Ballwin, MO, United States
  • 07-23-12

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.

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  • Beverly
  • Goleta, California 93117
  • 12-18-11

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.

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  • Alexa
  • United States
  • 12-08-11

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.

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 12-05-11

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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