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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, Entertaining Read

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I loved the way Mindy tells simple stories and anecdotes in entertaining ways. It was great to listen to her speak about her experiences as a woman, as a writer on The Office and just navigating through life. There is definitely a lot of humour in this book.

However, I did find that the "collection of essays" format became a little annoying. Mindy has a great voice and gives a good performance, but after a while, short story segments varying in length from 2 to 7 minutes just don't make it a compelling audiobook. I felt myself longing for a longer chapter, more linear storytelling and overall themes.

I think this might be better enjoyed as book as she clearly injects a lot of personality into her writing.Nonetheless it was a very light-hearted, enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys her comedy!

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Stayed True to Mindy

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I enjoyed this book so much because Mindy was exactly as anyone could imagine her to be (having never met her) in real life. I feel like we could be best friends based on this book alone. She talked about herself in such a humorous way that I actually had a smile on my face the ENTIRE time. She talked about things that I have personally thought/wondered about. Personal favorites include the section about "hooking up" and a tribute to hairy chests. Thank you Mindy.

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A fun listen

I loved this book, and Mindy's narration made it fun. Found myself laughing out loud at times, would highly recommend.

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Single Adult Truths

Her stories are hers, but i imagine, like me, other adult singles will also relate!

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Very Mindy

This was a really fun book. It's very whimsical and listening to Mindy narrate (I got the audiobook) was a ton of fun and added depth to the writing. It was all worth reading if only for the eulogy for Mindy's future funeral at the end written and narrated by Michael Schur. I was laughing hysterically for this part, although I must admit I laughed during much of this book, but this particular part was absolutely hilarious to me. The part that I related to the most was closer to the end when she talks about dating men v boys. She talks about the merits of both, but how she is at a point in her life where she wants to date men, not boys and I was like... holy crap Mindy. This is exactly how I feel but have never been able to articulate it quite the way she does. Gotta love Mindy haha it's a very relatable read and if you like Mindy you might want to give this book a shot.

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She just so funny

iI just love her and love to hear her speak! great to listen to. it's like the voice in my head!

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Loved it, Mindy is Wonderful!

I've liked Mindy since watching The Mindy Project when it first started and the Office which I discovered only a few months ago (don't worry, I binge watched the whole series) and thought I'd start with her first book after reading a few autobiographies from other females in comedy. I loved every second of it! So many parts of her book reminded me of myself or my friends. Mindy is so relatable, you root for her and you want to be her friend. I can't wait to read her second book...but, I have to read Tina Faye's first because this book is why I started watching 30 Rock. I'm sure Mindy would understand and approve. If you're wondering if you should read or listen to this book, yes! Do it now!

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Loved the books

Loved it so much ordered both audible books. She is funny and eloquent in telling her story.

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very funny

mindy kaling is hilarious! loved it! so glad she was the narrator! full of random funny stories, made me laugh out loud many times!

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Not really all that funny

Not sure if I just had higher expectations, but I didn't find this book the slightest bit entertaining. Sorry Mindy, I thought I'd enjoy, I didn't.