Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Goodreads 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.

My Review: 
First of all, I didn't really know who Mindy Kaling was until I read this book. I've never seen The Office before, but I was in the mood for a funny memoir. Mindy (and I'll call her Mindy) seems like a TV star you could be friends with. Really, truly. Just seems to have that, "I'm a nice, girl-next-door" kind of vibe going. Now, the book is funny, but not as funny as other funny women memoirs. Also- and lucky for her- she doesn't have any great tragedies that make for a compelling read. Like Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster by Kristen Johnston. So, it's not as compelling as other memoirs. But if you're looking for a fun, light memoir written by a likable author, then this would be a good choice.

Overall Rating: 3 stars

Mindy Kaling's Blog 


1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with your review. I love reading reviews of books I've already read and seeing what other people thought. I've never heard of Guts but it does sound compelling. I'm gonna check it out now!


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