Late to the Party: Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Book Cover Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling
Humor
Crown Pub
2011
222

Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most. From her favorite types of guys to life in the "The Office" writers' room, her book is full of personal stories and laugh-out-loud philosophies.

Mindy Kaling is taking over the world with her honest, if slightly awkward, sense of humor. And, as per usual, I totally missed the boat. I know, I’m the 80-year-old version of a twenty-something. Get used to it, folks.

I have been in a reading rut for about a year now. I enjoyed the first two Enchanted, Inc. books, which I wrote about here, but after that…*crickets.* However, I recently went on a dream vacation to Scotland, and I figured I was going to need some reading material for my 10-hour flights.

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So I finally got around to reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Holy guacamole! Where the heck has Mindy Kaling been all my life? Obviously, she’s been tearing up Hollywood for the past several years, but I was oblivious.

This book is a series of essays about a variety of topics, from how Mindy grew up to her opinion on men’s fashion. It gives a thorough description of how she got her start in comedy, as well as how she caught her “big break” in show business.

When I was reading IEHOWM I felt like I was Lizzie McGuire, and Mindy was my inner voice (cartoon embodiment optional). Mindy just gets it, you know? Everything she says is so on point. Her writing voice is what I aspire to develop, conversational wit with the perfect amount of sarcasm and sass thrown in.

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My favorite part of IEHOWM is definitely the section on relationships. I’ve never read an author who has essentially the same views on dating and sex as me. Mindy says all the things I wish I could, and she does so in a way that is completely genuine and endearing.

She also has great story-telling ability, which I guess is good since she is a TV writer. There’s just something about the way she describes people that makes you feel like you know them, or that you would like to.

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Overall, I give Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? two big thumbs up!

It’s funny, it’s relatable, and it will leave you wishing Mindy Kaling is one of your besties. So curl up with a glass of wine and your most cuddly throw blanket, and read. this. book.

Oh, and while you’re at it, leave some reading suggestions for me in the comments, will you? I’m desperate!

 

xx Katie

 

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