Monday, April 10, 2017

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaing


Star Rating : 4 out of 5
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Content Rating : MODERATE
Back Cover :
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 Thoughts :
I started reading this book for no particular reason. I wanted something funny. And this book made me laugh.

Mindy Kaling is a great female comic. I know there is a lot of hype about Amy Schumer. Honestly, she’s a little too crude for me. I wouldn’t mind it; except, she always seems like she’s trying hard to be the girl that guys think is a bro and it’s weird. Mindy doesn’t hide her femininity and it doesn’t make her any less funny. She is honest about her life in a way that is refreshing. She shows people that living and working in LA is not as glamourous as all us normal people think. She gets it.

This book covers everything in her life thus far, from her hilarious childhood being the chubby, androgynous daughter of two very smart and successful Indian immigrants (her mother is an OB/GYN, her father is an architect), to college and moving to New York, and to moving to LA to pursue writing jobs. She even has a whole chapter on The Office. I, in all my ignorance about everything pop culture, did not know that she was a full time writer for The Office. Well, now I know, and now I know that she wrote the whole episode where Michael Scott grills his foot, and I love her even more for it.

The content rating is MODERATE just because she uses a few f-bombs. While she does talk about sex, it’s nothing explicit. The chapter where she talks about her confusion about one night stands is actually one of my favorites. I would 100% recommend this book to a friend.  

What I liked :
  • The Writing: I felt like Mindy was having a conversation with me. She is most obviously a writer because every story felt real and funny and now I just want to be her friend. She also doesn’t go off on random rambles. If the chapter is about how long it takes for guys to put their shoes on, she will only talk about that (I’m not making this up, that is legit a whole chapter. And it’s hilarious).
  • The Stories: In my limited experience with attempting to read nonfiction books, I’ve tried to read three other books written by celebrities, and this is the first and only one I’ve finished. I’m not entirely sure why, but Mindy’s stories resonated with me even though I have never actually shared a tiny New York apartment with my two closest friends.
  • The Authenticity: Mindy is weird. She admits that. But she is not self-deprecating to the point that I think she needs help. She points out her character flaws in a funny way and moves on. She also doesn’t try to hide the fact that, while she is a hard worker, a lot of things in her life happened by chance.

What I didn’t like :

  • Some of the chapter topics: This is her book and she can choose what she wants to write about, but a few of the chapter topic were the only things I didn’t like about the book. Which did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. This book got me through many boring afternoons at work.

What Others Are Saying :

 “She’s like Tina Fey’s cool little sister. Or perhaps… the next Nora Ephron.” —The New York Times 

“The fashion opinions of Kelly Kapoor mixed with a Miss Manners-esque advice column.” —EW.com
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“If you love Kelly and think the three minutes or so allotted her on episodes of The Office are too few, you can take home Mindy.” —The New Yorker

“Is anyone else kind of sold on the genius title alone?” —Nylon

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is hilarious and relatable—just like Kaling’s classic Tweets.” —Ladies Home Journal





Reviewed by Lydia Jones

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