I was planning on reading this book a few months ago but guess what. Life got in the way, yet again. So the other day, I had nothing happening so I curled up in bed with this book and read it. I have always found Mindy Kaling hilarious and I was hoping to have the same level of hilarious in her book. This book had just that. Welcome to a spoiler-free review of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.
Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Published: September 18, 2012
Pages: 222 (Paperback)
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.
About the Author: Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project,” which she also writes and executive produces.
Before “The Mindy Project,” Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”
In 2011, Mindy penned the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s best-seller lists. Mindy’s second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 and launched at #1 on the New York Times’ best-seller list.
In 2005, Mindy made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd’s unwanted affections in Judd Apatow’s THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Most recently, Mindy lent her voice to the character Disgust in the Oscar-winning Pixar animated film INSIDE OUT alongside Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and was seen in THE NIGHT BEFORE alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She will next begin production on OCEAN’S 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.
Mindy was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In 2014, she was named one of Glamour’s women of the year.
Mindy Kaling has always been a little different from the people that has been around her. She hasn’t been afraid to be her true self. She isn’t afraid to hear what other people say about her. Mindy’ life hasn’t been easy though. Mindy Kaling takes you through her life with her memoir about how she has gotten to where she is today, well 2011. Mindy will keep you thinking about your life and how you are special to someone.
I was laughing through this whole entire book. And it is giving me, even more of reason to go and watch The Office. I know, I can’t believe I haven’t watched it either. I like to think that the writing style of this novel comes from the fact that she writes so many scripts because it reads like a movie. This book is upbeat, light, and heartwarming. You honestly don’t feel like you are reading a book with it. You feel like Mindy Kaling is standing next to you, telling her story.
The novel is split up into several different ‘essays’ that all lead into the big point of the book. I love that about this book. Do you know how many memoirs I read that have no organization or flow to them? It was almost like the author just wanted to put words on a page and expect to get money. With this book, you could tell that Mindy Kaling was not going to disappoint us. Yes, there were a few chapters that I could have lived without but that was just because I wasn’t interested or completely understood what was happening. Overall, the structure of the book was amazing and I can’t wait to pick up another one of her works.
You could tell how much fun Mindy Kaling had while writing this book when you read it. Other than all the heart and soul that went into it, you could see the love. She made sure that she added details and made sure that the reader understood completely. There were a few times that I noticed that the same piece of information was repeated over and over again but other than that, we just had a few grammar issues. These grammar issues were probably overlooked by many people but they sort of stuck out to me. There were probably only about five of them but it was something I kept wondering why they didn’t do something with them during the editing.
If you are looking for a short, fast, easy read this was the book. I sort of felt like I was falling into a reading slump and I wanted a book that would sort of get me out of it. This book did that. I have been told by many people that this book was hilarious and amazing so I gave it the try. It did just that. If you have just finished a really good book and you want to read something but you don’t know what, this is your book. It is funny and just heartfelt. And no matter what Mindy Kaling might say at the beginning of the book, it is surely influential.
Overall, I would have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5. This has to be one of the best-written memoirs and has to be the funniest. Something about it is just so real and just personal that I haven’t read in a while. If you are a fan of comedic novels, or Mindy Kaling herself, you should go and find this book. You look for this one while I’ll look for her other book.
Have you read this book? What did you think about the book? Have you read Mindy Kaling’s other book? What did you think about it? Are you into books like this? Should I go ahead and watch The Office since I read this book? Are you a fan of The Office? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!