Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I received Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) as a gift from someone who loves The Office as much as I do.

From the book jacket:

“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.”

I loved this book! It was funny, but not too over the top. I love Mindy and like many people, I wasn’t familiar with her early work. Mindy does a great job to categorizing her life into major milestones, whether good or bad, in a humorous, factual manner. As someone who wasn’t the most popular girl, I really connected with Mindy as she dove into her early childhood, the friendships she developed and how it’s a great thing when you don’t peak in high school.

I also love her drive! Mindy is a great example of how drive and determination and sometimes not being sure of what you are doing is okay. You just dust yourself off and keep going on in the pursuit of reaching your dreams. I was just tickled when I found out she was the writer behind my favorite episode of The Office! The Dundies! If you haven’t seen that episode, I suggest you watch it immediately. Season 2 Episode 1.

Mindy’s witty insight into life is great. Her take on one-night stands (which I totally agree with) made me laugh so hard. But my favorite chapter was the one in which she outlines the rules of best friends. I agree with every word she wrote.

If you are looking for an easy beach read for the summer months that will leave you feeling good, this is the book for you! Have you read Mindy’s book or the book of any other female funny ladies? What did you read and what did you learn?

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