Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Time taken to read: 4 days
Goodreads synopsis: 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.
For the past couple of months, TV has not interested me. I’ve barely touched Netflix, and I’m nowhere near caught up on The Big Bang Theory. However, last week I discovered The Mindy Project, and I got completely hooked. I mentioned this to a friend who said that she is also obsessed and has both of Mindy’s books, and she let me borrow this one.
I absolutely loved reading about Mindy’s time with The Office. Kelly Kapoor was one of my favorite characters (after Gabe, who I like so much mainly because nobody likes him), and I had no idea that she wrote and directed several episodes. Mindy’s rise to success was I think less inspiring than she meant it to be, however. It kind of seemed like her and her friend’s little skits made her incredibly successful practically overnight, and that did not make me feel hopeful in my plans of being successful in a creative career. That being said, the majority of the book was very funny, and Mindy’s voice was so clear, I felt like she was reading it out loud to me. A lot of people on Goodreads have criticized the little essays about random things like how guys take forever to put on their shoes, but I thought those were incredibly funny and well-placed. The one about guys’ shoes was especially great because it’s actually so true. My boyfriend has to factor in an extra five minutes in his morning routine for the time it takes to put on his boots, no lie. Anyway, the thing that brought my rating down to a 4 instead of a 5 was the number of times the word “r*pe” was used in the book, which really put me off. I thought that as a woman, Mindy would understand that that topic does not belong anywhere in comedy. Still, the rest of the book was very funny, and I will certainly be reading her second book.
Just before this book, I attempted to read a book called 150 Pounds by Kate Rockland. I couldn’t get past the first 50 pages, so I can’t write a review on it, but I thought I would mention quickly that the idea is interesting, but the writing is so poor that I didn’t even get to see the idea begin to unfold. That probably had something to do with the unnecessarily long conversations that didn’t even need to be included in the first place let alone the length that they are.