Review: ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ by Mindy Kaling

by Kim on March 13, 2012 · 14 comments

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Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Genre: Essays
Year: 2011
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I’m not sure what to write about Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? except that it was an entirely delightful read.

Mindy Kaling is probably best known as a writer, producer, and actor on NBC’s The Office. But Kaling is also an accomplished Off-Broadway playwright and actress, and just the sort of warm and funny person a reader could want as a friend.

I think there’s this idea that a celebrity memoir is going to be a sort of tell-all, inside look at the shocking life of the Hollywood stars. Kaling’s book was absolutely not that kind of read. The Mindy Kaling in this book is relatable, especially to a bookish and obedient nerd like myself. The book reads very much like a book of advice and embarrassing stories from one friend to another, not a confessional memoir.

The other thing that sticks out to me is the fact that Kaling isn’t afraid to be both smart and girly, to appreciate things like fashion and dating, while still admitting to how much she is looking for a sort of “traditional” relationship. I had to return the book to the library before I wrote this review so I can reference a specific example — which is totally lame, I know — so you’ll just have to trust me I guess.

Anyway, I still stand by my first point: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was a delightful read that I highly recommend.

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