Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

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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...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Crown Archetype
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Catie
Dec 04, 2013 Catie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catie by: Maggie
There’s a passage in this book in which Mindy Kaling laments that she will never be the kind of comedian who can get away with really raunchy humor or jokes about race. (She cites Sarah Silverman and Dave Chappelle as examples.) But, here is what she can get away with: writing a book chock-full of lists and stories all about how she’s basically (in her words) a “vain flake” and still coming across as a kind, intelligent woman and an excellent best friend.

I kind of wish that Mindy Kaling were my...more
Jessi
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I APPLAUD it and Endorse it!

I LOVED this book, Mindy is just a funny gal who is pretty in check with reality. I have trouble writing a review for a book I love. I feel I just wont do it justice. Mindy makes hilarious observations in numerous essays that fill this joy of a book. Instead of trying to articulate what this is and what I find funny I thought I would grab some random quotes as a recommendation.

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“I’m the kind of person who would rather get my hopes up really high and watch them...more
Shannon Lee
Audiobooks can be dangerous. During a recent road trip in which I listened to this audiobook, I had plenty of time to consider the pros and cons of vehicular suicide. Pro: I would be relieved of Mindy Kaling's screechy voice and vacuous musings forever. Con: I would never again be able to eat cheese. My instinct for survival prevailed. Barely. I suffered through this book in its entirety, so that I would be able to write a justifiably flaming review.

Ms. Kaling's book follows a painfully predicta...more
traci
mindy kaling - writer, star of the office - suffers from never having cancer or living in iran for any part of her life. which simply means this: it's hard to write a memoir that lasts more than 70 pages. so they call it a book of essays, which is fine, and she does a good job with most of them. but then she's only up to 150 pages and she's fucked. so she goes to her phone and flips through her photos and thinks, hey, i could just write about these, and other bullshit like it, to satisfy a respe...more
V. Briceland
A quick warning about an otherwise good book: the last third of The Office writer Kaling's memoir is a scattershot, hit-or-miss affair. With short essays like "Why Do Men Put on Their Shoes So Slowly?" and "In Defense of Chest Hair", which graze their topics no more deeply than the titles suggest, Kaling almost sounds like she's half-heartedly trying out for the late and perpetually cranky Andy Rooney's vacated gig on 60 Minutes.

It's a shame, because the first two-thirds of Kaling's effort is an...more
Tanu Das
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AND ITS NOT MINDY KALING’S FAULT! OR AT LEAST NOT TOTALLY HER FAULT.

TV and I are not best friends. Sure, I own a TV, but it’s more like a piece of furniture in my living rooms. Hindi sitcoms are royally crappy and wildly unrealistic, news channels seem mostly concerned with celebrity gossip, even channels like Discovery and National Geography have been commercialized.

So basically, I and TV have had minimal interaction in the past years.

Anyway! Point is, as a result of the aforeme...more
Nicole
Jan 14, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Ok, I officially have a girl crush on Mindy Kaling. She is just so cool. I love the fact that she is completely honest about all her failings and even embraces them. This would definitely be the type of person I would want to be friends with. This book was extremely funny and a light, easy read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh. I especially loved her list for alternate titles to the book (The Girl with No Tattoo, Harry Potter Secret Book #8... hilarious).

By far m...more
Margot
I'm not usually one to read celebrity biographies and/or memoirs, but come on—this is Mindy's book we're talking about here. OF COURSE I was going to read it.

I love how she goes from hilarious to serious and back to hilarious in a very smooth manner. She shamelessly shares her BlackBerry pics with us, tells us about her life before and during The Office (is Rainn Wilson really her frenemy?), and a lot more. Like my friend Meli said, this book was all over the place, which I absolutely think sep...more
Joel
This book is best read on a day when you need some light, distracting entertainment, say like when you were up half the night because your infant daughter has a chest cold and then you were rushing around the house trying to find your keys because you were late for your appointment at the mechanic and then you realized they were actually locked inside the garage, which you can only open with that one key that is now inside the green car, which was a stupid place to leave it.

It can be read in abo...more
Rachel
I laughed out loud so many times!

As a person who has seen every episode of the office more than once (okay, fine, more than 5 times) I already think Mindy Kaling, writer and actor who plays character Kelly Kapoor, is really funny.

(I want to throw out a WARNING about this book, similar to what I did when I read and reviewed Tina Fey's Bossypants - If you already don't like Mindy Kaling, if you already don't like The Office, if you already hate female comedians, etc, you probably won't like this...more
Liza
The moment I finish my literature review I am going to the bookstore to purchase this, because I need to read something that makes me laugh more than articles about amytrophic lateral sclerosis.

And no, I did not laugh while reading/writing about ALS. I'm not the worst person in the world.
Lucy
To quote the author: “This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”

Except it took about two and a half hours tops. It's a cute book and I recommend it to anyone whose pushing through to a book goal count for the year. It's not really a biography -- just little snapshots of an interesting life and the fortunate chances she's been given. Kaling is proud of all the work she put int...more
Mollie
I'm sorry to say that once you've read Tina Fey's Bossypants... it's kind of like a waste of time to read any other female comedienne (that's the correct word, I just learned) memoir. Not that they all have the same story to tell (but in my experience, they sort of do: "I was so dorky in high school, didn't kiss a boy that wasn't related to me until college, worked my ass off at writing comedy on my own time, then, all of a sudden, NBC came a courtin' - It can happen for any smart girl out there...more
ayrdaomei
I picked up this audiobook, along with a couple others, to keep me company on a recent drive from Baltimore to Pittsburgh and back (4 hours each way). I am ashamed to admit I let early lukewarm critical reviews keep me from picking up a hard copy of Mindy's book, even though a few people I know had read it and enjoyed it. But, bygones! I don't know if I would have liked the book as much if I'd read it traditionally, but it was an excellent choice for a solo drive through Western Maryland and the...more
Lisa
Of all the books I've read in the past few months, this is the book that has me wondering several things. A) How did it get so much pre- and post-release publicity and b) why do so many people like it? No offense, but this book can't hold a candle to 'Bossypants'by Tina Fey, or 'Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea'By Ms. Handler or 'I know You Are, But What Am I' by Samantha Bee. Or any number of funny-memoir type books I've read. Which is weird, because I usually finish a book like this no mat...more
Eric Lin
Yes.
Patrick Brown
Nov 03, 2011 Patrick Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of the Office, people who love good comic writing
Shelves: best-of-2011
I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps that's because I wear straight-leg dark wash jeans and use Bumble and Bumble hair product (both endorsed by Mindy Kaling). Or perhaps it's because it's a smart book of comic essays. Probably a little of both.

My favorite essay, I think, is the titular essay, about her high school posse of friends and the moment she knew she was drifting away from them. If you can't relate to that essay, I suspect you went to one of those boarding schools in Switzerland. with t...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Mar 10, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of humorous autobiography
A book that delivers exactly on its premise, nothing more, nothing less. I honestly hadn’t known who Kaling was before picking this up at a friend’s house (being an indifferent watcher of television) but I enjoyed her writing. As a rough autobiography, it’s filled with short vignettes from the timeline of her life interspersed with lists relating to her life at that moment. A section on high school and discovering a distant friend was a mutual comedy fan led to a chapter on best moments in comed...more
Amanda
I really loved this book, but I do think it's important to remember two things before you begin reading it: 1) This is not an autobiography or some sort of commentary on the world/women/ television and 2) Mindy Kaling is NOT Tina Fey. Therefore, this book is NOT like Tina Fey's book. And vice versa. Their personalities are very different (because they're not the same person! shocking, right?), their shows are completely different. One cannot be the measure of the other. To do so is cruel and int...more
Keri
I'd never heard of Mindy Kaling but now know she is or was on The Office and was one of its writers, and also wrote for SNL and other shows. She's a comedian, and a very funny one. I believe she has a show coming out called The Mindy Project. Anyway, I didn't know who she was but downloaded this from my library and really enjoyed it. You can't help but like someone who starts out with "Thank you for buying this book. Or, if my publisher's research analytics are correct, thank you, Aunts of Ameri...more
Chrissy
Things I Learned From Mindy Kaling:
1. "Obeseotron: A nickname you give to someone you adore who has just stepped on your foot accidentally, and it hurts. Alternatively, a fat robot."
2. My adamant & unyielding crush on Amy Poehler and Amy/Will does not make me creepy. Okay, maybe it does, but Mindy and I can be creepy together.
3. Joey Fatone from 'N Sync's last name is "Fat One."
4. Beysus is a legitimate entity.
5. I am not crazy for laughing so hard I peed a little (lizzed~~) when I watched t...more
Jenny
This is like rating two seperate books. The first part of this book focuses on Mindy's childhood, college, early career in New York and move to Hollywood - it's hilarious and honest and worthy of 5 stars. I constantly made people listen to me read sections from it and I couldn't wait to recommend it to everyone I knew.

Then the second half of the book happened. This is two stars. Just short weird rambling chapters that read like blog entries. Mindy suddenly seems less likeable and more like a spo...more
Monica!
The important thing to remember when reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is that this isn’t actually a biography. I don't know if I was confusing this with Bossypants, or what, but the book is actually just a collection of short little stories / observances / unrequested advice / lists / etc. that are cobbled together in not much of an order.

It’s also complete, utter fluff (author-admitted fluff, even: “This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink...more
Heather
I am endlessly fascinated by the brand of Mindy Kaling, by the way she’s able to publicly position herself outside the Hollywood Machine while very much existing inside the Hollywood Machine. It’s such a coveted ability; every politician in America would set his/her own hair on fire to be able to pull off that whole "I come from you, not to you" thing. I find her clever and charming in interviews and on Twitter, and I got a whole week’s worth of giggles recently from her impromptu Today Show Boo...more
nicole
Feb 02, 2012 nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: all ladies everywhere!
Recommended to nicole by: Lindsey
Short review: Super-duper feel-good funny book. Loved it and can't wait to share it with... every gal I know. Pretty much.

And in a few more words: If you don’t know anything about Mindy Kaling, or you don’t like her character Kelly Kapoor on The Office, or think she is her character Kelly Kapoor on The Office and are therefore expecting this to be a bunch of TMZ gossip/Hollywood garbage, or (like me, tbh) you just don’t watch The Office anymore.. WHO CARES READ THIS ANYWAY! In Kaling’s own words...more
Kate
Dec 06, 2011 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of The Office
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
Oh Mindy, Mindy, Mindy...you started out so good with this one and then half way through you just kind of fell apart girl. Is it that you're still too closely tied to these memories to be objective about them yet?

I really would like to know because for the first half of the book I was hanging on her every word, found her absolutely adorable and hysterically funny like when she talks about fad diets and says "It's only a matter of time before the Jane Austin Diet comes out, and I'm really lookin...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Quick confessional: 1. I am unequivocally in love with David Brent, therefore I have never cheated on him and watched even one episode of the American version of The Office. 2. The only thing I had ever seen Mindy Kaling in was that Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman movie that I can’t even remember the name of, but that I know I liked better when Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis were the stars.

That being said, I wanted to read a funny comedian book and have already been through Tina Fey, Kathy Gri...more
Melero Guerrisa
I base my liking of female celebrities on whether or not we would be good friends if we met

I have been watching Mindi's new show "The Mindi Project" and I think its funny, quirky and entertaining. This led me to believe that (in a parallel universe) Mindi could become my good friend.

She is part of a minority, around my age and wears the same size as me. (Size 8) . To me, those similarities are the basis of an awesome friendship.

So, I was disappointed when after reading her book I realized we do...more
Kate
I picked up Mindy Kaling's book as research for my lecture on books with alternative structures. The mix of lists, photos, script segments and micro essays caught my eye. The book isn't badly written but it is prosaic. I bought it hoping that the comedy writer, the Dartmouth graduate, would provide some context, some depth, and some really powerful insight into comedy writing, her life, or hollywood. Perhaps my hopes for the book were too grandiose given that the cover is mostly pink. Instead, a...more
Casey
Jan 07, 2012 Casey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I do not like The Office. I think it's a mediocre sitcom with something occasionally funny in it. I had not considered that before reading this book from one of the writers of the show; I thought I'd enjoy this because a bunch of my friends enjoyed it. A bunch of friends who probably like watching The Office. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who doesn't like The Office, in the same way I wouldn't recommend Bossypants to anyone who doesn't like 30 Rock.

And she made me laugh more than once; I w...more
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American actress & writer who stars on the popular NBC sitcom, The Office. She graduated from the Cambridge private school Buckingham Browne & Nichols in 1997, then began attending Dartmouth College.
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