Saturday, August 17, 2013

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

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Published by Crown Archetype; November 1, 2011
Hardcover, 222 pages
Borrowed from library

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.

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I'm never sure how to review a memoir so I tend to not do them but this book was just too funny not to share with you!

I've loved Mindy ever since I found her on Twitter. She's a bit cynical, a bit sarcastic but overall, just a very funny, very lovable person. I watched a few episodes of The Mindy Project and remember laughing so hard by stomach ached like crazy. And that's what happened again with this book! Mindy is hilarious and her voice is distinct. So even though she lives in Hollywood and is basically Twitter royalty, Mindy is able to allow herself to connect to the reader. 

I think I'm going to have to do a Quote Madness for this book. There are too many great quotes that it would be a shame for me to not to make note of them.

One last thing, Mindy, will you be my best friend? Please? 


  1. I loved this book. I don't read very much non-fiction, but made a point to read this one. Mindy Kaling is one of my favourite comedians.

  2. Woah I totally didn't know this is a memoir! It sounds like such a cute, light read. Mindy's voice seems very hilarious and fun to read about, I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Wonderful review, Annie. :)

  3. Mindy really is amazing! I know people enjoyed this one so I'm glad I picked it up!

  4. Thank you, Jen! Mindy is very hilarious and absolutely adorable. I love it when stars are relatable and down-to-earth! :)

  5. I had no idea this was a memoir either! I hadn't heard much about it, but it sounds adorable, heartwarming and relatable, and characters who make you want them for a friend are the best! I'm glad you liked it and I may have to read it too now.

  6. You definitely should! I know I've said this a million times already but Mindy is amazing. And I love her. And everyone should read this book.

  7. Mindy is hilarious on The Mindy Project! Love that show, been wanting to read this for a while but never had the chance to get it. I've heard it's hilarious! So glad you enjoyed it :D

  8. I was so happy when I heard Mindy got her own show because she definitely deserves to shine! I've missed soo many episodes of The Mindy Project so I'll need to catch up big time! Hope you get to this soon! :)

  9. hahahaha I had no idea she had a memoir out either! She was hilarious in the movies This is the End and No Strings Attached. Glad that you had a good laugh, quote madness should be fun :)

  10. I didn't know she was in movies! I'll have to check those two out! Thanks Chantelle! :)