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

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  1. Ariel R. Says:

    Summary: This book is a compilation of stories from comedic actress and writer Mindy Kaling. She discusses “being Indian [and] being chubby” as integral parts of her childhood, as well as her love of comedy, which she reinforces throughout the book. Along with her childhood, Kaling talks about her friends, living in New York, her many jobs before getting hired as a writer, how she writes, romance and guys, her appearance, and her future. One of my favorite parts of the book are the witty, original lists Kaling include, such as “ways I’d love to be famous” (Kaling 59), “Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities” (Kaling 80), and “Types of Women in Romantic Comedies Who Are Not Real” (Kaling 99). She very easily integrates comedy into the descriptions of her life, making it so reading her memoir is as entertaining as watching one of the shows she wrote or acted in.

    Evaluation: I really enjoyed this book. I was already quite smitten with Kaling based on her roles in The Office and The Mindy Project as well as her real life personality. This book only made me like her more. It really cemented her interesting and empowering life as a woman of color in the world of comedy and increased my admiration for her. Kaling’s stories and comedic insights are very relatable and funny. She is witty, clever, and all around entertaining to read about. Her voice comes right through the pages in a way I think many authors are never able to achieve. This made her book very authentic and even more entertaining. I usually don’t like nonfiction, but reading this book was almost like watching a TV comedy. I look forward to reading her other two books!

    Rating: 5 Stars

    Recommendations: Bossypants by Tina Fey and Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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