Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Year Published: 2011

Genre: Adult non-fiction
Pages: 222
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)USA (New York and Los Angeles)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from Amazon): 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 thing about this then I swear I shut up about this."

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. Mindy takes 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.

Review: I went to Powell's in Portland, Oregon this past weekend and this is one of the books I bought. To be honest, she intrigues me and I don't know why. And, it's a paperback so I new I could carry it home along with the other books I bought. Terrible reason to buy a book, I know. But, guess what? I really, really enjoyed this book and finished it in two days.

The book is a collection of individual chapters or essays, all of which are not connected. She talks about college, comedy, romance (or a lack thereof), eating, fashion, shopping, friends, jobs, and mistakes she's made. She doesn't make any excuses for herself, which is refreshing.

My favorite chapter/essay is the one on how to approach popularity in high school. She talks about how she hung out with a small group of girls and had a great time not being part of the popular crowd and how it hasn't hurt her in the long run (obviously). In general this book is a breath of fresh air because it is sarcastic, funny, and she isn't pumping herself up to be perfect and wonderful, just a real person. She seems like the kind of person I'd like to hang out with and have my daughter meet.

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