It’s not often that someone other than my bestie, a couple of other close friends, and the blogging community suggest I read a book. So I was intrigued when a not very close friend recommended Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. And it’s Mindy Kaling. What’s not to like?
I don’t often read so-called funny books. Or celebrity memoirs. I honestly wouldn’t have chosen this book on my own. But I’m super glad I read it. Mindy is not your typical celebrity. She’s ridiculously down to earth and humble. I get the feeling that she still can’t quite believe how awesome her life is.
I loved the structure of the book. It was more like a collection of essays than a single narrative, which made it much more interesting. I think that a narrative would have gotten old, but Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is about so much more than the story of her life. The book also gives a little peek into the mind of an extremely talented writer. It was wonderful to read a celebrity book that was actually written by the celebrity. And written well. Be still my heart!
All of that isn’t even the best part. I don’t usually laugh or cry when I read books. They have to be really special to lead to an outward expression of emotion. I laughed out loud several times as I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
I probably won’t go out and read Tina Fey’s or Amy Poehler’s books, but I still really enjoyed Mindy’s. I think you will too. Just do me a favor. Don’t hang out without me. I’ve already got a complex about such things.
P.S. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is the funny book for the Ultimate Reading Challenge.