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

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.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Ashley

    Might have to read this based on title alone. I’m pretty sure everyone IS hanging out without me!

    1. Leila

      Yeah, well only because you’re in ND. The moment you move back we’ll definitely be hanging out with you!

  2. Ashley

    Well, I’m not getting notifications of replies to my comments here any more. I think your website is trying to tell me something about just how unloved I am!

    1. Leila

      You know that’s not true! I’ll fix it.

  3. Ashley

    Still not getting comment notifications, BUT – I listened to the audiobook of this. It was enjoyable. I have also listened to Bossypants, though not recently. I think I liked this one better. High school Mindy reminded me of me. Not exactly, but generally. This book made me think of you, too, at several points.

    I think it is interesting that neither Mindy nor Tina seems to have been the class-clown/cool kid/party animal type. It makes me have hope for the world.

    Also interesting is that I’ve watched approximately zero seconds of Mindy Kaling acting ever, and barely more than that of Tina Fey, but I have now listened to both of their books.

    1. Leila

      How did the book make you think of me? She reminded me of me in high school as well. I agree that it’s pretty cool that Mindy wasn’t a cool kid. Makes me like her more. And you should totally watch something Mindy is in. She’s awesome.

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