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

Mindy Kaling
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Published November 1, 2011
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Humor
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I listened to the audiobook through Scribd.

“We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you don’t have to make it official. It just is.” pg. 43

Random musings from The Office actress/writer, Mindy Kaling, pre-The Mindy Project.

For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

There is no buzz for a biopic on Mindy Kaling’s life; however, her show, The Mindy Project, mirrors a few of her real-life stories.

I think I should mention upfront that I am a huge Mindy Project fan.  I believe it is honestly one of the best TV shows on the air right now and Fox is an idiot for canceling it.  Because it is definitely impossible to be a fan of the show and not be a fan of Mindy Kaling, I had serious expectations for this book.

I guess I should also admit that I hardly ever read non-fiction.  In fact, this might be the only non-fiction book I’ve ever finished (aside for the ones I had to read for school) on my own accord.

So I don’t know if it’s because I’m not familiar with how memoirs are done or what, but I did not like this book.  And I feel like I’m betraying my homegirl, Mindy Kaling, for saying that but it’s the truth.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a book that has no real central theme (if there was, it was definitely lost on me).  It is just a bunch of random stories pulled together to make 200 pages or so and sold to make profit.

Remember what I said about The Rosie Project (see: review) and how it was spectacular because it was funny without trying so hard to be funny?   Well, Mindy Kaling’s book had some funny moments but because it didn’t relate to an overall theme, it felt like effort (the guys and chest hair part, the guys and shoes–to name a few).

Don’t get me wrong–it wasn’t all horrible.  The beginning held a lot of promise, all the way up to when she moved to Brooklyn and she and her friend wrote the Matt & Ben play.  After that however, the book definitely lost steam.  I wanted to know more about her love life and despite implying that she is a fan of romantic comedies, nothing else was mentioned.  I was hoping to get more of a feel of her experiences but alas, the book ends without it.

I find myself wishing I was best friends with Mindy Kaling, but I can’t help but feel like there isn’t enough material or depth to have this as an actual book and it’s only because it’s MINDY KALING that this was published in the first place.

Mindy Kaling graduated from Dartmouth University.  At 19, she was an intern on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.  (source)

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