Monday, October 24, 2016

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

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Genres: Nonfiction, Humor, Memoir
Publication date:
Nov 01, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Format: Audiobook - 4 hours, 37 minutes
How I got it: My public library
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5

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 last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

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!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites 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. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

My thoughts:

I listened to the audio version of Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).   The audio version is narrated by Mindy and it is great listen! 

The book is split into many smaller chapters that are easy to follow along with while Mindy is narrating the book.  So there are a lot of natural stopping points in the book.  The audio flowed very well and it was super easy to listen too.

The book follows along Mindy's life from child to adult.   The story is really a coming to adulthood memoir with a lot of funny anecdotes mixed in between.  It explains what struggles Mindy has met in her life and her career.  It also shows how dedicated she is to her career in writing and comedy. 

I think one of the funniest parts is towards the end when Mindy is discussing movies that she would like to remake and the all female Ghostbusters, which actually happened and had a lot of controversy like she mentioned.

The story does have a lot of current event mentions as well as references to the Office.  I watched a lot of The Office, but not every episode and I still was able to appreciate that section of the book.   She mentions names of cast members, but you don't need to know exactly who they are to appreciate what she is talking about during this section.   When reading memoirs I try and ignore the names sometimes I don't know because the story is the funny part and what we get to learn about Mindy in those sections. 

Mindy shows a lot of growth in this book.  I enjoyed getting to hear about how she began her career and how it wasn't easy in the beginning.  I also really loved the section on the Irish good-bye because I feel like everyone has been in that situation where you want to leave, but saying good-bye to everyone feels like it might take forever.

I would suggest this as a great read/listen to at night.  I really enjoyed the humor that came through the audio with Mindy reading it and it was perfect to unwind at the end of the day.   The book has a lot of funny anecdotes to keep you entertained. 

About the Author

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project," which she also writes and executive produces.

Before "The Mindy Project," Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”

In 2011, Mindy penned the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s best-seller lists. Mindy’s second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 and launched at #1 on the New York Times’ best-seller list.  

In 2005, Mindy made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd's unwanted affections in Judd Apatow’s THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Most recently, Mindy lent her voice to the character Disgust in the Oscar-winning Pixar animated film INSIDE OUT alongside Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and was seen in THE NIGHT BEFORE alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She will next begin production on OCEAN’S 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.

Mindy was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In 2014, she was named one of Glamour’s women of the year.
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  1. FOMO is so real though! I am actually one of those people that hasn't watched The Office, but I've definitely heard of Mindy and I adore her. I'm glad you really enjoyed this book, especially the humor!

    Great review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I totally agree on FOMO!! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I really wish I hadn't given this book away (at a YARD SALE no less!) and that I HAD given it a second chance. I was having trouble getting into it, and then I gave up, and now I regret it. Because I DO enjoy Mindy, and everyone I know loves the darn thing! She seems SO relatable! Though I DO think this could be a decent book to try in audio, so many I will one of these days! Awesome review!

    1. Oh man! I do think the audio might have made it even better as her narrating made it so her. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I loved this book!! The audio was fantastic and such a fun listen. I forgot about the Ghostbusters part!! Great review!


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