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?”
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. (from Goodreads)
Personal Take: After reading this book, I feel guilty about one thing– that I’m not a fan of Mindy Kaling’s show. Nothing against her, I just didn’t click with the show. Which is too bad, because Mindy herself is an interesting person. Much of her childhood is very relatable, and her stories of friendships, work and just the mundane thoughts of everyday life varies between absolute hilarity to solemn truths. The wonderful thing about this book is how it encourages girls to be who they are, as that is what makes a girl beautiful.
I did wish Mindy was more specific in some chapters; more of her career, for example, or writing. Most of the time, it felt like she skimmed certain stories for the sake of humor. Her lists were entertaining though.
I enjoyed reading this book, if only to reassure myself that success comes to those who do things differently, and that even successful people waffle when doing work.
Audience: This book is definitely for teen girls and above.
Other recommendations: Mindy wrote a second book called Why Not Me? which I’ll be reading sometime next year!