Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling


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!

Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey



Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. (From Goodreads.)


Personal Take: I LOVE TINA FEY. The moment I was hooked on her show 30 Rock, I’ve wanted to be Tina Fey. Hell, I still want to be her. And her book is an extension of the hilarious, clever, and random woman. This book isn’t autobiographical, or at least, not chronologically. Fey takes readers through different phases of her life, and adding a humorous narrative throughout the moments she shares. She covers quite a few opinions; on race, feminism, work.

I especially related to her story about balancing work. I don’t know why, but there’s something about an awesome woman admitting that things aren’t always smooth sailing. I’ve learned useful things (like how TV works), and some of the weirdest things as well.

I actually wouldn’t mind re-reading it again.

Audience: Definitely adults. There are some weird stuff in the book, and some swearing too.



Other recommendations: Alas, this is the only book Fey released to date, but if you’re looking for another funny woman to read about, check out Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (also on my list).