Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Length: 222 pages, Hardcover
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 5 Folded Pages

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.

I love Mindy Kaling. I’ve wanted to be her best friend since I watched the first episode of Mindy. This book only supports my need to be her best friend.

Kaling is witty and hilarious but also vulnerable in this short book of her rise to writing for The Office. Some parts had me actually laughing out loud. I also really wished I had someone next to me to share some of the funnier bits with.

One aspect I absolutely loved about the book, is that Kaling knows mostly young girls will be reading it. She didn’t try imparting advice though and actually advised against any advice she might give. She also talking about being a normal sized to chubby sized woman in the entertainment industry and how happy she is to just be herself.

I don’t usually read memoirs and I’m glad I chose Mindy Kaling’s for my PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. Not only was it funny, but inspiring. She has a similar dream to mine as well. I hope to write novels and she wanted to write for TV. She achieved her dream and it gives me hope to achieve mine!