Sunday, 19 February 2012

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) 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?”
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!

 Kelly Kapoor is awesome.
Mindy Kaling is awesomer.
Kelly is just supposed to be like an exaggerated version of Mindy herself. The entire shopping and celebrity obsession is real!
In a similar vein as Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a collection of hilarious essays about growing up and finally becoming a writer and an actor on a NBC sitcom. This books was definitely less snarkier and wittier than Bossypants, but it was way more fun.
Mindy Kaling is a total girly girl and she is the best friend every girl needs! She has written about guys and hook ups and weight issues and REVENGE FANTASIES!
Who doesn’t have revenge fantasies? I have some elaborate ones myself. :D
A chunk of the book is also about The Office! Yay! As a huge The Office fan, this book was a must read for me.
And she had written about this incident when she was writing for SNL and met Amy Poehler!
For those who don’t know this, Amy Poehler is my HERO!

I have made a list of my favorite essays from this book.
Here goes,
Types of Women in Romantic Comedies Who Are Not Real
All About The Office
Franchises I Would Like to Reboot
Contributing Nothing at Saturday Night Live
My Favorite Eleven Moments in Comedy
How I Write
The Day I Stopped Eating Cupcakes
Somewhere in Hollywood Someone Is Pitching This Movie
Someone Explain One-Night Stands to Me
“Hooking Up” Is Confusing
Guys Need to Do Almost Nothing to Be Great
When You’re Not Skinny, This Is What People Want You to Wear
These Are the Narcissistic Photos in My BlackBerry
Revenge Fantasies While Jogging
Strict Instructions for My Funeral

Oops, that’s like most of the book.
And isn't the cover great!? It captures the spirit of the book perfectly!


  1. I came kind of late to The Office - I only started watching it in the last year or so, but now I'm kind of obsessed with it. I love the titles of some of those essays so now I'm DYING to get my hands on it :)

    Thanks for the review.

  2. If you liked The Office, you should totally check out Parks and Rec too. ^^

  3. I LOVE this book! I've been recommending it to all my girl friends. She is so funny and smart, and it's such a fun read!



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