Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a book of essays by Mindy Kaling. The book plays host to observations, rants, and recollections of Mindy, a script writer and actor/comedian.
Mindy Kaling, a writer for “The Office,” wrote a book of essays detailing her opinions on life, love, fashion, and Larry David. Mindy recalls several parties she has attended, actors and famous people she has worked with, gigs she took when she was fresh out of college, finally getting hired to write for a television series, and different observations on topics like shopping, eating Indian food, and being a girl. Her observations are often true-to-life and are also often compared to rom-coms. Mindy paints not only a classic view of the twentysomething’s life, but also an idyllic picture of what some girls would like their life to be like. Mindy discusses things that don’t generally come up in everyday conversation, but rather things that are thought of when one is alone in their apartment with time to ponder their life. Her seldom ranting and general pointing-out of everyday occurrences make her book a joy for anyone to read.
I found Mindy’s book in a list of books that are recommended for someone experiencing a Quarter-Life Crisis. It was portrayed as a book in the same vein as Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which I have yet to read. After my local library got the memo that it was 2013 and updated their eBooks, I found Mindy’s book among the most-downloaded titles. I downloaded the book to my Nook Tablet, and have spent the last three days enjoying it. The book did not have me rolling in the floor laughing, but rather nodding my head in agreement to many things she pointed out. Many things she talks about, the topics of her book ranging from being a chubby child at camp to how many pairs of shoes one man should own, are things that we all think about and just never really discuss with anyone. The book reads very much like Sex and the City to me – just a book of different stories or observations that one can either live vicariously through or relate to. When I was describing the book to my mother, I told her it was as if Mindy had kept a blog her entire life and just picked the best posts to compile a book out of. I think this is an accurate description as well. It’s a lot like reading a book of Tumblr posts, since the topics are so diverse and since Mindy’s sense of humor is like every “Seinfeld” episode: observations about everyday things that no one else deems worthy of conversation. I enjoyed Mindy’s book and would recommend it to someone else. I give it 4/5.
For Next Time
White Night, by Jim Butcher
In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too…