Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling

One of the shows I’ve loved recently is The Mindy Project, which follows the exploits of Mindy a New York doctor who’s obsessed with romantic comedies and her dating life. The show is extremely funny and cute, like it’s protagonist the slightly awkward, ditzy Mindy, played by the actress Mindy Kaling.

Kaling writes for the show and is apparently well known in the States as one of the supporting players and writers of the remake of The Office. I didn’t know this because I’ve never actually seen that show, not in a “It won’t be as good as the original” snobby way, just because it started while I was at uni without a TV and I’ve just never got caught up on it. Now that it’s finished I may check out a few episodes as I’m a fan of Steve Carell and now Kaling’s.

I thought I’d check this book out because Kaling appears to be a funny, likable person and I figured it might be a fun, light read.

mindy book

It totally was. Kaling writes with warmth, honesty and self deprecating charm. The book is a series of short pieces about her life and career, or little essays on friendship, modern day etiquette and dating. These are fun, endearing little bite-sized chunks that make it perfect commuting reading as you can read a whole section on a train/bus ride or with a coffee.

There’s nothing earth shattering here, but there’s plenty of humour and warmth. Kaling is never overly bitchy or nasty, there’s an endearing sweetness to her and she seems extremely normal and down to earth.

Of course, being a female TV comedy writer and performer, the book is going to be measured against Tina Fey’s Bossypants, a fact Kaling addresses in her introduction, and while Fey’s book is probably the better, that doesn’t mean this isn’t worth checking out, for as quick reads go this one is a winner and will leave you grinning to yourself.

I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for Kaling’s future work.

Verdict: Funny, warm and charming, Kaling is a sweet and endearing narrator with a real down-to-earth vibe and wonderful humour. A delight. 7/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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