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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
Crown Archetype (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-307-88626-2
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Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Won't lie. I have never seen an episode of the office (which is strange cuz I totally have a crush on Steve Carell -- don't judge) but am going to be buying the first season of it this weekend solely based on this read
  • She made me LMAO on so many occasions it was hell to pick only 3 quotes for my favorite quotes section
  • Self deprecating, quirky, sweet and honest -  Call me Mindy we would totally have fun hanging out!
  • Is obviously thankful for the chances she has been given, her friends and her family -- this is very refreshing
  • Loves her  parents -- see people parents are not always douche-bags (Yes Jake and Jesse remember that!)
  • Her zest for life is so nice to read about and very motivational
  • She's honest about her mistakes and her "faults" 
  • Doesn't get all nasty gossipy about people. Extremely classy
  • Love the bits on the fights between her and her co-workers. Hilarious!  The part about Carell was cute
  • The Chapter on "Best Friends Rights and Responsibilities"  is funny and so very true
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I wanted more -- just not long enough for me 
  • Made me snort with laughter while on bus and people stared at me like I was some kind of  freak

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And if you're older than twenty-eight, than just kissing someone doesn't count for crap and is not even worth mentioning. Unless you're Mormon, in which case you're going to hell."

"If I had to testify under oath, I would admit, no,  I don't believe Mac Teegarden is psychic.  I've just been made too aware of people like Car Sagan and basic science and stuff. I am certain, though, that Mac Teegarden provided and enormous amount of comfort to people who unexpectedly lost loved ones. I don't know if it was psychic, but it was cathartic, and therapeutic, and it helped people."

"My mom's a doctor, but because she came from India and then Africa, where childhood obesity was not a problem, she put no premium on having skinny kids. In fact she and my dad didn't mind having a chubby daughter.  Part of me wonders if it even made them feel a little prosperous, like Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare this is? It will then not come as a surprise to you that I've never been thin in my life - except the day I was born, when I was six pounds."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • This is perfect for anyone who just needs a smile and a laugh
  • Fans of The Office and obviously of Mindy Kaling will enjoy
  • Not for those with no sense of humour -- and seriously if you are one of those why the hell are you reading my blog
5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- thanks guys for now making me want to watch ANOTHER TV show LOL!