Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

10836120I recently finished reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Let me tell you this- I has hysterically laughing in the FIRST paragraph in the intro! I’ll get to the point right here- GO BUY THIS BOOK. Read it & enjoy yourself!

You might know Mindy from playing Kelly Kapoor on The Office (US) or from her very own show The Mindy Project (where she plays a doctor and a doctor that I wish I could have & now my new doctor here in the city actually reminds me of her soooo score).

But did you know that Mindy is also a co-executive producer, director, & writer of several of The Mindy Project‘s episodes? She also wrote, was executive producer for & directed some episodes of The Office. She was a featured speaker at Harvard Law’s Class Day ceremony this year. And a small side note she went to Dartmouth.

SO she’s pretty awesome and should be my BFF. Right??

In this easy read (she said it herself, if you don’t read this book pretty quick you have some issues because the front cover is mostly pink) 222-pager, Mindy shares her thoughts of various topics and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the hilarious issues that have come up in her life: the Office writers’ room (this was written pre-Mindy Project in 2011) to her attempts at dieting, the goodie-to-shoe child of immigrant professionals (a Tamil father and a Bengali mother, both Hindus from India), a timid chubster afraid of her own bike (I can relate), a Ben Affleck–impersonator in the Off-Broadway performance of Matt & Ben, why she stopped eating cupcakes (honestly, good for her), and how much she loves romantic comedies (twins, honestly).

Mindy lets you know what she believes makes a great best friend (borrowing ALL your clothes, sleeping in the same bed, nursing you back to health, and she’ll hate and re-like people for you), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly). Also it’s really cool to be reading this book while waiting for the Subway with your headphones in and sunglasses on to block out the world and someone you work with and his entire family comes up to you all while you are starting the chapter ‘In Defense of Chest Hair’. So great. #notashamed

And her final thoughts on marriage:

Married people, it’s up to you. It’s entirely on your shoulders to keep this sinking institution afloat. It’s a stately old ship, and a lot of people, like me, want to get on board. Please be psyched, and convey that psychedness to us. And always remember: so many, many people are envious of what you have. You’re the star at the end of the Shakespearean play, wearing the wreath of flowers in your hair. The rest of us just the little side characters.

This book is a great addition to my girl power mentality. She says this isn’t a celebrity how-to guide but I beg to differ. As someone I see as a positive role model in our Hollywood – obsessed world, she’s reminding us readers that it’s OK to have been an awkward kid, to not give up when on the path to achieve your dreams (like working for a physic), and just because you aren’t skinny that doesn’t mean you are not beautiful and you should demand the best for you to make you feel the most comfortable.

I recommend this easy read. It’s something you can get many laugh out loud moments and it offers another way of thinking. I’m also confused as to why you wouldn’t want to hang out with Mindy?

So Mindy, when you come to NYC, can you be my BFF? Thanks!

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