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Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

on March 6, 2012


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.


This book is Bossypants’ cuter, younger sister in a frothy pink dress.  Kaling does not take herself seriously, and that makes for an entertaining and laugh out loud funny read.  She speaks to the readers like we are all good friends.  She also pokes fun at herself, and makes true, hilarious observations such as how men need to sit down ( & take forever) to put on a pair of shoes, or how to make an Irish Exit.

Kaling also has great essays on marriage tips, growing up the child of Indian parents, early beginnings in NYC with Matt&Ben, an Off-Broadway show she wrote/starred in which I loved when it came out, and funny stories about THE OFFICE.

I would recommend this book to fans of Tina Fey, David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Jen Lancaster or THE OFFICE.



2 responses to “Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

  1. Meghan says:

    Great description!!! I never heard of the Matt and Ben show till this book. Sounds hilarious!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi Nancy! Love your review of Kaling’s book. I see that you have a love of all things pop culture. I’d love to extend an exclusive invite for you to Riffle Books as a Pop Culture expert. We’re still on an invite only basis and I’d like to invite you to join: Take a look and let me know if you have any questions! Thanks! email: poppyriffle(at)odyl(dot)net

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