Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
By Mindy Kaling
Nov. 1, 2011
Crown Archetype, 240 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
GIRL CRUSH ALERT! Basically, every girl who is in the know about Mindy Kaling (writer and the actress who plays Kelly Kapoor on “The Office”) seems to develop this insane girl crush on her. We want to shop with her, go to brunch with her, rock out to Ke$ha with her. Whatever. As long as it’s me + Mindy, I’m in.
And it’s freakishly universal. Ask a woman in your life (preferably one actives on the interwebs and up on pop culture) and she’ll probably be like “Oh, Minds? We’re besties.” Because how can you not love her?
I think someone (oh, it was probably The New York Times) called Mindy Kaling “Tina Fey’s cool little sister.” YES. See????
And this book only reinforced the situation. I was dog-earring funny pages and spent so much time reading passages aloud to my husband that he probably feels like he read the book himself.
Truly, a hilarious, hilarious read. And, surprisingly, full of stories about young adulthood. It’s the sort of book – and Mindy even says this herself – that you’d buy your teenage niece so she think you’re “the cool aunt.” It’s highly recommended. Oh, and follow Mindy on Twitter. You won’t regret it!