Book Review: Is everyone hanging out without me? (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling


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I have loved Mindy Kaling since The Office when she played the ditzy Kelly Kapoor. Now with her new show The Mindy Project and a book that I literally just finished, I have so many more reasons to love her. In honor of Mindy and her “pliests**”, I have decided to list the reasons why I loved this book.

We are Besties

  1. I really feel as if I know her after reading about her life. She is very candid about her early life experiences such as getting teased for her weight and not having many friends. She also talks a lot about shopping and eating—two of my favorite things.
  2. Mindy has such a unique “voice.” As a writer who struggles constantly to find my own voice, I love when I read things and can “hear” the writer. And she is hilarious. It is like Kelly Kapoor, Mindy Kaling, and Mindy Lahiri all in one place and I love it.

She is not a bigheaded Star

3. She has a very down to earth quality about her and even as she is recounting her rise to stardom, it is always with a nonchalant air. She makes it seem as if any of us could simultaneously write and act in a network television show.

4. She recounts many of her struggles as a woman who is not stick thin like most of Hollywood and I, like many women, can definitely relate.

She gives pretty good advice

5. There is advice sprinkled throughout her book—some subtle and others are much more blatant. She has a small section on marriage titled, C’mon Married People:

“I don’t want to hear about the endless struggles to keep sex exciting, or the work it takes to plan a date night. I want to hear that you guys watch The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they’re dead meat…I want to hear about it because I know it’s possible, and because I want it for myself.”

6. She worked hard to get to where she is today and there were plenty of disappointments along the way. Reading her memoir really gave me a needed boost to get off my ass to achieve my dreams.

**Pliests: Mindy defines it as a piece with a list-y quality.

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