Book-Love: Is everyone hanging out without me (and other concerns)

Mindy Kaling

I am currently reading Is everyone hanging out without me (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling. You have probably heard of Mindy or seen her on television. If not, here is a little background regarding her person.

Mindy is an American comedian, writer, actress and director who may be familiar to you by her own show The Mindy Project or the American The Office. In 2011, she has written Is everyone hanging out without me (and other concerns) which may be best described as a mixture of autobiography and situation comedy. Normally, I do not like to read autobiographies by celebrities since just because someone is famous on television this does not mean that he/she has to say something interesting in real life, too. Is everyone hanging out without me, however, does not appear artificially constructed and Mindy manages to mediate her funny and typical tone through the written medium, too.

The book contains only 240 pages and you should not expect to be deeply philosophically enlightened. Or as Mindy puts it:

“This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”

Indeed, Is everyone hanging out without me is a light lecture that does not surprise with profound insights into Mindy’s life. It is rather a collection of humorous essays, but Mindy describes the content of her book best:

“In this book I write a lot about romance, female friendships, unfair situations that now seem funny in retrospect, unfair situations that I still don’t think are funny, Hollywood, heartache, and my childhood. Just all that really hard-core, masculine stuff men love to read about.”

The reading definitely does not get boring. Mindy amuses the reader by constant ironic and comic commentaries regarding her life and also does not feel shy to have a good laugh about herself. She, for example, describes how she, as a little girl, was called a whale by a boy of her class and how, as a consequence, she started her first diet.

“Mom was impressed but didn’t want me to go overboard, which was impossible, because I was still eating a lot. I just had taken a break from eating like a professional football player.”

Albeit the lightness of the book, Mindy succeeds in proving to the reader that she is a smart and successful woman. On the contrary, the honesty of the book, which also consists of chapters such as I love New York and it likes me Okay or Failing at everything in the Greatest City on earth makes us love and respect her even more.

I recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a light and absolutely hilarious reading. I have finished it without putting it down and I have enjoyed every page of it.

What do you think about Mindy Kaling? Do you know her from TV? Which other female comedians do you love? Do you recommend any other books, I should definitely read?

You can buy this book at amazon for example.

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