Book Club – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

mindykalingIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling, (Ebury Press, 2013).

Mindy Kaling is most famous for her role in the American version of The Office (for which she also wrote, produced and directed). Unfortunately, this was somewhat lost on me, as being from the UK, I have never bothered to watch the American version of The Office. If it ain’t broke an’ all that. That being said, I am a firm believer in always judging a book by it’s cover and this one is a very pretty one indeed. I’d also seen a couple of episodes of her new show The Mindy Project which is pretty watchable so I decided to give it a go.

This book is about Mindy’s life, and it is an interesting and charming one indeed. A comedy/theatre geek from a young age, she is an example of following your dreams and not allowing yourself to get sidetracked by a cushy au pair job (well, not for too long). However, recently there has been a deluge of female comedy writers bringing out autobiographys and sharing with us all how they became a female comedy writer. It’s a noble cause, us ladies have been under-represented in the comedy world, but I think we’re maybe at saturation point. For autobiographies that is, not funny women.

That being said, this is an enjoyable book. Mindy is kinda like that gabby pal we all have, who, after a few wines gets a bit “me, me, me”. Entertaining  and lovely, but then it starts to get late and you just want to go to bed. Some of the chapters are on a mad tangent. Mindy tells her life story in roughly half the book, and the rest is padded out with musings/ramblings. The main thing that I remember is that Miss Kaling likes a man with a hairy chest.

Overall, if you’re looking for a nice easy read, with a few laughs written by a someone you could imagine being mates with, then this is for you. It will also look really pretty on your bookshelf, and that matters right?

Here’s a clip of Mindy talking about an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project which stars Seth Rogen:



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