Thursday, January 10, 2013

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling ~★★★★

Author: Mindy Kaling
Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Genre: Non-Fiction

Book Jacket: "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 given 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." 

Taryn's Review: I've watched a few episodes of The Mindy Project on Fox and it wasn't until I saw the opener of the episode called "Danny Castellano Is My Gynecologist," that I realized I wanted to know more about Mindy Kaling. On the show, Mindy's boyfriend put on her jeans and a mortified Mindy screamed for him to take them off as the boyfriend pointed out the jeans were bigger than his own pants. I looked up the episode and saw Kaling had written it; I also read that she wrote an episode of The Office called, "The Injury," which was where Michael burned his foot on his George Foreman grill while in bed. "The Injury," was the episode that got me hooked on The Office! So who is Mindy Kaling?

Mindy Kaling is a funny person. Reading Kaling's book was like listening to a friend talk about various aspects of life, from men to fashion to childhood. If you're looking for a rags-to-riches story, look elsewhere. Kaling grew up with an OB/GYN mother and an architect for a father. She attended Dartmouth and moved to New York City after graduation to pursue her dreams of comedy writing. After Kaling and her best friend/roommate Brenda wrote a well-received play called "Matt and Ben," a parody of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Good Will Hunting, Kaling interviewed with Greg Daniels, creator of The Office, and was offered the position as a writer on the show.

Kaling seems to be a very down-to-earth person with the same concerns that you and I have in our daily lives. She's been cancelled on via text before a second date only to never hear from the guy again; she loves food and isn't a size 0; and best of all, she's likeable and someone you'd want to be friends with given the opportunity.  The book was a pleasant read with occasional belly laughs and chuckles awaiting the reader! 

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