Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s hard to review this book because it basically doesn’t have a plot – it’s a collection of lists and snapshots into Mindy’s life (until 2011). I’m not complaining – I enjoyed it more than a boring old memoir as Mindy’s personality shines through (and her humour is what makes this book so easy and compelling to read). Mindy says in the first few pages that she’d like the book to read like a really funny magazine, and it succeeds in that aim.

Mindy reminds me of my best friend. This is the kind of book which makes you want to be Mindy’s best friend – she’s funny and lovely and relatable. This book reads like a long conversation, a humourous one at that, the kind you’d have over wine and chocolates before watching Bridget Jones’ Diary (which, incidentally, is a film that makes Mindy cry).

A word of warning: this was written before The Mindy Project aired, and Mindy does makes references to her time at The Office (which I enjoyed less because I’ve never watched it) – it’s a good read nonetheless, but I feel those who are more acquainted with Mindy’s work would enjoy some chapters more.

This is a short and sweet read (at 222 pages), which is easy to devour in a day or two. The sequel, Why Not Me?, will be published in September, and looks to be slightly longer (a welcome change).

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