In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling shares hilarious & often quite poignant observations and opinions on any topic that comes to mind. Whether it’s a traumatic bullying experience in her childhood to trying to make it in NYC, Kaling brings just enough self deprecation and humour to her stories to let you laugh along with her.
I loved reading about Kaling, letting her true personality shine through since the only aspect I knew of her was her character Kelly Kapoor on The Office. It blew my mind to realize that she was behind the off-Broadway play Matt & Ben (and it wasn’t until I saw the postcard for it that I realized I had seen those ads before!) and that she wrote my all-time favourite Office episode, “The Injury” – where Michael cooks his foot on the George Foreman grill.
This is an absolutely delightful book full of stories, memories, fun lists and (both fortunately and unfortunately) a selection of pictures. I say both because it’s always fun to see photos of the celebrity that they’ve deemed fun and appropriate to share in their book, but Kaling doesn’t overload her book with the typical pictures. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a nice balance because it leaves you wanting more Mindy, without making you feel like you just bought a photo album with some captions.
My friend Jenn @ Writer’s Block actually met Kaling at her NYC book signing, and she picked up a second autographed copy for me! <3 (click on her blog link to see the picture!)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5 stars)