Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

  • Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  • Author: Mindy Kaling
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype, 2011
  • Pages: 219
  • ISBN: 9780307886262

Woo-hoo! Starting off the New Year right – I read this in basically one sitting yesterday.Β  AND it counts as the “biography” pick for the Mixing It Up Challenge! Yay!

Also if you can’t tell, I added some book info underneath the book cover there… I’m going to try to do that for each book. Partly to make myself a little more aware of things like publishers, but also just to give the appearance of neatness and organization here πŸ™‚

OK, so if you can’t tell who Mindy Kaling is just from the book cover, then you may not watch The Office and we may not be friends. (Just kidding! Kind of…) Mindy is best known for playing Kelly Kapoor on The Office – that funny, bubbly, totally nuts girl with a high-pitched voice. Well this is her book, all about how she got into tv and some very funny but awesome thoughts, questions, and concerns she has.

Mindy apparently started out as a WRITER for The Office! I had no idea. She actually writes, directs, produces, AND acts on the show. I had no clue that she had started off as one of the shows writers, and that’s she’s like a quadruple-threat, which just makes her too cool. So Mindy talks about her childhood, always being on the chubby side, her first jobs when she came to New York City, how she became a comedy writer, her time on The Office, and a little tiny bit about her romantic life. My favorite chapter is near the end, In Defense of Chest Hair, in which she proclaims her love for a bit of chest hair on a man and says that all of those waxed movie stars look like chihuahuas.

So, I’m not going to go over every funny or interesting thing in this book, cause then you’d have no reason to read it yourself! I do think that if you’re a girl, you should just pick this up and read it – it’ll only take you one afternoon, and it’s a cute memoir. Mindy seems like such a sweet, fun person and her book is funny, light-hearted, and enjoyable. Plus she invents a new word – “pliest”, which is a written piece with a list-y quality. I’m so going to use that word.

Sarah Says: 4 stars



  1. I just read this too, although I haven’t reviewed it yet. She is hilarious! I could relate on so many levels. Although when she called herself chubby and later said she was a size 8, I wanted to chuck the book across the room a little bit.


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