Book Review · Nonfiction

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


Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir
Number of Pages: 222
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

downloadIn this humorous and light-hearted memoir, Mindy Kaling shares some of her memorable and even embarrassing moments as she reaches for goal: to be a comedic writer/producer.

The reader is taken from her awkward childhood days to her even more awkward teenage years, then to career struggles as an adult all the way to the present (2012).


This was a bit hard for me to rate, actually. On the one hand, I thought Ms. Kaling’s childhood stories were funny and endearing. On the other hand, I found her teenage to young adult years tedious to read. I did, however, enjoy most of her adulthood stories, except at the end when there were topics discussed that I normally don’t want to think about for too long.

The writing itself is easy-to-follow and I was able to read this book in two sittings. Though I didn’t find this memoir too inspirational for me, I do appreciate Ms. Kaling commenting on her weight and how it affected her from childhood taunts to photo shoots. It was touching and I feel relatable to many.

Also, I found the openness of certain topics enjoyable. This included subjects about her weight, relationships, her strengths, and areas of vulnerability. Ms. Kaling is definitely not one to hold back. Many young women might enjoy Ms. Kaling’s bluntness on these topics and may find themselves empowered by the author’s insights.

Throughout the novel, I chuckled and giggled. However, there was one part that I really laughed out loud and had to stop for moment. This funny moment was her views on one-night stands. Her and I think alike in this aspect – we don’t really understand the appeal of one-night stands. But, it was the way she presented that was wonderful!

Another aspect I liked was the insight of The Office. I am a fan of the show’s quirkiness and silly moments. However, I never realized how much input the author had in producing the show. Reading her memoir has led me into respecting her career path and everything that she done thus far in her life more so.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and found her side comments humorous most times. At this point, I’m not sure if I would read her second one, but I am curious about her current show The Mindy Project.

Yes, I would. To those who enjoy light-hearted memoirs.

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