Friday, January 27, 2012
Friday Reads: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
I LOVE the office and I really think Kaling is incredibly talented and hilarious. Did I think her book lived up to my expectations? Not really. Do I feel like I know Mindy Kaling a little bit better as a result of reading it? Absolutely.
The book is very much an out of order autobiography with a few comedy bits interspersed. I think she perhaps focused a bit too heavily on making it "real" instead of making it "funny". It was rare that I found myself laughing aloud. More often than not, I caught myself nodding along with some of her observations on life.
Really, this book was written by a normal girl who has a good relationship with her family and lived a relatively normal life while she worked her way up the comedy ladder. Her story sounds familiar - growing up normally, going to college, fostering close friendships, moving across the country to take a job. Sure, her name appears on the credits for The Office in about a bazillion places (what doesn't she do on that show?) but ultimately it felt like she took a pretty normal route to get there and has stayed a fairly normal gal.
Maybe that's all she wanted to put out there.
So, Mindy. To answer your question. Yes - everyone IS hanging out without you, but you likely don't really care because you're probably hanging out with those nearest and dearest to you anyway.