Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Reads: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  is Mindy Kaling's foray into the "Girl comedian ventures into publishing" world. Hey - it worked for Tina Fey, so why not, right?

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.

1 comment:

  1. Hadn't heard of this book yet. Thanks for the review!

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