Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Admittedly, comedy isn’t usually my thing. I watch more dramas than I do comedies and I very rarely read lighthearted literature. Seeing as I’m a very emotional person, that’s sometimes really bad for me. But there are a handful of comedies that I adore and come back to time and time again. Most of them are a little bit quirky and not always that funny (according to people like my parents), but I can’t help but love them. One such comedy is “The Office,” with which I fell in love during my freshman year in college.

One of my favorite characters on the office is Kelly Kapoor. The actress who plays her, Mindy Kaling, is also an accomplished writer, director and producer for the show. Kaling is currently starring in her own show, aptly titled “The Mindy Project,” wherein she stars as a boy-crazy gynecologist and brings light to my Hulu account every week. She also happens to have a book, titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

I finally purchased this book at the Harvard Coop on Saturday afternoon and read most of it yesterday while waiting for the Thanksgiving turkey to cook. The best element of this book — which is a quick, easy, light read — is that Kaling’s voice can be heard in every single word, every single sentence. I laughed out loud at several points and cringed at others, falling a little bit more in love with her in every chapter. Kaling is blunt and to the point, giving advice on everything from comedy writing to professional relationships to men. This advice is disguised in the form of personal anecdotes, making it even better because Kaling is so candid about her life.

I’ve been waiting a long time to read this book, and I have to say it was well worth the wait. I busted through it both because of the ease of reading and because of how much I enjoyed reading it. Kaling is a natural storyteller and a great comedian; she consistently keeps me interested and makes me laugh with all of her projects. Her book is no exception. She delves into her Indian heritage, her struggle to find a job after graduating from Dartmouth, her princessly behaviors, her body and weight issues (as well as Hollywood’s issues with her body and weight), and the revenge fantasies she creates in her head while she works out to make the calorie-burning go by faster. Those are only a few of the things she discusses. There is nothing about this book that isn’t hilarious or wonderful to behold.

Fans of Kaling’s definitely need to pick up this little piece of her world and get lost in it. Fans of comedy or strong, witty, independent women (or strong, witty, independent women in comedy) also need to pick up a copy of this book. In fact… I think everyone should pick up a copy of this book.

Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the time or inclination to read anything. But with Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I had no desire to do anything but read on.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: everyone

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Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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