Mindy Kaling Wrote A Memoir I Actually Liked

For Christmas, my husband bought me Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling.


I have this concern, too.

My first thought: Everyone is raving over Bossypants by Tina Fey and Scott got me the memoir of the woman from The Office? A show I haven’t had time to watch in over a year?

I did not say that thought out loud because I’M A NICE PERSON.

Instead, I put off reading the book for 2 months and didn’t pick it up until I was desperate for something to read other than blogs and I couldn’t find my Kindle.

Wow, I was so wrong to wait. The book is fantastic.

I usually don’t enjoy memoirs. I find them either OMG EVERYTHING WAS SO BAD or OMG EVERYTHING I DID TURNED TO GOLD or I’m completely bored because their lives are even more tedious than mine. But in Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), Mindy is more interesting than me while still being a real person.  She has had great deserved success (writing and acting in an Off-Broadway play about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) with hilarious failures (like bombing as an SNL guest writer).

The book is funny and down-to-earth and made me think that I could do what I love without trying to MAKE ME think I could do what I love because it starts with a dorky girl growing up loving comedy and ends with her writing for the The Office.

I haven’t read Bossypants so I can’t compare nor do I think either of them would like to be compared to each other, but I highly recommend reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns).

Find more of my book recommendations and reviews and to see I’m not a pushover AT ALL, find me on Goodreads under alex{at}lateenough{dot}com or Alex Iwashyna.

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  1. Julia says:

    Yes! I read it too and felt the same way. Easy read, good story, down to earth. I felt like we could be friends instead of feeling like I was supposed to be inspired by a memoir (even though I totally was because she’s pretty awesome.) Bossypants is also pretty hilarious.I’m not sure if they are comparable, but they are both must-reads.

    • I definitely didn’t feel like she was trying to inspire me, which probably made it more inspiring. Bossypants is definitely on my list. Just need a quick memoir break first.

  2. dollimama says:

    I haven’t read this, but it sounds like something I would like. I still need to read Bossypants too.

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