BOOK REVIEW | Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

“If someone called me chubby, it would no longer be something that kept me up late at night. Duante Diallo has no power over me anymore, unless he was deported and he’s grown up to be an African warlord or something and has a machete. Being called fat is not like being called stupid or unfunny, which is the worst thing you could ever say to me.” – Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

**DISCLAIMER: If this reads like a love letter to Mindy Kaling, don’t worry, it is because- HOW COULD IT NOT BE**

First of all, AMEN Mindy (we’re cutting the crap and going straight to first names). While anxiety and self-consciousness plague me on the daily, I can honestly say the two most important qualities I value in myself (and the humans I surround myself with) are intelligence and humor. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not expecting those I hang out with to have Stephen Hawking like brain power (even I, in all my superiority can’t claim that level of intelligence) but let’s be able to have a decent conversation without me wanting to fling my body off the nearest decently tall building. Also. Humor. Always. Clearly, having a sense of humor should just be a given. If laughter isn’t apart of your daily life I’m sorry for your soul but please don’t bring your colorless life into my world.

Anyway… While nursing my lingering FOMO seeing all the bookcon pictures/tweets/instagrams/etc of the amazing panels and authors they had, I was delighted when I managed to snag one of Mindy Kaling’s excerpts from her new book out in September. In honor of receiving that gem (pictured below) I thought I’d do a little #flashbackfriday to her first stupendous book…


While it is no doubt safe to assert that I am an overzealous Mindy fan (this was a real thing I tweeted *proof* – more on my love for Amy Poehler at a later date)

  I am also immensely inspired by her. I may never be an improv queen (thank you 7th grade drama class for RUINING me), but Mindy’s writing comes across so effortlessly humorous and I can only aspire to such heights. Sure, this book has great tales from her time on The Office, SNL, and other projects but it’s the fact that Mindy’s personality shines through every word like a beacon of bright sunlight that makes it worth reading. This entire book is filled with actual laugh out loud stories and anecdotes from Mindy’s life that are genuinely funny. What made me fall in love with this book was the fact that every single word screams Mindy. I can actually hear her telling me these stories as I read them (I swear I’m not insane)! The book even includes pictures from her life and her time on the office – she has one of her and Will Ferrell aptly captioned “[…] In this moment I am explaining what comedy is to Will Ferrell.”

Ultimately, to know me is to know that in addition to being a lover of the written word, I am also a massive fan of television. If my house caught on fire and was burning down, I can HONESTLY say, there is not much I would choose to save over my T.V. Maybe it’s the smoke inhalation that is preventing me from making a rational decision in this fictional fire but I would set myself ablaze before giving up my T.V. Now if that isn’t dedication to the tube, I don’t even want to know what is. Being this avid watcher of television, I can say with confidence that there is no one as special as Mindy Kaling. Sure, she was wonderful and hilarious and a multitude of other positive adjectives while playing Kelly Kapoor on The Office. But for me, Mindy became the epitome of who I want to be when I grow up when she started writing and acting on The Mindy Project. It was some time after that when I picked up this gem and realized her writing transcends the television world. I love this book – It is one that I consistently go back to and re-read and it still makes me laugh. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and am looking forward to her new book coming out in September.

So my fellow book peeps, who are your favorite celeb authors? Any recommendations?   



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