Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book! To be honest, this is what I had wished I had gotten out of Olivia Munn's book. I love Olivia Munn but dear god her book was a terrible, unfunny, poorly written mess of a tl;dr blog post.
Mindy Kaling takes this sort of informal blog-ish style and actually makes it into a decent book! Plus she's a hellovah lot funnier, intelligent, and clever in her execution. It was a mistake for me to read parts of this book at work because I came pretty close to choking to death while trying to hold in the loud guffaws trying to burst out of me at any given moment.
The only bad thing is that you don't get a lot of bang for your buck. The book and writing and humor is worth the asking price, but the length of the book is not. I would have expected something twice as long/dense. There are a few moments, like when she's listing her favorite moments in comedy, that you wonder why she's listing such commonly known moments in comedy and what the book really gains from it. However, these moments are few and far between. Most of the book is a hilarious look back on her life and career.
I borrowed this book from the library, but I am very tempted to buy it just to support her. This feeling partially comes as a possible way for me to pay penance for constantly thinking of her as "that crazy Indian chick from The Office" when I feel like she deserves more respect than that in my thoughts after reading her fantastic book.
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