Book Review: Is everyone hanging out without me?

Title: Is everyone hanging out without me?

Author: Mindy Kaling

Oh, friends. I needed a laugh. I've been meaning to read this book for quite a while and I was so pleased that I finally did.

I'll tell you what - that Mindy is funny.

I remember reading her blog years ago -- but then she stopped writing it. And I was sad. (Since publishing her book she started blogging again. See here. You can read a snippet of her book there, too.)

Here's the deal -- ya'll know Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor from The Office -- but she is so much more than that.

She's a writer. A director. An ivy-league scholar. And she's my age. (WHAT?)

One of my favorite excerpts:
"As it is, I guess I find "Jack and Diane" a little disgusting.

As a child of immigrant professionals, I can't help but notice the wasteful frivolity of it all. Why are these kids not home doing their homework? Why aren't they setting the table for dinner or helping out around the house? Who allows their kids to hang out in parking lots? Isn't that loitering?

I wish there was a song called "Nguyen and Ari," a little ditty about a hardworking Vietnamese girl who helps her parents with the franchised Holiday Inn they run, and does homework in the lobby, and Ari, a hardworking Jewish boy who does volunteer work at his grandmother's old-age home, and they meet after school at Princeton Review. They help each other study for the SATs and different AP courses, and then, after months of studying, and mountains of flashcards, they kiss chastely upon hearing the news that they both got into their top college choices. This is a song teens need to inadvertently memorize. Now that's a song I'd request at Johnny Rockets."
I will never, ever hear Jack and Diane without thinking of Nguyen and Ari. Awesome.

Read this.

You can buy it here.



  1. I've been eyeing this book for my Kindle. I'm going to get it!! I love her on the Office. ;-)

  2. THAT is hilarious!

    I am going to have to check out her website.

    She is awesome.

  3. P.S. what is funnier is that as I am reading her excerpt I can HEAR her saying it. Love that!!

  4. Bought it for my wife yesterday and she is super excited. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Thanks for the reminder on this. I LOVE that Mindy plays dingy Kelly.


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