Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy KalingIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)

byMindy Kaling

Paperback | September 18, 2012

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Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
 
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
 
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.




From the Hardcover edition.
MINDY KALING is an Emmy-nominated writer and actress on NBC's The Office. She is also the creator and star of a new show, FOX's The Mindy Project. You can find her on Twitter (@mindykaling), or at her desk pretending to be writing a screenplay but actually online shopping with a memorized credit card number. She resides in Los Angeles....
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Title:Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.64 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read Funny, relatable, and interesting. I'm a big fan of the office so it was fun to get some insight into the show from a writer's point of view. The whole book doesn't focus on Mindy's time working on the office, but she is such a likable narrator that I didn't mind. I read this one in about a day. Perfect beach read!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, funny, relatable Celebrities...they're just like us. Sort of.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny light read Maybe I watched too much of the Mindy Project before reading this, but I could hear her voice the whole time.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! This book was so much better than I thought it was. It was quick and witty and still quite interesting. My husband even liked it!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty A cute autobiography. I love the Mindy project and I love Mindy Kaling. You get to learn about her humble beginnings and how she got into Hollywood.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Real You get to know Mindy when she was young and how she got to where she is today! She shares her awkward, funny, serious, and great moments. This was a good start to getting into Mindy's life.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Such a good book that had me laughing on the subway!
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! Hilarious and carefree. Going on a vacation? Perfect beach reading!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining! I got the audio version of this book for a five hour drive and it did not disappoint! I love that she is the one that did the reading, it was like she was a passenger in the car. It was not as funny as I was expecting, but there were definitely laugh out loud moments, and it was interesting to hear about behind the scenes things from the office and more about how she got to where she is today.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was ok This book was not as funny as her other book but it was entertaining enough
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good insight into Mindy I love Mindy Kaling - in The Office, in The Mindy Project. As other reviewers, I didn't find it hilarious, however it was still entertaining. I loved learning about how she got started, and some of the inner secrets to The Office. Recommend reading, but don't expect side stitches.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, But... This book wasn't that funny, considering it's classified in the Humour section. Still a great read though, but it reads more like a collection of observations and essays, sprinkled with some biographical anecdotes
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Mindy, everyone wants to hang out with you! I bought this book because I was a fan of Mindy Kaling on The Office and The Mindy Project, but this book made me an even bigger fan! I loved learning about her passion for comedy early on in life, the plays she did in college, and how she got into TV. Her writing is funny as always, and I could relate to a lot of her past female friendships. Reading this book felt like hanging out with the author for an afternoon. Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Entertaining the entire time
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, easy read! This book is easy to read, it is a quick read and it is incredibly funny. If you love Mindy, then you will LOVE this book. As a Mindy fan, I really enjoyed learning about her life and how she made it to where she is now. I recommend to all :)
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Very funny and easy to read. Got through this in really quickly.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOL! Very funny and very easy to read. A must read for any fan of The Office and The Mindy Project #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I love this book. The entire thing is a Mindy Kaling monologue, and she never fails to make me laugh out loud. She's so relatable!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Queen Mindy! If you love Mindy Kaling, whether it be from The Office or The Mindy Project, you will love the book. The use of not only funny anecdotes and quirky slang and lingo will have you laughing out loud.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I stumbled on this book (not a figure of speech) walking into Chapters and read it in one sitting. Mindy is an excellent writer. If it isn't evident in her work on the Office or the Mindy Project, she is hilarious, honest, compelling and you can really hear her voice in her work. She writes about her childhood, her upbringing and her life up until this point. She also writes about how her love of writing began. Whether or not you're a fan, this is an unconventional biography in the form of a compelling, personal stories and photos.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome from beginning to end!! I love Mindy Kaling and this did not disappoint!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely loved this book, it was laugh out loud funny and an easy read!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it did his job. It was light, funny and fast, which is what I want for this kind of book. But it was nothing special or anything that will make me want to read it again.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kinda miffed... ...that i can't be friends with Mindy in real life. she's basically the best. she's basically like having that friend you can be like.. you know what i need to vent you need to vent.. lets just not put make up on have a tub of ice cream and watch SNL and Mad TV all day long. Just read it you'll be miffed too.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love!! I just love Mindy Kaling. This was a quick, fun read and interesting to read about how she made it to where she is now today.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! She is so hilarious and I couldn't put this down
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was an okay, quick read Enjoyed reading the book, and it was a very quick read which was nice. It was funny/enjoyable to read, however it is not one I would ever read again.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Don't hesitate to pick this book up for a fun and lovely read. 5 stars or me.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite must read for anyone who wants a good laugh. This is a very funny novel that actually makes you laugh out loud while you are reading it alone on the bus or somewhere where people are guaranteed to laugh at you. Mindy feels as if she is your best friend and as if you have known her your entire life. It is an interesting read where you find out about a stranger in a very intimate and funny way. I am a huge fan of the Mindy project and to know some of her background and how she started and made a career for herself is inspiring and motivating.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute This was a cute and funny book but I'm not sure I'd buy it for myself. If you are interested in her life or her part in The Office I'd recommend it; otherwise, find something else.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Read it cover to cover! Felt like Mindy & I were gal pals
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book! Mindy Kaling is awesome and this book made me laugh multiple times but it started to drag on a bit near the end
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light & Real I loved that I could hear her voice in every word - entertaining AF
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great book! couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny I found this book funny but there were a number of pop culture references I didn't understand. I must have made 50 google searches while reading this book.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite Funny Mindy Kaling is inspiring, and I loved reading more about how she got into the world of comedy, writing and acting. I don't remember laughing out loud, but I did really enjoy this book! Excited to see what else Mindy has in store. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, easy read I quite enjoyed this book, I think Mindy Kaling is funny and I enjoy the way she jumps around and tells stories. It is a quick easy read, perfect for vacation or travel!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Mindy can't wait for a third book. It's a light read. Great to put you in a good mood!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindy's Hilarious Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal, shes honest, funny her first book is awesome #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Listen to the audiobook version - even better than the print version! The book is really funny and well written, but the audiobook is even better. Hearing Mindy's delivery and cadence made the book even more hilarious. She does a great job narrating and you feel as though she's in the room with you, sharing her stories.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE MINDY I love Mindy so it seems fitting i enjoyed this book it was hilarious and it keeps you reading
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Hilarious book that I had trouble putting down.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Mindy and her books! I love the Mindy Project show so it comes to know surprise that I loved this book. Full of great laughs and a closer look at her life, Mindy is sure to put a huge smile on your face. Great light read for any occasion. Super hard to put down. You will not be disappointed; especially if you enjoyed her other book!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't get enough of Mindy Kaling!! Seriously, she needs to right way more!! I love her. I love both of her books. I cannot recommend her enough.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book & love Mindy! Mindy is hilarious! I loved listening to her read her book and laughed so many times! She is so amazing and her essays are too funny! This book was tons of fun and hearing her read it made it so much better!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny! I read this on plane and laughed out loud multiple times. But I think you have to five a similar sense of humour because I would show passages to my partner who would just look at me like I was insane. Absolutely loved it, though. Super funny. Really engaging. Relatable. and oddly inspiring.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This was a light read that had me laughing out loud at moments.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read This book is so fun! Mindy Kaling is incredibly hilarious
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny! A great book providing insight into the hilarious mind of Mindy
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Great read. Will have you laughing out loud. Very light read, finish in a couple of days. If I remember correctly, contains The Office spoilers if you have not already watched the show. Fans of her work on the The Office and Mindy Project will really appreciate #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and Reaffirming. Go Mindy! Hilarious and heartwarming. If you ever feel lost and that you are not achieving as much as your peers or idols... this book will set you straight. Everyone has their own path... and Mindy's is a laugh.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny funny book. Mindy is hilarious!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny Mindy Kaling is funny. This memoir had me laughing so much, it's a perfect simple fun summer read.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, funny, easy I love Mindy Kaling, so I may be biased, but I really enjoyed this book. I actually listened to the audiobook that was read by Mindy. It's pretty light, and fun. If you're look for something funny and easy to read or listen to this is a good choice!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Candor and Giggles As a fan of Kelly Kapoor and Dr. Mindy Lahiri, this book was a huge thumbs up for me! Anyone who enjoys the very distinct voice and narrative Mindy's TV character's all seem to share will devour this. Reading this just reminded me of how adorable and relatable Mindy can be. I love her brand of humour, but I did find the book less "laugh out loud" and more "smile and giggle on the inside". As a fan, simply reading about the facts of her childhood was worth it.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good laugh An insight to the mind of Mindy Kaling. I really enjoyed this read more than I thought I would.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Read I did enjoy reading this book. I found it similar to other celebrity books. I did love the insertion of funny baby pictures and the captions that she would leave at the bottom
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite what I expected I love Mindy Making. I think she is a hilarious, beautiful, strong woman. I bought this book after becoming wrapped up in The Mindy Project. It was a good easy read and definitely had some funny parts. Nothing bad to say about it other than I just thought it would be different.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from did not LOL'd some parts were funny but overall i found the book to be average. will try the other book that mindy wrote
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Was on the Fence I read it for a book club and it was good, just not something I laughed a lot at. It was also definitely a book that targeted people who have watched the office...which I did not so I was mildly confused at her references. Overall it wasn't too bad but just nothing I'd every read again
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You will laugh! This is a very funny novel that actually makes you laugh out loud while you are reading it alone on the bus or somewhere where people are guaranteed to laugh at you. Mindy feels as if she is your best friend and as if you have known her your entire life. It is an interesting read where you find out about a stranger in a very intimate and funny way. I am a huge fan of the Mindy project and to know some of her backgrounf and how she started and made a career for herself is insiring and motivating. A definite must read for anyone who wants a good laugh.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different than expected I'm a huge fan of the Mindy Project so thought I was going to love this book. It was very different from the laugh-out-loud book I was expecting. While great to get into the brain of Mindy Kaling, it was a bit boring in certain parts.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WARNING: You will laugh out loud! Mindy is hilarious, witty, relevant and smart. Her story is entertaining and inspiring, telling audiences how she found fame.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read A good light read, perfect before bed
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny Mindy is hilarious and loveable. This book was fun and easy to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read A great read if you want something light and funny.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Although there were some stories I wanted to skip through, there were some definite comedic breaks. I never liked The Office, I do enjoy the Mindy Project though. This book is more before the Mindy project, but still relevant.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Witty, But I Wouldn't Read It Again I love a quick wit just like the next guy, but I can only take so many random anecdotes until I become bored.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't meet my expectations Light read, but was disappointed.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just okay Had some funny moments, but otherwise I found it quite boring.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny This book is funny and engaging and a nice easy summer read
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I enjoyed reading this. She's so funny and relatable. Reading this just made me love her more.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so funny! Mindy Kaling is the funniest most relatable woman, awesome read for women in their 20s #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from super funny! great book you can imagine how she talks as you read her book
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Mindy Throughout the book you can hear her reading it in her sassy and loveable tone!!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Mindy Great book, had me LOLing at times. Love Mindy!!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a fun read This was a great book that I would read again!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! overall a wonderfully written book!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd love to hang out with Mindy Even just a few pages in, Mindy's writing had me laughing out loud--my boyfriend kept peering over to ask what was "so funny". Her sense of humour is definitely aligned with mine. I honestly did not know much about Mindy before reading this book, but I'm glad I was able to learn where she's been and what she's gone through to become the (hilarious) person she is today. Her comedic style makes for an easy, funny read. I'm definitely picking up her other book, based on my enjoyment of this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious book Mindy sure knows how to capture readers interest #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Love for Mindy I love Mindy Kaling and love her humour in this book! It is a funny and light read. I definitely enjoyed more chapters than others but I liked getting a glimpse into the woman behind all the humour and killer outfits! A must read for any Kaling fan. I seriously want to be Mindy's BFF!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny and fantastic! I absolutely loved this book. It was so easy to read, and so humourous. Kaling tells us the story of her life through comical anecdotes. This read is so worth your time. You will not regret picking this up!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Funny! I thought this was a great cheeky book, I laughed through it. Also, I felt like I was reading it in her voice haha
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny! Absolutely hilarious while still feeling sincere. If you love The Mindy Show, you will love this read!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny! Absolutely hilarious while still feeling sincere. If you love The Mindy Show, you will love this read!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and laid back This was a very easy book to read. Mindy is hilarious and told her story in such a fun way.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoped to like it more I was oversold on this book. Said it was hilarious. It wasn't quite that for me though i love MIndy so did enjoy reading. I think it was slow at times. Was nice to get a glimpse into her past.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great All I can say is that it's absolutely hilarious! Interesting anecdotes, ideas, messages and overall funny. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, fun read Big fan of Mindy as an actor, but I didn't find her humour translated as well in a book. Still quite funny and an easy read.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, easy read Mindy never fails to deliver a good laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and fascinating Full of amusing anecdotes and essays. I found her very relatable and not a difficult read. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read If you're looking for a light read that you can easily spend a few moments picking up throughout the day this is the book for you. Her writing style just wasn't for me but I did still manage to get a few laughs in.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from she is hilarious! I loved this book and laughed out loud reading it!!! My only regret is not getting an audio book!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lighthearted A nice lighthearted read for a quick laugh. Enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read This is a great, lighthearted book. Mindy's so down to earth and honestly funny. Would recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Easy, Funny Read Lighthearted, relatable and hilarious. I dare you not to fall in love with Mindy. You'll be wishing she was your best friend by the end of the book.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious and random but it worked. It's a very light read.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a funny book! There were some pages of this book that had me laughing out loud. Mindy Kaling is so relatable and this book is an easy and hilarious read. It had me saying "me too" out loud so many times. If you want a good laugh and you're a fan of Mindy, you will like this book. It's basically a mix of stories, lists, and thoughts about her life and the world in general. An easy and entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read i got this as a gift and it was such a great read! I didn't put this book down! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny! I love the way Mindy writes! This book was such an easy read!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I have read this book twice and loved it! I would absolutely recommend it to someone who is looking for a good laugh!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love Mindy, you will love this book Being a big fan of Mindy and the Office really intrigued me to read this book, and of course it was Mindy in every way. An easy and light read.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light, fun read I've never watched Mindy on TV, but have heard great things about her so I decided to give the book a try and see what I thought. It was good. The collection of essays were, for the most part, entertaining, but I didn't care much for some of the "lists" she included, such as her alternate titles for the book. Most of them weren't funny, and seemed to be a little juvenile. That being said, overall the book was a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES!!! Just as good as her show. You can hear Mindy's voice in her writing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Reading this after watching her on the Mindy Project I really got her personality though it!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshingly funny and honest! Mindy can captivate the readers with her honesty and ability to relate! I highly suggest you purchase this!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite read I bought this book after seeing Mindy on The Mindy Project and loved it. Couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from humourous and honest Mindy is straight up real. Loved her honest stories.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Mindy Paling! Such a funny, easy read. If you like Mindy on the Office and The Mindy project, you will love to read her book!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Mindy has a way of being relatable and funny while still imparting important lessons of sticking up for yourself and being who you are!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved this book! Very funny in a quirky kind of way. It's an easy read, perfect for a vacation!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a fan While the book was interesting in the aspect of her life growing up and how she got to where she is today I was disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just awful! This book is a prime example of why not all celebrities should write books. Granted Kaling is an accomplished television writer, but that talent does not translate apparently. Doesn't even compare to Tina Fey's Bossypants, regardless of how many times Kaling references the funny woman. Reading this honestly felt as though I was stuck behind two ditzy girls at the mall having a conversation. The content is as shallow as shallow comes.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious I love Mindy since seeing her on the Office and this book does not disappoint. Hilarious, touching and downright relatable.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh Out Loud Reading Mindy's work is like catching up with an old friend. I really enjoyed her first book!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable light read She's witty and has a charming way of writing. I enjoyed her book.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little piece of Mindy If you love Mindy and everything she's done then you will love this book, it 100% depicts her hilarious personality!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Entertaining and more than I expected
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! As an Indian girl growing up in Canada/US I find this book to be VERY relatable and hilarious! I also love how when I read Mindy's books I can hear her voice. It reads exactly how I was hoping it would!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Mindy! I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I picked up this book but what I found was a truly funny and relatable collection of stories that makes you laugh out loud. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Honestly, I really like Mindy Kaling. I found this book to be funny and a great light read. I recommend reading her other book as well (Why Not Me). #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me laughing I love Mindy Kaling and this book translated well - while I was reading it was so identifiable as Mindy's voice that reminded me why I like her and admire her so much. Would definitely read again.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok I'm a major Mindy fan, but I just found this book okay. Why Not Me is a lot more entertaining and relatable. This gives you a great backstory to how Mindy came to be. Still worth the read!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes buy it! I related to this book on every level. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from entertaining an entertaining read but not as laugh out loud funny as expected
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love her This book was hilarious and I had to refrain myself from laughing in public on multiple occasions.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Great, funny weekend read. I loved this book. she's so funny! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Laughs Really enjoyed this read. A brilliant story teller and very funny.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingg Definitely worth the read. Light, fun read and would recommend to Mindy fans.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favorite reads I have read this book a couple of times, and it never seems to get old! I will continue to recommend this book to everyone I know.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really funny and interesting! This book is a light, fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave humourous insights that were laugh-out-loud funny!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Lighthearted Read This was a great book to read. I was having a hard time getting back into the habit of picking up a book instead of turning on the TV or scrolling through my phone and this book helped me get right back into the reading habit! I looked forward to getting home from work, curling up with a blanket and tea, and reading about Mindy and her take on real-life situations. Mindy Kaling has written this book in a way that is as though she is right there having a conversation with you and she covers so many different topics that you will not get bored.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and interesting! I love Mindy Kaling and I loved this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! a fun read, that will make you laugh!!!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really funny read Love Mindy even more with her hilarious, witty, and honest book. It was a refreshing read from a celebrity. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOl worthy If you're a mindy fan, you need to read this book. It truly gives you a sense of where Mindy came from, and how she became the person we all love.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky, Adorable, and Hilarious Mindy Kaling has a very interesting form of comedy. From her novels to her episodes of "The Office", her jokes definitely catch the audience offguard in a way I can't compare to anyone else. In this book she jokes about her childhood, her experiences, and her weight, in such a manner that you can only help but love her. As my sister would describe it, "reading this is like sitting across from your best friend in a coffee shop, laughing about boys and telling funny stories".
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed reading how she started and who she is. I personally like this one better than the second one but that is because this seemed more authentic because it wasn't filled with Hollywood stories. Great book, especially for readers who have felt like they were the outsider.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for a good laugh. I came upon this book while in a hospital waiting room, and it helped as a distraction. Thought it was very funny and uplifting.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindy the wise read it in two days - a great book for a laugh
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindy the wise read it in two days - a great book for a laugh
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Hilarious book! It really reflects Mindy's quirky personality well.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved this book- just read it ! You won't be sorry - so funny.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Mindy is hilarious and so is this book! Give it a read if you need a laugh.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I love Mindy! She's so real and speaks (writes...) her mind. I love it!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I never really saw many shows that Mindy Kaling was in until after I read this book. She is hilarious, and someone that Ièd love to grab a coffee or cocktail with.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I really enjoyed this book! I read it on the beach and found myself giggling every couple of pages. Mindy definitely brings her upbeat and quirky humour to the pages of her book.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, easy read! I really enjoyed this book! I read it on the beach and found myself giggling every couple of pages. Mindy definitely brings her upbeat and quirky humour to the pages of her book.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Being such a fan of Mindy Kaling's characters and her off screen personality I loved how this book stayed true to her funny personality.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Really enjoyed reading this. Wasn't sure how much I would like it as I dont normally read nonnfiction
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong debut Novel I enjoyed reading Mindy's debut novel. She talked at lenth abut her childhood and what it like working on The Office.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Funny I thought this book was hilarious and honest and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you like Mindy Kaling and enjoy her sense of humour this is a must.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Mindy This book is so amazing, it's like reading my own inner monologue. Mindy is smart and funny while being introspective. Overall it's a great read but it doesn't last long :p #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great writer Mindy Kaling is an excellent writer. This book was pretty funny.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was hilarious! It's a great read, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I bought this book a month ago adn i am so happy i did it.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny girl! I read her second book first so decided to give this a go. While not as funny as Why not me. definitely had a few belly loves. Love her attitude and humor.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Great read, inspiring and humourous! Mindy Kaling never ceases to amaze me with her books!
Date published: 2016-11-28

Read from the Book

Chubby for LifeI don’t remember a time when I wasn’t chubby. Like being Indian, being chubby feels like it is just part of my permanent deal. I remember being in first grade, in Mrs. Gilmore’s class at Fiske Elementary School, and seeing that Ashley Kemp, the most popular girl in our class, weighed only thirty-seven pounds. We knew this because we weighed her on the industrial postal scale they kept in the teacher’s supply closet. I was so envious. I snuck into the supply closet later that same day to weigh myself. I was a whopping sixty-eight pounds.Some of the first math I understood was that I was closer to twice Ashley’s weight than to her weight.“Don’t be closer to twice a friend’s weight than to her actual weight,” I told myself. This little mantra has helped me stave off obesity for more than two decades.My mom’s a doctor, but because she came from India and then Africa, where childhood obesity was not a problem, she put no premium on having skinny kids. In fact, she and my dad didn’t mind having a chubby daughter. Part of me wonders if it even made them feel a little prosperous, like Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare this is? It will then not come as a surprise to you that I’ve never been thin in my life—except the day I was born, when I was six pounds.It’s a small point of pride that I was a six-pound baby, because from my limited understanding of baby weights, that’s on the skinnier side. I flaunt my low baby weight the way really obese people must flaunt their dainty, small feet. It’s my sole claim to skinny fame.As you can see, from then on, however, it was full-speed-ahead food paradise! In grade school, I would vacillate along the spectrum from chubby to full-on fat until I was about fourteen. Being overweight is so common in America and comes in so many forms that you can’t just call someone “fat” and have the reasonable expectation anyone will understand you. Here’s the breakdown:Chubby: A regular-size person who could lose a few, for whom you feel affection.Chubster: An overweight, adorable child. That kid from Two and a Half Men for the first couple of years.Fatso: An antiquated term, really. In the 1970s, mean sorority girls would call a pledge this. Probably most often used on people who aren’t even really fat, but who fear being fat.Fatass: Not usually used to describe weight, actually. This deceptive term is more a reflection of one’s laziness. In the writers’ room of The Office, an upper-level writer might get impatient and yell, “Eric, take your fat ass and those six fatasses and go write this B-story! I don’t want to hear any more excuses why the plot doesn’t make sense!”Jabba the Hutt: Star Wars villain. Also, something you can call yourself after a particularly filling Thanksgiving dinner that your aunts and uncles will all laugh really hard at.Obese: A serious, nonpejorative way to describe someone who is unhealthily overweight.Obeseotron: A nickname you give to someone you adore who has just stepped on your foot accidentally, and it hurts. Alternatively, a fat robot.Overweight: When someone is roughly thirty pounds too heavy for his or her frame.Pudgy: See “Chubby.”Pudgo: See “Chubster.”Tub o’ Lard: A huge compliment given by Depression-era people to other, less skinny people.Whale: A really, really mean way that teen boys target teen girls. See the following anecdote.Duante DialloThere have been two times in my life—ages fourteen and nineteen—when I lost a ton of weight over a short period of time. At fourteen, I lost the weight because of Duante Diallo.In ninth grade, my class was made up mostly of the same kids with whom I had gone to middle school, with the exception of about twenty splashy new students. One of those students was Duante.Duante Diallo was a handsome kid from Senegal who’d moved to Boston to play basketball for our school. He was immediately the star forward of our varsity basketball team. We had a not-great artsy-private-school basketball team, the kind made up of slender boys whose primary goal was to seem well-rounded for college applications. But you could tell Duante would’ve been the star of even a really good team. He was beloved by teachers because he was a brave kid for being so far away from his parents, and beloved by students because he was good-looking, a jock, and had an interesting African accent. Also, people couldn’t believe the stuff he had done in Senegal, like smoke, drive a car, have sex, live in a village, and hold a gun. When he was introduced at a student assembly, he chose to give a short speech where he taught us a sports cheer in Senegalese. In the hallways, small crowds would form around Duante as he shared stories from his past. Once he shot a cow with an AK-47. He was so popular you could barely look at him without being blinded by cool.Duante was also, unfortunately, a tyrannical asshole. Maybe I should have gleaned this from the joy with which he told the story about murdering a cow with a massive gun. He fixated on me early in the year as being overweight and was open with his observations. At first it had the veneer of niceness. For example, once I was getting a drink of water in the hallway where he and his friends were standing.Duante: You would actually be really pretty if you lost weight.His face was gentle and earnest, as though what he had really said was, “You remind me of a sunset in my native Senegal.” It was confusing. All I could muster as a reply to this insulting comment was “thank you.” I was hurt, but I rationalized that maybe Duante had been around only extremely thin African girls his whole third-world life and didn’t know American girls had access to refrigeration, and that we didn’t have to divide up UN food parcels with our neighbors. (This may have been a tad racist an assumption on my part. Look, we were both in the wrong.)By winter, I had not lost any weight, and in fact had gained about ten more pounds. This really bothered Duante. I think he felt he had gone out of his way to give me some valuable advice and I had chosen not to follow it, therefore insulting him. One day in February, I walked into the freshmen center, he stopped mid-conversation with his friends and gestured to me.Duante: Speaking of whales . . .I don’t even think they’d been talking about whales. The guys all laughed, but even I could tell some felt guilty doing it. I had been friends with most of them since we were kids. Danny Feinstein, who was my Latin study buddy, came up to me later that afternoon and told me that “What Duante said wasn’t cool.” He had a stoic look of noble do-gooder, although he had said nothing at the time of the insult. Again, I was forced to say thank you. How I continually found myself in situations where I felt I had to say thank you to mean guys, I’m not sure.It was a tough winter. I had gone from competitive, bookish nerd to nervous target. If this was Heathers, I was Martha Dumptruck and this mean African kid was all three Heathers. I turned my obsessive teenage energy away from reading Mad magazine and focused on my diet. I didn’t have access to a lot of weight-loss resources, because this was pre-Internet. There was one Weight Watchers near us, but it shared a mini-mall parking lot with a sketchy Salvation Army, and my parents didn’t like the idea of taking me there for meetings. So I invented a makeshift diet formula: I would eat exactly half of what was put in front of me, and no dessert. Without exercising, I lost thirty pounds in about two months. A janitor at school whom I liked, Mrs. Carrington, would see me and say, “Damn, you’ve got a metabolism on you, don’t you girl?” The janitors were always in my corner.I remember waking up in the morning and looking down at my fingers and seeing they had shrunk overnight. Suddenly I was freezing all the time, like those skinny girls in movie theaters are always complaining about, and needed to sleep with an extra wool blanket. My face thinned out, and my belly went away. I stopped wearing oversize college sweatshirts and corduroy pants with elastic waists. Light brown lines appeared on my upper inner arms that looked like little rivers headed to my shoulder blades. I actually thought they looked pretty, until my mom told me they were stretch marks from losing so much weight so fast. It was like a Disney sci-fi movie. Mom was impressed but didn’t want me to go overboard, which was impossible, because I was still eating a lot. I just had taken a break from eating like a professional football player. I loved all the side effects of losing the weight, but the reason I did it was so that Duante would stop making fun of me, so I could hang out in the freshmen center again, and not where I had been: across the street in the Fairy Woods.I thought Duante would finally leave me alone, but he didn’t. One day I was walking down the hallway to class and passed Duante and his group of friends.Duante: Remember when Mindy was like (blowing out his cheeks to make a fat face) a whale?They all laughed. Come on, dude. Remember when? I’m getting made fun of because I used to be fat? The laws of bullying allow you to be cruel even when the victim had made strides for improvement? This is when I realized that bullies have no code of conduct.Lucky for me, Duante was a bad student. English was his second language and that made everything harder for him. I delighted in the fact that he had to go to the middle school to take some of his classes. Sophomore year he broke his leg when he slipped during practice and collided with another student. For a short time he was even more popular, as sports injuries tend to make people, but then soon enough his crutches were tedious to people when he was slow-moving and hard to get around in the hallway. He didn’t play that season, and was never as good at basketball after the injury. He dropped out junior year, and I heard he got a girl pregnant. Part of me now feels a little bad for Duante Diallo, but not at the time. I was so happy. That fucking mean Senegalese kid.An InterventionI stayed at a pretty normal weight until college, when I put on the freshman thirty-five in the first six months. What’s that? You’ve never heard of the freshman thirty-five? That’s funny, because neither had my parents, who welcomed me home on spring vacation with mild horror. I was a vaguely familiar food monster who had eaten their daughter.When I lost weight at nineteen, it was significant because that is when I first started exercising. I had always successfully avoided exercise as a kid, by being an extra in school plays, or signing up for fake-y sports like Tai Chi, or manipulating gym teachers into letting me read books in the bleachers. So it was at Dartmouth College, in 1999, that I discovered exercise when my best friend, Brenda, taught me how to run. I was a sloth upon whom Brenda took pity, and she saved me from near-obesity with the patience and tenacity of Annie Sullivan, the Miracle Worker.Our workout routine was simple and mind-numbingly repetitive, an atmosphere in which I flourished, oddly. I started out walking for twenty minutes, and then Bren would make me do little spurts of running between lampposts or street signs. (For the record, Bren, a natural athlete, runs, like, a six-minute mile. This was an absolute waste of time for her. She was just doing this out of her well-brought-up Catholic kindness.) Then we’d come back to our apartment and do Abs of Steel together. Even though we mercilessly made fun of the video, which was from the deep eighties and included Tamilee Webb wearing aqua bike shorts and a pink thong leotard, we did it religiously. Tamilee had a rock-hard butt, and there was nothing ironic about it. The whole experience was surprisingly fun and cemented a friendship between Brenda and me for life. How can you not make a best friend out of a girl who has seen the sweat-soaked pelvis area of your gym pants, daily, and who still chooses to spend time with you? In this safe and friendly setting, I lost thirty pounds in a semester.I Love DietsI wish I could just be one of those French women you read about who stays thin by eating only the most gourmet foods in tiny, ascetic proportions, but I could never do that. First of all, I largely don’t like gourmet food. I like frozen yogurt. I think it tastes better than ice cream. I love diet soda; when I drink juice or regular soda it makes my blood sugar spike and I act like a cracked out Rachael Ray, but without the helpful household tips. I even like margarine, though everyone tells me it’s basically poison or whatever. So, that’s one thing I have going against me. Another obstacle is that my pattern is to eat exactly as much as whoever is hanging out with me, and between boyfriends and my tall athletic friends, we’re a bunch of huge eaters. I really do have a remarkable appetite. I remember when the news reports came out about Michael Phelps’s ten-thousand-calorie-a-day diet, and everyone was so shocked. But I just thought, yep, I could do that, no problem.Ultimately, the main reasons why I will be chubby for life are (1) I have virtually no hobbies except dieting. I can’t speak any non-English languages, knit, ski, scrapbook, or cook. I have no pets. I don’t know how to do drugs. I lost my passport three years ago when I moved into my house and never got it renewed. Video games scare me because they all seem to simulate situations I’d hate to be in, like war or stealing cars. So if I ever lost weight I would also lose my only hobby; (2) I have no discipline; I’m like if Private Benjamin had never toughened up but, in fact, got worse; (3) Guys I’ve dated have been into me the way I am; and (4) I’m pretty happy with the way I look, so long as I don’t break a beach chair.My love for dieting is a recent realization. It turns out I have a passion for trying out new eating plans and exercises. Dukan, South Beach, French Women Don’t Get Fat, Cavemen Don’t Get Fat, Single-Celled Organisms Don’t Get Fat, Skinny Bitch, Skinny Wretch—after a while on one regimen, I get bored and want to try a new one. It’s actually fun for me to read all the material and testimonials of the tan, shammy doctors who stand by the diets medically. It’s only a matter of time before the Jane Austen Diet comes out, and I’m really looking forward to spending a spring adhering to that one.

Editorial Reviews

“She’s like Tina Fey’s cool little sister. Or perhaps… the next Nora Ephron.” —The New York Times  “The fashion opinions of Kelly Kapoor mixed with a Miss Manners-esque advice column.” —EW.com “If you love Kelly and think the three minutes or so allotted her on episodes of The Office are too few, you can take home Mindy.” —The New Yorker “Is anyone else kind of sold on the genius title alone?” —Nylon“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is hilarious and relatable—just like Kaling’s classic Tweets.” —Ladies Home JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.