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My friend recommended Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling to me about a month ago when she told me she was laughing so hard while reading it on the rush hour train and having people look at her funny. Of course, that always funny – laughing to your book while people have no idea what’s going on.

I have to say I wasn’t dying to read it, but I had a free weekend so I did anyway. It’s a pretty short book (only about 240 pages) and the writing makes it a pretty quick read.

When I read this, I only pictured Mindy Kaling as Kelly from The Office. I had this image in my head of a crazy girly girl with a high-pitch voice. But as I went along, Kaling shows herself as a outgoing, fun, down-to-earth person that knows she’s kinda weird and kooky, which is refreshing to read.

Even though she is a comedian, the book itself isn’t that funny. It models itself on Tina Fey’s Bossypants a bit, but I think this book is meant to be more autobiographical than funny. There are a few parts that are laugh out loud, like when she has random chapters devoted to her random thoughts. For example: “Types of Women in Romantic Comedies,” “Franchises I Would Like To Reboot,” “Someone Explain One-Night Stands To Me,” and my personal favourite (which I whole-heartedly agreed and am so happy someone pointed this one and wrote it down somewhere) “Why Do Men Put On Their Shoes So Slowly?”

It was pretty good and it only took me a couple of hours to read it cover to cover. I would recommend this book as beach reading, or if you have a couple of hours to kill (in an airport, on the weekend, etc.).

Rating:
{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{x} All right
{  } Exciting
{  } Enthralling

Book 11 out of 60

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