Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – book review

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

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Of the memoirs I have read recently this was, thankfully, the shortest. Mindy Kaling is a nerdy version of Kelly Kapoor, if you don’t like Kelly you probably won’t like this book. You also may not like this book if you really like The Office and even enjoy the Kelly Kapoor character.

Maybe I was hoping it would be really funny and thought provoking like Bossypants from Tina Fey or maybe it would be a shorter version of the dry witted, tattle-taley The Fry Chronicles by Stephan Fry. No, on both counts, it just seemed like a self indulgent memoir of someone who has not lived yet.

I wouldn’t want to give the impression that I don’t think that Mindy Kaling is talented. She had some observations about her parents’ marriage that I enjoyed. Although her own fantasies about killing her fantasy husband on her own wedding night were disturbing and should be a cautionary note to anyone considering dating Mindy.

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