Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)

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Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) is a great summer read. It’s funny, it’s cute, and it’s broken up into convenient bite-sized morsels.

How do I talk about a book like this? It’s so far from my usual reading practices…it’s composed of a series of essays through which Kaling explores everything from family relationships to dating to eating/weight to career success. I love Kaling’s commentary on women, weight, and food — she is confident and funny and doesn’t buy into the ridiculous ideas about this triangular relationship that so many (especially those in the film industry) seem to endorse. Her humor and honesty are refreshing.

I really enjoyed the book, even if I clearly don’t know how to talk about it. I loved Kaling’s authorial voice (so friendly, so accessible), I loved her unabashed candor, and I loved that this book was the one I had with me on the plane because it was super easy to read a little here and a little there and not get lost.

GOOD FOR:  women looking for a little honest humor, anyone who’s a little quirky and wants to see the success story of another eccentric soul, and readers in search of a fun read.

BAD FOR:  anyone who expects Kaling to speak exclusively about her experience as an Indian American in the film industry (not sure why you’d expect that, but I’m just throwing it out there), people who don’t like goofy humor, and those who are not fans of Mindy Kaling’s.

GOOD WITH:  Me Talk Pretty One DayBossypants, and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

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