Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Review

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a quick but fun read. The book consists of amusing anecdotes from Mindy Kaling's life. She discusses how she got to where she is today. The book wasn't as laugh out loud funny as I thought it would be, but it was amusing. I think I would have liked it more, if the short stories were a bit more consistent in their length. Some stories were several pages, while others were just a paragraph. I don't think I would have minded, if the "meatier" stories were always the long ones but that wasn't always the case. The book was very stream of consciousness. It seems like when she got tired of a topic, she just moved on. I wonder how many drafts the book went through.

One thing that was a bit weird was the mixture of name dropping and using fake names. I understand that the fake names was to "protect the innocent;" however, Mindy Kaling is a public figure and a little googling will probably get you the information. If she didn't want to go into detail about certain things, I feel that she shouldn't have gone into as much detail as she did. On the flip side, The Office name drops got a little tiring. I get it that this show is her bread and butter, but the way it was done was obnoxious. It shouldn't be obnoxious, since The Office is a big part of her life, but it was.

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