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

72%

40 Critic Reviews

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is an entertaining and amusing book. It is also relatable because let’s be honest, however superficial it makes us seem, concerns such as is everyone hanging out without me are shared by many, many people.
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Synopsis

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.




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About Mindy Kaling

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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. Her billing zip code is 90067
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Three Rivers Press. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 40 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 10

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 27 2012

...Kaling charts the course of her varied life, while offering often hilarious, sometimes poignant tips...Kaling’s fresh humor, one-liners, and analogies...make this...worth...sharing with friends.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Hadley Freeman on Nov 08 2011

Her book is part memoir, part riff, and all hilarity

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Sahar on Dec 12 2014

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is an entertaining and amusing book. It is also relatable because let’s be honest, however superficial it makes us seem, concerns such as is everyone hanging out without me are shared by many, many people.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Nili Wexler on Dec 22 2011

She's articulate and that made it readable, but not funny enough. Not for the level of humor of which Kaling is clearly capable.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Nili Wexler on Dec 21 2011

She’s articulate and that made it readable, but not funny enough. Not for the level of humor of which Kaling is clearly capable.

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PopMatters

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Watson on Nov 15 2011

If there’s one thing that stands out about Kaling in her book, it’s that she really is incredibly relatable.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Jen Chaney on Nov 18 2011

A mix of childhood memoir, inside-Hollywood confessional and commentary on important cultural matters...the book takes unnecessary detours that sometimes do it a disservice.

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Book Buzz

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Reviewed by Sarah Chain on Mar 02 2012

“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” turns out to be a pretty funny series of stories...If you liked Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” you’ll enjoy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Staskiewicz on May 25 2011

It’s cute, but not anywhere as funny as one would expect from a writer on The Office.

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Persephone Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Crystal Coleman on Nov 11 2011

Kaling has the perfect combination of knowing exactly who she is...yet being able to state her shortcomings without it seeming like she’s artificially creating flaws just to appear imperfect

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Annenberg Digital News

Good
Reviewed by Kiran Kazalbash on Nov 20 2011

"Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me" is clever collection of thoughts, observations and experiences of a funny girl who does what she loves and finds things to laugh about along the way.

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After Ellen

Excellent
Reviewed by Courtney Gillette on Nov 14 2011

Reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is akin to befriending Kaling for two hundred pages and basking in her sincerity and humor.

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Live Journal

Above average
Reviewed by shadowy duck on Jun 16 2012

Kaling focuses mostly on brief, humorous stories that recount how she became a comedy writer, from her childhood friendships to college extracurricular performance activities and postgraduation writing experiences.

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Caliber Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Mariam Sleiman on Dec 21 2011

Its a quick read that is relevant and relate-able, and when you’re reading it, you will feel like you’re having coffee with that particularly chatty, but charming friend of yours.

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Divanee.

Good
Reviewed by Sabrina Siddiqui on Nov 15 2011

The book is filled with laughs that the reader should experience as he/she tears through one of the most enjoyable reads this year. It’s the kind of book readers can easily devour in one sitting, simply because it is that much fun...

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

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Reviewed by SWAPNA KRISHNA · on Oct 17 2012

It was witty, charming, and really made me fall in love with Mindy Kaling. The stories she told were interesting, and it was refreshing to read about how normal she is.

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Quick Book Reviews

Good
on Mar 06 2014

Regardless of whether or not you like Mindy’s work as an actress, chances are that her work as an author will keep you thoroughly entertained.

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Devourer of Books

Above average
on Apr 08 2014

While not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as Tina Fey’s Bossypants – which Kaling herself references in the introduction – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is charming and extremely entertaining.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

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Reviewed by Felicia S on Mar 03 2014

She never comes across snobbish, instead I wanted to be her BFF. She seems like she would be delightful to hang out with and talk about the normal stuff all of us go through.

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Chick Lit Central

Above average
Reviewed by Melissa on Jan 22 2014

From the very first page, Mindy had me laughing and grinning. Her book is very easygoing and random at times. It reminds me of The Mindy Project, even though it was written before the show premiered.

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

Excellent
Reviewed by Kim on Mar 13 2012

The Mindy Kaling in this book is relatable, especially to a bookish and obedient nerd like myself. The book reads very much like a book of advice and embarrassing stories from one friend to another, not a confessional memoir.

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Vulpus Libris

Excellent
Reviewed by Jackie on Mar 19 2012

There is a sweetness to Kaling without sappiness. Irony without nastiness. It was refreshing to read a book about a celebrity who is well balanced and witty. I actually laughed out loud a number of times while reading.

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The Book Stop

Above average
Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Mar 16 2014

I liked and respected Kaling before reading the book, and I like her more afterwards. This isn’t an earth-shattering or a ground-breaking read. But it is funny.

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Sarah Says Read

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Jan 02 2012

I do think that if you’re a girl, you should just pick this up and read it – it’ll only take you one afternoon, and it’s a cute memoir. Mindy seems like such a sweet, fun person and her book is funny, light-hearted, and enjoyable.

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Reeder Reads

Good
on Apr 08 2014

I love the fact that she’s so humble and seems so down to earth. On more than one occasion, I found myself reading essay after essay, wanting to be best friends with Mindy Kaling.

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The Picky Girl

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Reviewed by pickygirl on Oct 24 2013

...there is an awareness in Kaling’s book, a liberation of sorts, that wasn’t apparent in Bossypants. In a sense, Mindy is able to worry about everyone hanging out without her whereas Tina Fey was scrambling to even get in the door.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

Below average
on Feb 10 2012

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? should have been hilarious. And it was, at first. Halfway through it, I realized that it wasn't as funny as I initially thought it was. Her childhood? Hysterical. Post college? It was just okay.

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My Books. My Life.

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jan 23 2012

This book will naturally be compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, but I think Kaling holds her own even in that comparison. This book is entertaining, smart, and funny. I only wish it were twice as long.

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Having Said That

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Nov 23 2011

Kaling’s descriptions are so utterly perfect at times that they had me laughing out loud (something that I assure you, books and movies can rarely make me do). Even the events most would recount with an air of sadness are made lighter by Kaling.

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The Broke and the Bookish

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Reviewed by Kelly on Dec 29 2012

This isn't high literature, it's just fun. The overall tone is very casual, as if you are just talking to a friend. The book isn't chronological and arranged in neat chapters, it's more or less a collection of random thoughts/reflections.

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One More Page

Above average
Reviewed by Tina on Mar 19 2014

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a funny and refreshing read, a good in-between books for when you read too much fiction or when you have too much drama in your life, or when you just want to laugh, period. Definitely keeping this on my shelf.

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Relevant

Good
Reviewed by dave buckmaster on Feb 01 2012

...while many of her peers may be just as funny, it’s Kaling’s unique lack of cynicism that has earned her the ability to make a significant cultural impact whenever she chooses.

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IRBRATB

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on Apr 08 2014

I think you’d enjoy this book whether you’re a fan of the author of not. It’s a pretty short read and even though I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, I’m still glad I read it.

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http://gonewiththewords.com

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Reviewed by Jess on Feb 18 2013

Mindy Kaling’s autobiography is incredibly easy to relate to. If by the end you don’t feel like you’ve made a new friend, we probably won’t be friends. Her self-deprecating stories are endearing.

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What I Read and What I Thought

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Reviewed by TG on Sep 14 2012

...once Kaling gets to the part where she's firmly ensconced in her role as a writer and recurring character on The Office, Is Everyone...? runs out of steam. Kaling's only thirty and even with keeping the book as short as it is, she doesn't have enough of her life and career behind her to fill the whole thing.

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Hello Giggles

Good
Reviewed by Lindsey Silken on May 06 2012

...Mindy is just like you, but the cool, funny, confident friend you wish you had. She has an inspiring way of sharing that makes you think you’re on your own road to success.

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A Crowded Bookshelf Blog

Above average
on Nov 07 2011

While reading the book, I found that I got to know Kaling and I liked her a lot; she comes off as very likable, witty and fiercely loyal to her friends...

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Review Room

Good
Reviewed by Amodini on Aug 07 2013

This book is laugh-out-loud funny. But it is also heart-felt, and in her witty, humorous uptakes Mindy manages to squeeze in some of life’s truths.

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RJ Does Books!

Good
Reviewed by RJ Gonzales on Sep 16 2013

Mindy is very witty, intentionally and sometimes unintentionally wise, and most of all one of the greatest new faces of comedy. This book was a quick read, especially for a slow reader like me. I’m glad I read it...

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Shamontiel L. Vaughn

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Reviewed by Shamontiel on Dec 17 2013

Kaling covers all things serious and funny...Either way it goes, this was a funny, light-hearted read full of entertaining stories.

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