One of my best friends gave me a copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? as a present, which was fitting in two ways. First, it was fitting because Mindy Kaling discusses many topics that my friend and I have discussed over the years from friendships to fashion to dating and guys and much more. Second, because by time I was finished reading, I realized if I knew Mindy Kaling in real life, we would totally be best friends. So it was like my best friend was introducing me to another best friend without being jealous that I have more than one best friend.
And that is exactly how the book reads: as if Mindy Kaling is your best friend giving you advice. Before this book, I had only ever seen Kaling in the few episodes of The Office, so didn’t know anything more than that she was that girl from The Office. What I did find out from reading not only impressed me, but made me want to check out more of her work. I learned that not only did she have a character role in The Office, but that she was also one of the writers for the show. I found her journey as a writer to be fascinating and encouraging. It was amazing to me how a little skit put together by Kaling and Brenda Withers (Matt and Ben) took off and helped launch her into the writing world. While I think Kaling would have made it regardless, it’s one of those I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening stories where much more comes from something than expected (and as Kaling writes it, I think they were just as surprised when it happened). The story shows that anything can happen, which leads it to be inspiring.
This is another book that I would say there wasn’t anything about it I didn’t like. It’s a short book—around 220 pages—and also a page turner. I was able to read at least 50 pages in each sitting, and even Kaling mentions in the book that it should not take you months to read it. Kaling writes as she talks—but not in a bad way, since a lot of times people writing as they talk does not turn out well. Instead, it helps the book feel more personal and not preachy. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a witty book that made me chuckle on multiple occasions while also connecting with someone I’ve never met before in my life. From childhood experiences to learning to survive adulthood, the stories Kaling tells are relatable to readers ranging from the late teens to early 30’s.