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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  In this hilarious instant classic, the creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood.

“[Kaling is] like Tina Fey’s cool little sister. Or perhaps . . . the next Nora Ephron.”—The New York Times

 
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!
 
With several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? proves that 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.
 
Praise for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

“Where have you been all our lives, Mindy?” Glamour

“Who wouldn’t want to hang out with Mindy Kaling? . . . [ Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?] is like a mash note to comedy nerds.” Time Out New York

“Very funny.” Boston Globe

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“Like listening to a likably gabby friend chatter happily over generously poured glasses of red wine.” Washington Post

“[Kaling’s] comedic chops certainly shine throughout the book—as if we need more proof of her talent.” HuffPost

“Kaling doles out neurotic charm and hilarious every-woman musings.” Elle

“She’s like Tina Fey’s cool little sister. Or perhaps… the next Nora Ephron.” The New York Times
 
“The fashion opinions of Kelly Kapoor mixed with a Miss Manners-esque advice column.” Entertainment Weekly
 
“If you love Kelly and think the three minutes or so allotted her on episodes of The Office are too few, you can take home Mindy.” The New Yorker
 
“Is anyone else kind of sold on the genius title alone?” Nylon

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is hilarious and relatable—just like Kaling’s classic Tweets.” Ladies Home Journal

About the Author

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently writes and produces the Netflix original series  Never Have I Ever, based on her own childhood. She also wrote, executive produced, and starred in the comedy series   The Mindy Project. Before  The Mindy Project, Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award–winning NBC show  The Office. In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote eighteen episodes of the series, including the Emmy-nominated episode “Niagara.” Mindy was named one of  Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In 2014, she was named one of  Glamour’s women of the year.

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Chubby for Life

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t chubby. Like being Indian, being chubby feels like it is just part of my permanent deal. I remember being in first grade, in Mrs. Gilmore’s class at Fiske Elementary School, and seeing that Ashley Kemp, the most popular girl in our class, weighed only thirty-seven pounds. We knew this because we weighed her on the industrial postal scale they kept in the teacher’s supply closet. I was so envious. I snuck into the supply closet later that same day to weigh myself. I was a whopping sixty-eight pounds.

Some of the first math I understood was that I was closer to twice Ashley’s weight than to her weight.

“Don’t be closer to twice a friend’s weight than to her actual weight,” I told myself. This little mantra has helped me stave off obesity for more than two decades.

My mom’s a doctor, but because she came from India and then Africa, where childhood obesity was not a problem, she put no premium on having skinny kids. In fact, she and my dad didn’t mind having a chubby daughter. Part of me wonders if it even made them feel a little prosperous, like Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare this is? It will then not come as a surprise to you that I’ve never been thin in my life—except the day I was born, when I was six pounds.

It’s a small point of pride that I was a six-pound baby, because from my limited understanding of baby weights, that’s on the skinnier side. I flaunt my low baby weight the way really obese people must flaunt their dainty, small feet. It’s my sole claim to skinny fame.

As you can see, from then on, however, it was full-speed-ahead food paradise! In grade school, I would vacillate along the spectrum from chubby to full-on fat until I was about fourteen. Being overweight is so common in America and comes in so many forms that you can’t just call someone “fat” and have the reasonable expectation anyone will understand you. Here’s the breakdown:

Chubby: A regular-size person who could lose a few, for whom you feel affection.

Chubster: An overweight, adorable child. That kid from Two and a Half Men for the first couple of years.

Fatso: An antiquated term, really. In the 1970s, mean sorority girls would call a pledge this. Probably most often used on people who aren’t even really fat, but who fear being fat.

Fatass: Not usually used to describe weight, actually. This deceptive term is more a reflection of one’s laziness. In the writers’ room of The Office, an upper-level writer might get impatient and yell, “Eric, take your fat ass and those six fatasses and go write this B-story! I don’t want to hear any more excuses why the plot doesn’t make sense!”

Jabba the Hutt: Star Wars villain. Also, something you can call yourself after a particularly filling Thanksgiving dinner that your aunts and uncles will all laugh really hard at.

Obese: A serious, nonpejorative way to describe someone who is unhealthily overweight.

Obeseotron: A nickname you give to someone you adore who has just stepped on your foot accidentally, and it hurts. Alternatively, a fat robot.

Overweight: When someone is roughly thirty pounds too heavy for his or her frame.

Pudgy: See “Chubby.”

Pudgo: See “Chubster.”

Tub o’ Lard: A huge compliment given by Depression-era people to other, less skinny people.

Whale: A really, really mean way that teen boys target teen girls. See the following anecdote.

Duante Diallo

There have been two times in my life—ages fourteen and nineteen—when I lost a ton of weight over a short period of time. At fourteen, I lost the weight because of Duante Diallo.

In ninth grade, my class was made up mostly of the same kids with whom I had gone to middle school, with the exception of about twenty splashy new students. One of those students was Duante.

Duante Diallo was a handsome kid from Senegal who’d moved to Boston to play basketball for our school. He was immediately the star forward of our varsity basketball team. We had a not-great artsy-private-school basketball team, the kind made up of slender boys whose primary goal was to seem well-rounded for college applications. But you could tell Duante would’ve been the star of even a really good team. He was beloved by teachers because he was a brave kid for being so far away from his parents, and beloved by students because he was good-looking, a jock, and had an interesting African accent. Also, people couldn’t believe the stuff he had done in Senegal, like smoke, drive a car, have sex, live in a village, and hold a gun. When he was introduced at a student assembly, he chose to give a short speech where he taught us a sports cheer in Senegalese. In the hallways, small crowds would form around Duante as he shared stories from his past. Once he shot a cow with an AK-47. He was so popular you could barely look at him without being blinded by cool.

Duante was also, unfortunately, a tyrannical asshole. Maybe I should have gleaned this from the joy with which he told the story about murdering a cow with a massive gun. He fixated on me early in the year as being overweight and was open with his observations. At first it had the veneer of niceness. For example, once I was getting a drink of water in the hallway where he and his friends were standing.

Duante: You would actually be really pretty if you lost weight.

His face was gentle and earnest, as though what he had really said was, “You remind me of a sunset in my native Senegal.” It was confusing. All I could muster as a reply to this insulting comment was “thank you.” I was hurt, but I rationalized that maybe Duante had been around only extremely thin African girls his whole third-world life and didn’t know American girls had access to refrigeration, and that we didn’t have to divide up UN food parcels with our neighbors. (This may have been a tad racist an assumption on my part. Look, we were both in the wrong.)

By winter, I had not lost any weight, and in fact had gained about ten more pounds. This really bothered Duante. I think he felt he had gone out of his way to give me some valuable advice and I had chosen not to follow it, therefore insulting him. One day in February, I walked into the freshmen center, he stopped mid-conversation with his friends and gestured to me.

Duante: Speaking of whales . . .

I don’t even think they’d been talking about whales. The guys all laughed, but even I could tell some felt guilty doing it. I had been friends with most of them since we were kids. Danny Feinstein, who was my Latin study buddy, came up to me later that afternoon and told me that “What Duante said wasn’t cool.” He had a stoic look of noble do-gooder, although he had said nothing at the time of the insult. Again, I was forced to say thank you. How I continually found myself in situations where I felt I had to say thank you to mean guys, I’m not sure.

It was a tough winter. I had gone from competitive, bookish nerd to nervous target. If this was Heathers, I was Martha Dumptruck and this mean African kid was all three Heathers. I turned my obsessive teenage energy away from reading Mad magazine and focused on my diet. I didn’t have access to a lot of weight-loss resources, because this was pre-Internet. There was one Weight Watchers near us, but it shared a mini-mall parking lot with a sketchy Salvation Army, and my parents didn’t like the idea of taking me there for meetings. So I invented a makeshift diet formula: I would eat exactly half of what was put in front of me, and no dessert. Without exercising, I lost thirty pounds in about two months. A janitor at school whom I liked, Mrs. Carrington, would see me and say, “Damn, you’ve got a metabolism on you, don’t you girl?” The janitors were always in my corner.

I remember waking up in the morning and looking down at my fingers and seeing they had shrunk overnight. Suddenly I was freezing all the time, like those skinny girls in movie theaters are always complaining about, and needed to sleep with an extra wool blanket. My face thinned out, and my belly went away. I stopped wearing oversize college sweatshirts and corduroy pants with elastic waists. Light brown lines appeared on my upper inner arms that looked like little rivers headed to my shoulder blades. I actually thought they looked pretty, until my mom told me they were stretch marks from losing so much weight so fast. It was like a Disney sci-fi movie. Mom was impressed but didn’t want me to go overboard, which was impossible, because I was still eating a lot. I just had taken a break from eating like a professional football player. I loved all the side effects of losing the weight, but the reason I did it was so that Duante would stop making fun of me, so I could hang out in the freshmen center again, and not where I had been: across the street in the Fairy Woods.

I thought Duante would finally leave me alone, but he didn’t. One day I was walking down the hallway to class and passed Duante and his group of friends.

Duante: Remember when Mindy was like (blowing out his cheeks to make a fat face) a whale?

They all laughed. Come on, dude. Remember when? I’m getting made fun of because I used to be fat? The laws of bullying allow you to be cruel even when the victim had made strides for improvement? This is when I realized that bullies have no code of conduct.

Lucky for me, Duante was a bad student. English was his second language and that made everything harder for him. I delighted in the fact that he had to go to the middle school to take some of his classes. Sophomore year he broke his leg when he slipped during practice and collided with another student. For a short time he was even more popular, as sports injuries tend to make people, but then soon enough his crutches were tedious to people when he was slow-moving and hard to get around in the hallway. He didn’t play that season, and was never as good at basketball after the injury. He dropped out junior year, and I heard he got a girl pregnant. Part of me now feels a little bad for Duante Diallo, but not at the time. I was so happy. That fucking mean Senegalese kid.

An Intervention

I stayed at a pretty normal weight until college, when I put on the freshman thirty-five in the first six months. What’s that? You’ve never heard of the freshman thirty-five? That’s funny, because neither had my parents, who welcomed me home on spring vacation with mild horror. I was a vaguely familiar food monster who had eaten their daughter.

When I lost weight at nineteen, it was significant because that is when I first started exercising. I had always successfully avoided exercise as a kid, by being an extra in school plays, or signing up for fake-y sports like Tai Chi, or manipulating gym teachers into letting me read books in the bleachers. So it was at Dartmouth College, in 1999, that I discovered exercise when my best friend, Brenda, taught me how to run. I was a sloth upon whom Brenda took pity, and she saved me from near-obesity with the patience and tenacity of Annie Sullivan, the Miracle Worker.

Our workout routine was simple and mind-numbingly repetitive, an atmosphere in which I flourished, oddly. I started out walking for twenty minutes, and then Bren would make me do little spurts of running between lampposts or street signs. (For the record, Bren, a natural athlete, runs, like, a six-minute mile. This was an absolute waste of time for her. She was just doing this out of her well-brought-up Catholic kindness.) Then we’d come back to our apartment and do Abs of Steel together. Even though we mercilessly made fun of the video, which was from the deep eighties and included Tamilee Webb wearing aqua bike shorts and a pink thong leotard, we did it religiously. Tamilee had a rock-hard butt, and there was nothing ironic about it. The whole experience was surprisingly fun and cemented a friendship between Brenda and me for life. How can you not make a best friend out of a girl who has seen the sweat-soaked pelvis area of your gym pants, daily, and who still chooses to spend time with you? In this safe and friendly setting, I lost thirty pounds in a semester.

I Love Diets

I wish I could just be one of those French women you read about who stays thin by eating only the most gourmet foods in tiny, ascetic proportions, but I could never do that. First of all, I largely don’t like gourmet food. I like frozen yogurt. I think it tastes better than ice cream. I love diet soda; when I drink juice or regular soda it makes my blood sugar spike and I act like a cracked out Rachael Ray, but without the helpful household tips. I even like margarine, though everyone tells me it’s basically poison or whatever. So, that’s one thing I have going against me. Another obstacle is that my pattern is to eat exactly as much as whoever is hanging out with me, and between boyfriends and my tall athletic friends, we’re a bunch of huge eaters. I really do have a remarkable appetite. I remember when the news reports came out about Michael Phelps’s ten-thousand-calorie-a-day diet, and everyone was so shocked. But I just thought, yep, I could do that, no problem.

Ultimately, the main reasons why I will be chubby for life are (1) I have virtually no hobbies except dieting. I can’t speak any non-English languages, knit, ski, scrapbook, or cook. I have no pets. I don’t know how to do drugs. I lost my passport three years ago when I moved into my house and never got it renewed. Video games scare me because they all seem to simulate situations I’d hate to be in, like war or stealing cars. So if I ever lost weight I would also lose my only hobby; (2) I have no discipline; I’m like if Private Benjamin had never toughened up but, in fact, got worse; (3) Guys I’ve dated have been into me the way I am; and (4) I’m pretty happy with the way I look, so long as I don’t break a beach chair.

My love for dieting is a recent realization. It turns out I have a passion for trying out new eating plans and exercises. Dukan, South Beach, French Women Don’t Get Fat, Cavemen Don’t Get Fat, Single-Celled Organisms Don’t Get Fat, Skinny Bitch, Skinny Wretch—after a while on one regimen, I get bored and want to try a new one. It’s actually fun for me to read all the material and testimonials of the tan, shammy doctors who stand by the diets medically. It’s only a matter of time before the Jane Austen Diet comes out, and I’m really looking forward to spending a spring adhering to that one.

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Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2019
I honestly found it boring. I tried very hard to give it the benefit of the doubt because I respect her as a writer an actress and enjoyed both the office and the mindy project very much but I just couldn''t finish it. I probably should have known better but I thought there... See more
I honestly found it boring. I tried very hard to give it the benefit of the doubt because I respect her as a writer an actress and enjoyed both the office and the mindy project very much but I just couldn''t finish it. I probably should have known better but I thought there were too many Hollywood celebrity references and many of her stories just seemed unrelatable to me. I guess I was expecting more of a book of life lessons type of biography but there were too many story telling without real conclusions and it just didn''t catch my attention. Also, Mindy sounded a bit shallow and I felt like my values didn''t align with hers but that''s just a personal feeling I got and it definitely disappointed me cause I''ve always looked up to her.
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Angelena
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Better than I expected
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
I generally don''t go for celebrity memoirs, but the "Read Harder" challenge included reading a guilty pleasure. I had a couple of mysteries or the "Crazy Rich Asians" books in mind, but this seemed more truly a guilty pleasure. It turned out to be an easy, fun... See more
I generally don''t go for celebrity memoirs, but the "Read Harder" challenge included reading a guilty pleasure. I had a couple of mysteries or the "Crazy Rich Asians" books in mind, but this seemed more truly a guilty pleasure.

It turned out to be an easy, fun read. I identified with her never being a cute little thing and not being one of the popular kids, and how she dealt with that. I wish I had done the same. So, what seemed to be just a silly celebrity memoir, turned out to have a little lesson in it.

BTW, she grew up in the Boston area, so I was familiar with a lot of the places and events she writes about. I always find it fun when I read a book and recognize something the average reader might not.
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Dissecting a modern day woman’s brain – it’s just so fluffy!.
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2016
A pleasant light-hearted look at a woman’s point of view about everything – not to say that it offers advice or opinions, because it’s not. It’s simply a glance inside Mindy Kaling’s head… and it seemed a lot like mine in there. Some parts were random lists or... See more
A pleasant light-hearted look at a woman’s point of view about everything – not to say that it offers advice or opinions, because it’s not. It’s simply a glance inside Mindy Kaling’s head… and it seemed a lot like mine in there.

Some parts were random lists or stories about things, which had me laughing my guts out. Simply because they were random. And funny. And how I too suddenly blurt out the most obtuse and inappropriate things. Mindy Kaling is me and a brave woman suit! Heck no, Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal.

I wouldn’t go so far to say this book in hilarious. I don’t think that was her goal in writing this book. Just like as a performer or comedian we’re not meant to be performing monkeys ‘on’ all the time just for your enjoyment. It was like sitting down on the lounge floor in you pj’s and having a gasbag with your girlfriends.

I love how the structure was broken up into flashbacks, lists, stories and comments on pictures… it really was like how evenings go with my girlfriends, clutching a glass of bubbly reminiscing and making each other cackle until we snort.

I did want it to be funnier though. Or more engaging. But I understand in doing so it would have either been too serious, or too silly. This that the right amount of everything to kick back and relax, and to just enjoy reading.

I appreciate how Mindy simply blurts out what’s on her mind. It’s finding a voice for much of my internal dialogue; and whether she intended the book to be like this or not, after reading it, I felt that if we were to run into each other at a party would become fast friends. And that is a great tone to have of a memoir. Masterfully done.

So many hot key topics discussed without being pretentious. I recommend this to anyone who loves memoirs, or just loves being a girl.
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was such a joy to read
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2016
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was such a joy to read. I devoured this book in two sittings. And it wasn’t just one long joke either. There was some real substance to her writing. A lot of legitimately laugh out loud funny moments, but other more deeper moments too.... See more
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was such a joy to read. I devoured this book in two sittings. And it wasn’t just one long joke either. There was some real substance to her writing. A lot of legitimately laugh out loud funny moments, but other more deeper moments too. With the turn of each page, you see Mindy grow and mature. Her writing is raw and honest. You feel like you’re sitting down with Mindy over a cup of coffee and something sweet (although, of course, not a cupcake; she doesn’t eat those anymore). I think every woman at any age could find something to relate to within these pages. And I think that’s a real testament to not only the quality of the writing, but also as to the quality of the author herself. The book wasn’t perfect and there were a few moments that were a little slower than others, but she still deserved five stars. It was evident she poured out all of herself into this book. And that’s something you don’t always get. Mindy you have a life-long fan in me!
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Love her. Nice read.
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2019
I love Mindy Kaling. Like exuberantly love this lady. I still binge watch “The Mindy Project” just as often as “The Office.” I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read quickly. 3 stars because it isn’t a book I feel I would ever read again. Closer to the end, I tired of... See more
I love Mindy Kaling. Like exuberantly love this lady. I still binge watch “The Mindy Project” just as often as “The Office.” I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read quickly. 3 stars because it isn’t a book I feel I would ever read again. Closer to the end, I tired of the fluff and wished we had more vulnerability. That’s probably hard for celebrities since they already are so exposed - but, I still wish I felt like I knew more about her as a person after finishing her book.
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"Don''t Peak in High School"......completely relatable and incredibly funny!
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
This review is based on my experience of reading the entire kindle version of this book. Overall I was entertained by the book but I found myself to be more engaged with the content in the first half and less interested toward the end. The chapter titled "Don''t... See more
This review is based on my experience of reading the entire kindle version of this book.

Overall I was entertained by the book but I found myself to be more engaged with the content in the first half and less interested toward the end. The chapter titled "Don''t Peak in High School" was truly laughable. Mindy analyses the lyrics to John Mellencamp''s "Jack & Diane" song about some care free high school teenagers reveling in their popularity and lackadaisical days which will ultimately be the best time of their lives. I have the added benefit of being a high school teacher in the Midwest and this song epitomizes a strong feel in these rural communities. The influx of new ideas and experiences is nearly nonexistent and kids and parents don''t have any idea of what to strive for outside the limited opportunities available in their community. But I was raised outside of New York City where every childhood decision was tailored to benefit my acceptance into college and future career. So for me high school was just a necessary step to a much brighter future. Mindy analyzes the lyrics in terms of both of these viewpoints and it was a hysterical experience for me.

"Someone Explain One-Night Stands to Me" was my second favorite chapter. Mindy is baffled why people sleep with complete strangers that they know absolutely nothing about and then never see or hear from again. Concerns over safety and emotions are investigated. I totally agreed with Mindy on this subject and found myself chuckling with her queries.

This wasn''t the funniest book I have read (hence the 3-star review) but it was a cute and entertaining quick read that I enjoyed.
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Hilarious From Start to Finish!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2016
I bought this ebook on Kindle quite a while back when it was on sale. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it. It''s freaking hilarious from start to finish. If I could rate it more than 5 stars, I would. Being a huge fan of The Office, I knew who Mindy Kaling was,... See more
I bought this ebook on Kindle quite a while back when it was on sale. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it. It''s freaking hilarious from start to finish. If I could rate it more than 5 stars, I would. Being a huge fan of The Office, I knew who Mindy Kaling was, but I''ll admit I''d not watched her in much else. I don''t really watch TV. Or, I should say, the only television I watch are shows I already know and love and then I''ll stream a season at a time on Netflix or Prime. I am now a huge Kaling fan. This book reads like a really long email between me and one of my BFF''s. LOL. I read 90% of it in one sitting and only stopped because I needed at least a solid two hours of sleep before going into work. Definitely intending on reading her follow-up book. I think I highlighted about a quarter of this book... a true record for me. My first highlight is from page 4, during the introduction.

"However, you should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it''s acid in the face-who will love them now?"

In fact, I even highlighted an entire chapter, the one entitled: Guys Need to Do Almost Nothing to Be Great. I laughed the whole way through the chapter. I''m quite sure my family thought my fragile mental state was hanging in the balance as I cackled like a fiend reading this on my Kindle.
FIVE STARS!
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Jenn Minerva
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We''re besties now, Mindy and I
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2015
I read this book in probably six-ish hours on a super slow day at work (the only plus of being required to work holidays), after which I thought to myself, "I will review this book on Amazon, so Mindy knows I loved it." I mean, we''re besties now, Mindy and I. At... See more
I read this book in probably six-ish hours on a super slow day at work (the only plus of being required to work holidays), after which I thought to myself, "I will review this book on Amazon, so Mindy knows I loved it." I mean, we''re besties now, Mindy and I. At least that''s how she makes it feel. Then I realized that she doesn''t know me, and she will never know me. Sad face.

Some notes about other people''s complaints about the book: 1) Not well written? These aren''t Great American Essays. Mindy is a comedy writer, and the book is supposed to be super casual and funny. Assuming her goal is to make the reader feel like she''s chatting them up, it totally works. I could almost see her hand motions and that downward face tilt, this-is-just-between-us face that she does. 2) Unorganized? Yeah, a little. Some things seemed completely random, but I do that all the time in conversation, so again, it''s like she''s your really funny friend who''s a little random, but hilarious and totally relatable. There were several LOLs and one instance where I was trying my hardest to squelch very loud giggles. I''m surprised no one wandered over to my cube to ask what was so funny.

Also, I absolutely sampled this book because of the title and cover design, and I am not ashamed of that. It''s just so simultaneously lovely and awkward!
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unfortunately, pretty disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2016
This started off pretty well. The beginning was funny and engaging but then it went downhill. The humorous tone which seemed so natural at the beginning started to sound forced, the topics discussed seemed to be pulled out of thin air and there wasn''t really anything that...See more
This started off pretty well. The beginning was funny and engaging but then it went downhill. The humorous tone which seemed so natural at the beginning started to sound forced, the topics discussed seemed to be pulled out of thin air and there wasn''t really anything that made me feel as though I knew Mindy any better than I previously did. The middle became tedious and when I FINALLY reached the end, I found myself skimming the last few chapters (although it is an extremely easy read- the writing isn''t A* literature but it flows really nicely) I''m quite disappointed in this- I don''t know if it''s just because I''m not a huge fan of nonfiction or because the book was actually not the best, but I had higher hopes. For now, I''ll stick to watching The Mindy Project.
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I''ll hang out with you Mindy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2014
Mindy Kaling is my idol. In her early 30''s, Mindy already has 10 seasons of the office under her belt as well as a degree from Dartmouth and an awesome self titled TV show moving into its third season. This collection of anecdotes about her childhood and trying to make it...See more
Mindy Kaling is my idol. In her early 30''s, Mindy already has 10 seasons of the office under her belt as well as a degree from Dartmouth and an awesome self titled TV show moving into its third season. This collection of anecdotes about her childhood and trying to make it in New York is not only wonderfully written but very inspiring. Mindy grew up in Massachusetts and loved watching SNL and comedy series on TV while her friends were into boys and shopping at the mall. It''s really inspiring to know that someone with such talent can create female centric comedy in the same league as her peers, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. If you''re a fan of Mindy''s, you probably already own this book. If you''re stumbling across this - BUY IT. She''s fun, quirky, modest and entertaining. I definitely want to hang out with her.
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Danielle Wykes
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I did find it funny too, I love her sense of humour
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2015
I thought this was highly amusing, very fast to read and quite insightful into Mindy''s life - you can tell every word is her own as it sounds identical to her voice you see on TV. I did find it funny too, I love her sense of humour. I would buy it, its excellent value for...See more
I thought this was highly amusing, very fast to read and quite insightful into Mindy''s life - you can tell every word is her own as it sounds identical to her voice you see on TV. I did find it funny too, I love her sense of humour. I would buy it, its excellent value for money and you could finish it on an average size journey. My only slight niggle was that it could have been a little bit more personal - but then its a funny book and perhaps not meant to focus on her break ups etc! If you like Mindy like I do you will like this and I am 33, so its not just for kids!
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Francesca W.
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Light hearted and laugh out loud!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2021
Brilliant, clever, funny! Lovely read during the lockdown period. It’s light hearted but very funny and poignant in places too. Mindy has written a page turning fun book based on her life experiences. Very witty and easy to dip in and out of. I wanted something fun to read...See more
Brilliant, clever, funny! Lovely read during the lockdown period. It’s light hearted but very funny and poignant in places too. Mindy has written a page turning fun book based on her life experiences. Very witty and easy to dip in and out of. I wanted something fun to read during these difficult times and this book did not disappoint!
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Mrs G of Alicante
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Funny, witty and inspiring!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2021
Brilliant read. Watching The Mindy Project, I wanted to know more about Mindy Kayling and how much she related to her character. I loved reading about her life and her journey to achieve her dreams. Really funny and witty
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