Book Review | Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?First let me say, I am a huge fan of the show “The Office.” I’ve been a viewer for years, and one of my favorite characters is Kelly Kapoor, played by actress and writer Mindy Kaling. After all, we all know a Kelly — a twenty-something woman who is shopping-addicted and Kardashian-obessed — and Kaling’s delivery is pretty spot-on. You can’t help but laugh at her ludicrous statements, especially since you’ve likely heard a young woman say something along the same lines in real life. It’s therapeutic — one of those, “Oh good, you think they’re crazy too, right? Phew.” This is not to say that I don’t love fashion or shopping…this is means only that I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE KARDASHIAN CRAZE. Yeah, I said it.

But back to the topic at hand…somehow, when it came to reading Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” — I was a little slow on the uptake, despite reading good reviews. I had been catching up on “The Mindy Project,” a show that’s funny, but perhaps a little slow in the character development department — and I finally decided to check out her book. Let me tell you, this book is funny. I mean it. I read it while taking the train from Chicago to Evanston and laughed out loud so regularly, people consistently asked me what I was reading. I appreciate her honestly, whimsy and Kaling’s willingness to lay it all out on the line…and then poke fun at herself.

For example, Kaling shares pictures from her childhood “awkward stage.” Most people would hide these in the back of an album, or if you’re anything like me, separate them from the family collection and hide them under a bed — only to find that your mother has since discovered them and framed them for display. (My mistake, of course, was that I didn’t burn the evidence to begin with, but that’s a different story altogether. It would also be helpful if I had ever successfully exited the “awkward stage,” …fingers crossed…any…day…now.)

Here’s the deal — if you ever went through a time in your life in which you felt slightly out of place, slightly awkward, or, I suppose, if you have made it through middle school and high school — then you’ll relate to at least one of the personal stories in this book. Here’s to the awkward kids that go on to write witty comedy shows and memoirs!

While I normally write a long and (somewhat) thought out review, I simply don’t want to spoil this memoir. I encourage you to pick it up, it’s a quick read, and I’m sure you’ll get at least one good chuckle.


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