After Uncle Tom's Cabin ripped my soul out, I needed something lighter. So I turned to a fellow chubby girl. Someone I could relate to with tales of spending a childhood with her nose stuck in a book and of being awkward in social situations.
There's not much I can say about this book. If you're looking for something self-deprecating that will also trigger your "FUCK YEAH!" response... this is it. Kaling should never be written off as just a comedian, actress or writer ("JUST"!). She has spent her 30something years learning who she is and using that knowledge to become one bad ass motherfucker.
If you loved Amy Poehler's Yes Please, this is a little lighter (with a bit less introspection). If you love The Office, you'll enjoy the inside look of the offices at Dunder-Mifflin (including employees stealing Post-Its and staples). And if you just read a book about slavery and want to crawl into your bed and eat your feelings... a book about a pudgy Indian girl who grew up to be a freakin' media mogul is the one for you!
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.