April 18, 2013

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

Dear Mindy,

Can we be BFF's? We can have sleepovers and watch television reruns all night. We can not go for runs together. We'll gossip about boys all night. It will be glorious.


Ok, but seriously, Mindy is one of those famous people I would actually want to be best friends with in real life. I watched Mindy as Kelly Kapoor on the office for years, looking forward to every time she appeared in an episode (damn you Mindy, for being such a great writer for the show that you eventually had to stop acting in it altogether). Then I found out she was writing a book and I was pretty excited for it's release. AND THEN, I found out she had her very own show coming out. Needless to say, I've watched every episode of The Mindy Project since it began airing last fall and I love it. I am a HUGE Mindy fan. Obviously.

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But let's back up. I hate to draw attention to how far behind I am in blogging about the books I read, but I actually listened to Mindy's book on audio back in August. I needed a new audiobook (this one was only my third one ever) and I had decided to go the comedy route thinking it would be easier to pay attention while driving in my car. And it's true: it's much easier to follow along with a book that really has no plot and is just a book of rambling musings of ones life, albeit, hilarious ramblings. That's not to say I didn't love this book. I did. It was light, funny, although not really laugh-out-loud-funny, more nodding-your-head-in-agreement-funny, and I feel like I got to know more about the girl in the television screen.

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 Side note: how do publishers/bookstores decide when to market a comedian's book as humour or as memoir when the content is funny, but also biographical at the same time? (Mindy's book, in Canada anyway, is shelved in the humour section, whereas, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is shelved in the biography section.)

Having listened to Mindy's book shortly before her new TV show began has made me appreciate her show so much more. I feel like it's so "Mindy". So many of her personality quirks and tendencies that ooze out of her book seem to be portrayed in her character on the The Mindy Project. She may be acting to film the show, but her character on The Mindy Project is relatable, honest, sarcastically hilarious and just trying to find love when it seems like the search is hopeless.  Which, really, isn't too far off from the Mindy in her book.  Plus, her name in the show is also Mindy, so there's that.

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The problem with audiobooks is there's really no way to write down or mark your favourite quotes, short of pulling over in mid-traffic to whip out your pen and paper. Maybe this is a good thing, otherwise I'd be inclined to post a whole whack of quotes to get you to want to read this book (or listen to it). Or maybe the problem is I shouldn't wait 6+ months to blog about a book and I might just remember a favourite line or two. But probably not, because my brain does not work that way. ANYWAY...obviously, if you know who Mindy Kaling is and you aren't really a fan of her stuff, then you probably won't enjoy this book. And I promise I will try not to take it personally.


  1. I loved this book, too! I read it after only knowing Mindy from the office and never planned to watch The Mindy Project, but once I started I loved it. It's such a good show! I think the audiobook would be fun to listen to ... I listened to Jane Lynch's memoir and that was a good one, too. There are certain celebrities that just exude awesomeness. :)

    Great review, Brie!

    1. Thanks, Kristilyn!

      I've thought about Jane Lynch's memoir, but I don't know a lot about her...except from when she was on The L Word ;) I'd like to listen to Bossy Pants soon, but it's never at the library when I actually go lol. There *is* something awesome about a celebrity reading out loud their own book! It makes the experience a little bit more intimate I think.

  2. Awesome review! I want to check this one out. You should also try Tina Fey's Bossypants ... I really enjoyed the audio version =P

    1. Yes! I've been wanting to listen to Bossypants, but it's never there when I go to the library! (Not that I go that often...haha!) I'm glad to hear it's good though!

  3. Brie,
    I am kinda behind the times on audio books. Do they still make cd's of books? Cos I would def do that! I really like the Mindy project and think she's great.
    Thanks for the review and please don't think of me as an old fashioned aunty!

    1. Yes they do! I am old school still and I have only listened to audiobooks via CD. I take them out from the library...you can keep them for three weeks, which often isn't long enough for me but you can easily renew the borrow on line. You can download audio books from the library or from online stores (like itunes or audible) onto your smart phone or ipod, but since I have an old car that doesn't really accommodate listening from an ipod, I stick with good ol' CDs! Don't buy them from the book stores though - they are WAY too expensive! If you're a fan of Tina Fey's, I've heard her book Bossypants is really good to listen to too!