Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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

Stars: Four
Drinking: Rooibus Peach Tea, Teavana

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is the delightful memoir of Kaling, best known as a writer and sometimes star of “The Office.” Reading her book is like chatting with a good friend who is slightly older and perhaps wiser. Kaling tells stories from growing up geeky and Indian-American in the 1980s.  She talks about making friends and the shifting social scene of high school in a way that every young woman and girl can completely relate to.

I found the best part of the book, however, was when Kaling had graduated college and moved to New York City.  Maybe because the last few years for me have been a similar struggle to find my place in the world?  I found her insights to be funny but also very real.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a desire to be a comedy writer, so the specific way she went about “breaking out” into her dream job isn’t helpful, but her attitude and spirit help me feel optimistic.  If she could do it, so can I – or at least, I can land my dream job as well.

I recommend the book to any young woman or girl who is trying to find her way in life, but needs a good laugh along the way.  The humor really only lagged towards the end of the book, when she started name-dropping a bit.  Otherwise, it’s a solid book that was good for a long train trip.

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Author: Lisa Fry

Freelance Writer & Editor. Book lover. Feminist. International development professional

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