Off Our Shelves: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me

As Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was released in 2011, I’m a little late to the party, so I’m sure many of you have already enjoyed this little gem of a book. Yet, I enjoyed it so much that it still seemed worthy of a quick review.

Last year I set a goal of reading 12 books via Goodreads, and I’m happy to announce I reached that goal (thanks, in part, to the terrible trilogy that was 50 Shades of Grey). This year I set a lofty goal of 15 books, and I’m off to a roaring start as I was able to finish Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in just a couple of hours this past weekend. As I was reading the book I equated it to sitting down with one of my best girlfriends for a chat. That’s how the book read, mainly because it is filled with vignettes and also because Mindy Kaling writes in a familiar style that’s easy to read and makes it feel like you’ve known her forever.

I thought I’d share a couple of the passages that had me nodding and going “mm hmm,” just like I would if Mindy and I were gabbing over mochas.

“Like everyone normal, I would never have a bumper sticker, ever. However, if I saw one that read, “Hell is Waiting in Line for Brunch,” I might buy a thousand and plaster my car with them.”

In my opinion, truer words have never been spoken. Chicago is big on brunch and I’d claim it’s my favorite meal. Yet, I’d just as soon eat a packet of oatmeal as I would wait in line for brunch. I also refuse to get a bumper sticker but might consider an exception like the one stated above.

“In real life, shouldn’t a wedding be an awesome party you throw with your great pal, in the presence of a bunch of your other friends? A great day, for sure, but not the beginning and certainly not the end of your friendship with a person you can’t wait to talk about gardening with for the next forty years.”

I just like this quote because it pretty succinctly sums up my thoughts on weddings and how I regard my own wedding day. (Although my husband and I do not talk about gardening.)

If you’re looking for a lighthearted and quick read I highly recommend Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? From the very first page I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. I love that Mindy Kaling is just as honest about her misses, such as a disastrous guest writing stint on Saturday Night Live or a photo shoot where only one dress out of dozens was in her size, as she is about her successes. I don’t feel like this book tells the entire Mindy Kaling story, but she definitely shared enough that if you’re anything like me you’ll finish it and feel like long lost friends.

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