Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) (Paperback)
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.
Her writing highlights the identity struggles of her characters who are often Indian immigrants to America. It is characterized by the use of simple language, and often draws from her life experiences as well as those of her friends, family, acquaintances, and fellow community members.