Library Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

Posted March 3, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 11 Comments

Library Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy KalingSource: Library Borrowed

Format: Audiobook

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Narrator: Michael Schur, Mindy Kaling
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins

Date Read: February 2014

Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction

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.

More Information:
Publisher: Random House Audio


Listened for Fun (Library)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00

First Thought when Finished: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling was a fun and delightfully refreshing listen.

Note: I have never seen The Office or her show but this was recommended to me by a friend. That friend was right! I found Mindy to be delightful and oddly identifiable. She is not at all what I expected of someone who made it in Hollywood. She was super down to earth, loves her family, and sounds like the kind of person I would want to have in my friend circle!

Overall Thoughts: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was a fun “not in my normal reading sweet spot” read. Mindy was super easy to like. She does have an incredible life but she totally has the same concerns as the rest of us. She never comes across snobbish, instead I wanted to be her BFF. She seems like she would be delightful to hang out with and talk about the normal stuff all of us go through. I dare you not to like Mindy after reading this! I just don’t think it would be possible.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur / Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins

Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur did an awesome job with narration. I actually prefer biographies to be narrated by the person because they bring their emotions to their voice. It made me love Mindy more!

Final Thoughts: If you are ever in the mood for a fun biography then pick up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling


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Story Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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11 responses to “Library Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

  1. I loved this audiobook! I listened to it twice, but haven’t reviewed it yet, oops 🙂

    Hope you check out The Mindy Project sometime- it’s so funny!!

  2. I think if I ever read NF, it’ll be a biography. I have no clue why but NF does absolutely nothing for me BUT this one sounds awesome and Mindy looks so funny!!! Her show looks cute, too. Hell, she’s cute (if I swung that way).

    I bet it IS the only way you’d want to list to a biography, especially one like this one where the author is alive and it’s more of a commentary on life, is if they are narrating. Great review!!!!

  3. This actually sounds great. I have seen the cover and title around, but haven’t actually paid attention to it. Thanks for putting it on my radar 🙂 I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  4. I’ve only seen a couple episodes of The Office (as I work in a high school, it’s completely unrelateable to me) but I really liked Mindy Kaling’s quirky character. I hear her new show is pretty good but I haven’t seen it. Nor have I read her book. I need to rectify that.

  5. I have watched her in The Office but I really love her in The Mindy Project. I’v sonly seen this season so I need to go back and start front he beginning.

    I’m sure this book was hilarious.

  6. I listened to this one too but had mixed thoughts. Growing up as a child of Indian immigrants, I could totally relate to Mindy’s childhood, funny clothes and all. So I really loved the first half but not the crude sort of stuff that came later in her career trying to fit into a male-dominated industry.

    I hope you will stop by and share 3 posts in my Small Victories Sunday linky this week!