Summary: 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?”
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Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me Audio Book Summary
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) is an interesting combination of an autobiography and a self-help title. The author, Mindy Kaling, has led an interesting life. The child of some immigrant professionals, she grew up to be timid and obedient, but eventually she came out of her shell and became an off-Broadway performer and a playwright, then went on to expand upon those talents as a comedy writer and an actress. Outspoken and opinionated, Mindy is happy to speak about everything from what makes a great guy and a great best friend, to exactly ìhow famousî is famous enough.
Mindy offers insights into friendship, romance, the world of Hollywood, and more. She is the ultimate ëgirl next doorí, having a relatively normal upbringing, but then becoming an intern for the show Late Night With Conan OíBrien, and from there she went on to work on a psychic show, do some stand-up comedy, and star in some plays that became surprise hits. She also wrote the Things Iíve Bought That I Love blog post, which was a massive hit online.
In 2004, she started working on an adaptation of The Office for US audiences. She was given the job because she was considered to be ìvery originalî, and Greg Daniels was happy to put her in charge, confident that she would pounce on anything that seemed lazy or passÈ.
Kaling considers herself to be Hindu. She lives in California, and she says that her life and her upbringing has given her an ìeveryone against meî mentality. She explains all of this in the book, including how a lack of representation of families like hers on TV shaped her perception of the world.
The book offers an interesting insight into not just how Kaling grew up and how she got famous, but her more recent work too. She appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian in 2009, and she was also in Wreck-It Ralph, and in more recently in the 2015 movie Inside Out.
The book has been generally well received. One of the key criticism of it, however, is that while it is an amusing and breezy collection of essays, it is somewhat unfocused and disjointed. It tries to cover a little too much ñ being a childhood memoir, a confessional, and a social commentary. Because it takes so many detours and moves in too many directions, it can be difficult to follow and get interested in. As quickly as you read through it, details will fade ñ her writing style is accessible and interesting, but because she is so flighty it can be hard to stay engaged.
Those who are fans of Kaling will enjoy the book, but there is little reason for anyone else to read it ñ the title is poignant, fun and friendly, but it is not going to change the world, or even the world view of the average reader.