Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with May’s book selection was Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling.
Here is a breif synopsis of “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” by Mindy Kaling…
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.
Now for questions asked by Shelly…
1. To what do you attribute Mindy’s success in Hollywood? Her passion? Her ambition? Pure Talent? Luck?
I think a bit of passion and a bit of ambition are what has attributed to her “success”. The passion is what fuels the desire to make it through the hard stuff and ambition is the driving force.
2. A lot of Mindy’s humor is self-deprecating. Do you think she is too hard on herself? If so, does that perhaps speak to the pressure of celebrity?
She is kind of hard on herself, but I think a good part of that is also a part of the comedic.
3. What parts did you find most relatable?
Sad to say that I could not really relate to anything in this story…except maybe the chubby, dork part! LOL!
Now for questions asked by Lisa…
Taking a bent from Lisa’s 3 reasons that she and Mindy should be best friends…
1. If Mindy and I had gone to school together, I doubt that we would have interacted much.
2. We might have said hi in class and maybe exchanged a smile here or there, but that would have been about it.
3. I was boy crazy, and not at all interested in school!
Bonus #1…My hubs and son take forever to put on their shoes! They are worse at getting ready, too! LOL!
Bonus #2…Oddly, I was not a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters! Loved the song though!
Now for my thoughts…
I have to say that I was not a huge fan of this one, and only gave it two stars. I am not really a sitcom fan and have never seen The Office, Community, or The Mindy Project, they just aren’t my thing.
I grabbed the audio version of this one, and it was told by her and after four hours, her voice kind of started to grate a bit. I am not sure if it was her comedic style or if she is as shallow as she seemed at times throughout the book, but at times she really did seem extremely self-absorbed and maybe even a bit mean.
I really did struggle to get through this one!
Have you read Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” What are your thoughts? Would you read this, if you haven’t?
Be sure to check back towards the end of June as I will be linking up with PageTurners and we will be discussing “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline!