In my last book review I promised that I would change up the genre with every review, so the genre for this review is non-fiction. Today I’ll be reviewing Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. It was recommended by my friend Joy (here’s a link to her blog, which is fab btw).
The book is a collection of essays that take you through the journey of her life, and they are as funny as they are genuine. She talks about her childhood, the entertainment industry, and the many quirks that make up her zany personality. I was never bored while reading this book, in true Mindy fashion, comedy is woven into every section.
I learned a lot while reading it, not just about Mindy but also on finding your strengths and making the most of them. I’m going to share of few of my favorite quotes and sections (If you didn’t know already Mindy is amazingly quotable). Some of them are funny and some are just sage pieces of advice.
On being thin: …on the list of things I want to do in my lifetime, that’s not near the top. I mean, it’s not near the bottom either. I’d say it’s right above “Learn to drive a Vespa”, but several notches below “Film a chase scene fro a movie.”
Mindy describing her relationship with her best friend: We clung to each other with blind loyalty, like Lord Voldemort and his snake, Nagini. I, of course, was Nagini. If you messed with one of us, you knew you messed with both of us, and Voldemort was going to case a murder spell on you, or Nagini was going to chomp on your jugular.
The exact level of fame that she wants to achieve: I want to rock harem pants or black lipstick like Gwen Stefani does and have people be like, “That’s just Mindy,” and then everyone starts doing it.
On people who constantly talk about how stressed they are: No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. Going on and on in detail about how stressed out I am isn’t conversation. It’ll never lead anywhere. No one is going to say, “Wow, Mindy, you really have it especially bad. I have heard some stories of stress, but this just takes the cake.
On kick starting your career in a creative field (my favorite essay): If I can give one bit of advice to any drama major, high school theater kid, or inmate is reading this in a prison library with dreams of being cast in the prison play, it’s this: write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.
I liked Mindy before reading this book, but now I wish I was her bff because she’s just amazing. She isn’t afraid of her flaws or her success. She’s proud of who she is and everything that she has achieved.
Have you read Mindy’s book? If so, what did you think of it?
Also, let me know if you have recommendations for what I should read next in the comment section!