Monday, July 28, 2014

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

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Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Pages: 219
My rating: 4 stars
Ages: 16+

Comedienne, writer, and actor, Kaling presents a memoir full of humor, and almost surprisingly profound advice. In this book you'll discover everything about why Kaling no longer eats cupcakes to how she made it to show business. For those only familiar with Kaling's character "Kelly Kapoor" from The Office,   you'll be delighted to learn that Kaling was a bookish little girl and has an Ivy League education.

There is something about comedians . . . they always seem so down to earth, as well as unashamed to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Kaling is no different. Her writing actually caused me to laugh out loud at times, as well as nod my head in agreement with her thoughts on marriage and one night stands.

If anyone should be a role model to teen girls, it should be Kaling. She is a woman who is respectful of her parents, took her education seriously, and followed her dreams. But she also shares her failings (like when she was kicked out of work by her boss), and unique ideas on how to leave a party you don't want to be at. This is a great book for older teens who are looking toward the future after high school, as well as those adults who are still trying to figure out what they are doing in their life. Or, maybe you just need a laugh.

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