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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

2011 November 3
by Jill

I first read an excerpt from Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Other Concerns in the spring. Now, this may sound creepy, but all I could think of while reading it was, “All I want is for Mindy Kaling to be my best friend so we can go shopping and talk about life and eat ice cream and laugh all the time.” I think that’s a pretty positive reaction when reading someone’s book…even if it’s slightly weird/creepy.


The book just came out this week and I’ve been making my way through it. Not only is Mindy’s book funny, but her thoughts on food, friendship, and first jobs will resonate with most ladies. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been known to wake up in a cold sweat worrying about all the fun parties my friends are having…without me. It’s an issue. I thought I was suffering alone, but it makes me feel better to know that other, more glamorous and successful women, also struggle with this malady.

I haven’t read Tina Fey’s Bossypants yet, but I love seeing books by funny, smart, and beautiful women at the front of the bookstores and on the top of the bestseller lists.

Have you read either book? What did you think?


PS: Looks & Books (aka me) is on vacation in Florida until next week! Catch you back here then.

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  1. November 3, 2011

    love your description of the book so far. i read “i was told there’d be cake” by funny lady sloane crosley and “no one belongs here more than you” by miranda july and have felt so so about both- so i was skeptical about this one. glad you gave it a thumbs up! where are you on goodreads?


    • Jill permalink
      November 7, 2011

      Hey Sami–try this link to my Goodreads profile:

      I thought “I Was Told There’d be Cake” was okay, but not great, but I love Miranda July! Not really a comic read though. I’d recommend “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” for sure.

  2. November 3, 2011

    I feel the same way about her as you! I actually went to her reading and signing at the 82nd Street B&N last night and took a slightly awkward picture with her, so I’m pretty sure that means she and I are on our way to becoming best friends…

    • Jill permalink
      November 7, 2011

      I wanted to go to that reading!! But I was on a plane, which made attendance pretty difficult. Let me know when you guys hang out–I’m sure she wouldn’t mind another extra fan. 😉

  3. November 3, 2011

    Feel that way all the time, but never that author. I’ll have to try her. My favorite wannabe author best friend is Laurie Notaro.

  4. November 4, 2011

    I haven’t read Tina Fey’s book nor Mindy Kaling’s. Currently reading Metamorphosis by Kafka and Ender’s Game for my 12th grade and 10th grade classes respectively. I’m hoping to read a book for myself over Thanksgiving break. Perhaps I’ll read Tina Fey’s! Now I’ll add Is Everyone Hanging Out…. to my list as well

    • Jill permalink
      November 7, 2011

      I think Tina or Mindy would definitely be fun vacation reads–especially after Kafka and Ender’s Game!

  5. November 7, 2011

    I heard about this and I really want to read it! Sounds like a fun read!

  6. Nancy permalink
    November 8, 2011

    I definitely want to read Mindy’s book. I would read it very fast if you lent it to me, hehe. Did you see her on the Daily Show?

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