You know how when your favorite funny person writes a book that you can’t wait to buy, and when you do, you read it and it isn’t funny? This is NOT one of those books.
I bought Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling after reading a review of it in Real Simple magazine. They loved it and sold me with their description of how funny it was. It’s that time of year when I need a good laugh, so I was happy to give it a shot.
It did not disappoint.
Let me just say that, before buying it, I had no idea who Mindy Kaling was. I know, I know, I don’t know what’s wrong with me sometimes either. This is what happens when you devote all of your TV time to The Food Network and HGTV. I now know Mindy Kaling is an incredibly funny writer, actor and producer for NBC’s The Office, a show I’ve only seen twice. (I know! Duh to me!)
I’d call this book a memoir. A very funny memoir. It’s a collection of essays that tell the story of Mindy’s life. I love it because her story is one that us girls can all relate to on some level, and she tells it in a way that made me laugh out loud more than once. It felt good to laugh at those things we all probably took way too seriously when we were young. I appreciate Mindy’s sense of humor, it’s right on par with mine and she uses it well to illustrate her life. Her observations are hilarious with a little sarcasm thrown in for good measure. Perfect. I especially loved the summer camp story, and the behind the scenes look she gives of her (very) short time at Saturday Night Live.
I love this book. It’s kind of short (it took me two nights to read), and left me wanting to read more. It also left me feeling good. There’s nothing like a little laughter to cure the holiday blues, right? This book did that for me.
Next up? Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants. Have you read it? I hope it’s as funny as this one. I’m counting on you Tina! There’s still a few days left to go in this holiday season!
I hope all of you are holding up well and loving the season. Take care!