I was so lucky to receive this book as a Christmas present from my awesome friend Becca (who is hilarious and if you like that kind of thing, you should follower her @RebeccaLucente).
So who is Mindy Kaling?
Mindy plays Kelly Kapoor on The Office plus she is a writer, executive producer, and sometimes director on the show. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a collection of essays about her life and includes some observational pieces. Mindy is very relatable growing up as a nerdy comedy geek in Boston who lives for Saturday Night Live, Kids In The Hall, and the late night shows.
As a huge Office fan, I was very interested in how she started on the show. Her behind the scenes take on being the only woman in a writing room full of men plus being only 24 when she starts, makes it easy to remember how awkward that first foray into the working world can be. She even describes one episode where the show creator, Greg Daniels, asks her to leave. So she storms out, grabbing a case of water, and grabs a bite to eat. After awhile, she realizes that storming out of her dream job might not have been the best idea, so she goes back. Mindy does keep the case of water though.
If you are looking for a hilarious book by a TV star, Is Everyone Hanging Out With Out Me? (And Other Concerns) is a great book. Mindy Kaling is like your best girlfriend who tells stories that make your stomach hurt from laughing so much.