Summer Book Reviews: Fab Fems
Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
“Forgive me, but being a guy is so easy. A little Kiehl’s, a little Bumble and Bumble, a peacoat, and Chuck Taylors and you’re hot.”
We (mostly) all know and love Mindy as her character Kelley on The Office (US), but in her book you can get to know the real Mindy through a series of shorts essays on her life and some of her observations like “Why Do Men Put Their Shoes on Slowly?”. Mindy is of course charming and hilarious, by mid way through the book you wish she was your best friend. At the beginning of the book Mindy write mostly about her average childhood. She discusses the politics of girl friend groups and what it’s like being the chubby girl, all things I find very rateable and comforting to read. Mindy is up front about her flaws and owns them, like her addiction to sweets, her difficulty with style and her inability to let someone else win an argument. Even though she talks about how angry she gets and her many embarrassing moments, she works hard and perseveres to land herself a writing, producing, directing and acting position on one of the most popular comedies today. There is no veneer on Mindy; she is the perfect example of how you can be flawed and fabulous.