Monday, 10 November 2014

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

Before I even start on the book I feel like I should share two important points;

1: I am addicted to books, I have been able to read basically since I was born and therefore I live a life of "READ THE BOOK, THE BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BOOK." This occurs every time I read a new book, pretty much. (This one does really stand out though, seriously.)
2: I am so uncool it's unreal, and I like to think that I rock it (realistically, I probably don't. I just used the words "rock it" non-ironically, for god's sake.)

Mindy Kaling Book Cover

I finally managed to get around to buying and reading "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" By Mindy Kaling! I read such good reviews on this book and I searched for it everywhere before finally managing to get my hands on it in the tiniest, crappiest Waterstones known to man (just trust me on this one, it's not in a great area.) I have to admit, I was doubtful about how good this was going to be, judging that I'd previously considered Lena Dunham's book before that scandal reached a head, but nonetheless I settled down with it yesterday to give it a fair go. Fast forward three hours, two Frozen Fancies and a Christmas Bakewell and I'd finished the book in one solid sitting and passed it straight on to a friend. Seriously, I don't even know where to start.

There's something sweet and sisterly about Mindy, and it's reassuring that I'm all too aware that the advice she has to impart could only have come from somebody who had been there and done that and was now willing to tell the tale. There's something comforting about reading struggles from somebody that you know comes out okay and hell, even pretty successful, on the other side. Here's the thing; I love a happy ending, and if you say that you don't? You're lying. This is one. It's partial autobiography where, yes she breaks a best friends nose, nearly tears her ligaments diving into a pool and learns to love watching sports nearly as much as she hates playing them, but we all know she comes out Mindy Kaling; co-writer of "The Office" and creator of "The Mindy Project". There's just something refreshing about Mindy, something so unpretentiously funny and awkward, that is relateable to the point it makes you want to devour the book in one sitting and pass it on, just like I did.

The book is funny, no doubt, it's full of realistic advice from a girl who is just like the rest of us; stumbling through adulthood wishing we were in a Romantic Comedy, just as much as we're pulling apart the women that it's genre offers up to us. It's also charming, heartwarming and more than a little helpful. It's a growing up guide for when you feel too old to have a guide, but too young to figure it out for yourself. It's a cautionary tale, it's a reassuring pat on the back. Overall? It's a memoir, and it's done perfectly. Forget Lena Dunham and not being That Kind Of Girl (and just for a minute, let's pretend that's the biggest issue most of us have with Lena Dunham right now, as that's for another post) Be that kind of girl and embrace that we all are, embrace the woman that Mindy showcases and celebrates with such contagious hilarity that it makes you proud to be exactly the girl that you are.

Have you read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? What did you think of it?

Sammy xo.

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