Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meet your hilarious new bff

Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

You may know Mindy Kaling from her role as Kelly Kapoor on the popular show The Office. What you may not know is that she is also a writer for the show, and a seriously funny woman.

In Kaling’s memoir, she covers her personal history, focusing heavily on how she got to the place she is now in in her career. Before you think this is just another memoir of someone with rich parents who has little to say, stop. Kaling is pretty well hilarious as she shares her stories, explaining how not easy things have been to get her where she is. What makes this book is not Mindy’s comic wit, but how normal she is. My favorite parts of the book were when she shamelessly discusses her appearance (not size zero), bad dating experiences (broken up by text), and her self-proclaimed vanity (most pictures on her phone are of herself). These moments made the fact that she was a celebrity distant in my mind and gave me the sense that I could relate to her.

The book does not have much organization to it, except for a semi-chronological path. It reads more like a conversation with the author, with stream-of-consciousness subject changes, and some very random topics for chapters, such as why it takes men so long to tie their shoes. Because of this style, it made reading the book more exciting, since I really never knew what was coming. After reading it, I want Mindy Kaling to be my new best friend, so we can discuss zits, shopping, Amy Poehler, and our own bad habits.

~Cailey W.

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