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See Bethie Read: Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?

My latest book club read is Mindy Kailing’s Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). Unfortunately my book club didn’t get a chance to get together to discuss it, but in the end I decided that was maybe ok for a few various reasons.

Confession time. I don’t really like Mindy Kailing. Ok I said it. Can we still be friends? I want to like her, but there’s something about her that just kind of rubs me the wrong way. It doesn’t help that Kelly on The Office drives me absolutely insane. And yes, I know there is also the Mindy Project, but I just can’t get into that show either.  Therefore, I didn’t have high expectations going into this book, but I really wanted to give it a chance. It seemed like a nice light read if nothing else.

It was a light read. Mindy is somewhat funny, though at times I felt like she was trying too hard. I do appreciate her humble beginnings and how she worked very hard to get where she is. I laughed a lot about her life in high school and can definitely relate to her nerdiness. I also appreciate how she is willing to stand up for her rights and how she had to fight a bit to kind of play in the boys club as a comedic writer.

I do feel bad, she has a whole section on how she is different from the Kelly character on The Office, so I realize she is not Kelly, she is Mindy, so I feel like I really shouldn’t judge her based on Kelly. But still, I just don’t think she’s my type of person. As I said, at times I felt that some of the humor in the book was a little too forced. And maybe I’ve read too many autobiographies of female comedians that I thought were just done better (Anna Kendrick, Lauren Graham, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler for example). So overall, not my favorite read, but another one to at least check off the list!

Have you read anything good lately?

16 thoughts on “See Bethie Read: Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?”

  1. I agree with you – I don’t really care for Mindy either. I don’t know but she I’ve never really enjoyed her in anything that I’ve watched. I’m almost finished reading a Richard Castle book and then I plan on starting to read one of the two books I’m borrowing from you!

  2. I feel the same way about Mindy. I feel like she’s trying to hard to impress. While also preaching that you shouldn’t try too hard. Still, I’m with you, her book was great and an easy read!

  3. I actually like Mindy, but this wasn’t my favorite book either, and I agree that some parts felt forced… though I did enjoy reading the behind-the-scenes stuff, but probably more so because I’m a sucker to see what happens on set (and wasn’t there a guy who had a boner, or something very bizarre??). And now I want to read more female autobiographies–Tina Fey’s has been on my list forever!!
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  4. Sorry to hear you didn’t really love this one. I have a copy that I was gifted recently and I hope to read it soon. I really liked her second book, Why Not Me? Granted, I’ve never really watched The Office so I mostly know her from The Mindy Project – and that’s not even a show I regularly watched. LOL

    I like celebrity memoirs in general though. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Amy Poehler’s – I love her, don’t get me wrong – but it wasn’t the best writing and it felt a bit clunky I guess?

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  5. I want to like Mindy too but I think it’s her voice that kind of drives me off of her show, but I think that I would really like her book because I love reading her memes and exerpts and interviews in magazines. She seems like a really cool person. But that voice. Like I cannot stand Sarah Jessica Parker’s voice. Nope. Won’t watch anything with her in it. Or Renee Zellwisfasdfas I can’t spell her last name. HAHAH. It’s awful eh. I also don’t like loud chewers.
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  6. I hated Mindy when she was on the Office. I didn’t really find her funny until I watched the Mindy Project. I then really enjoyed her in that for the first couple seasons, but that got old too. So, I guess I’m just on the fence about her. I actually haven’t read any bios lately, but I do have the Lauren Graham book waiting for me as soon as I finish my current book club book. I love her, so I’m hoping I’m not disappointed.
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  7. Haha, I’m lucky in that I never saw her on The Office, and that this was the first female comedian autobiographies that I’ve ever read. In fact I’ve only seen her on The Mindy Project (which I really enjoyed until recently) so I didn’t have any negative preconceptions about her or anything else to compare it to! I’ve been slow to read her second book though. I agree with you and see how some of her humor can feel forced!

  8. I’m a fan of The Mindy Project but did find her off-putting in The Officr. But I get it, the dislike of someone for ineffable reasons. I can’t stand Will Ferrel.

  9. Beth, sounds like I am not missing anything. That’s great, considering I have a long list of books I want to read! I wish I could spend all day reading, then maybe my list wouldn’t feel never ending! I don’t even get half way through my list before I hear about 10 other fabulous books!

  10. INTERESTING! I hated Lauren Graham’s book, but loved MIndy’s first book (her second one is not great). I haven’t watched the office yet (episodes here and there, but not enough to know the Kelly character). Bummer book club couldn’t meet.
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  11. I’m not a big fan of her either. I feel that she tries to hard to be funny, especially in her show. I loved her on the office, though!

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