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?