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

(Finished December 22, 2011)

Easily the second-funniest book I read in 2011. (Behind Bossypants of course — a fact which Mindy states in the book that she is more than happy to admit.)

I saw a lot of myself in Mindy’s book. Awkward kid, trying to fit in. Wants a career to love. Wants to eventually find love but not worth being in relationships that suck. Wants to be skinny but finding that’s just not possible (but still trying sporadically anyway). Yeah, I like to think we’d be tight.

Obviously there are things that we don’t have in common: she’s hilarious, clever, daring, Indian…I am none of those things.

One of my fave parts of Mindy’s book is when she talks about husbands and how she does want one someday. But from her time in Hollywood, she’s seen how bad marriages can get. “You gotta be friends, y’all,” she’d say. She gave the example of a great marriage: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. I hope I’m remembering this anecdote correctly, but I think she was at a party with the two of them. Amy came up to the group Mindy was with and was like, “Hey have you seen Arnett?” Adorable. They love each other. They’re friends. They hang out. There’s respect there, too, obviously. I so agree that the best person to marry would be someone like that. Here’s hoping! (For myself and for Mindy!)

I would recommend this book to any teen or twenty-something. Funny, clever, full of advice, full of jokes. It has a little something for everyone. And you’ll feel a little better about people in Hollywood being real people.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

It’s over. And I’m sad. (And yes, I finished this book in about 36 hours. I couldn’t stop.)

I’ve been waiting to read this book since I heard that Tina was writing it. Expectations were great, even though I wasn’t exactly sure what it would be about. Really, now that I’ve read it, the answer is, “What isn’t it about?”

Tina rambles on a general timeline. Yes, I said rambles. Sometimes where she goes makes sense, sometimes it doesn’t. But she IS Tina, and I wouldn’t expect anything less than for her to keep her readers on their toes.

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much while reading something. I read four chapters out loud to my roommate, and by the end tears were streaming down our faces as creepy silent laughter flowed from our hearts. Yes, I said our hearts.

You might think, yeah, two young woman laughing over something Tina Fey said. Not uncommon. And you would be right. But the thing is, my roommate normally doesn’t find Tina Fey funny. At least she didn’t until I convinced her to give Tina another chance.

I can kind of get that she doesn’t like 30 Rock Tina. Liz Lemon is a disaster, but I see myself in her. I think a lot of us super nerdy, insecure-about-our-bodies, sarcastic single ladies see a lot of ourselves in Liz Lemon. Chelsea doesn’t like the character or the show. But even Tina said in Bossypants that 30 Rock has attracted a certain kind of audience — and not necessarily the kind they intended. (Losers like me, for example.)

Tina is realistic. I think that’s one of my favorite things about her. She is honest and tells it like it is. She doesn’t make up excuses. SHE IS REAL. Other than the fact that she is one of the most hilarious people out there, her real-womanness is my favorite thing about her.

My self-indulgent, pop culture-loving side loved the parts of the book where Tina so nonchalantly talks about her SNL/Second City friends. Amy Poehler, Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig. Name-dropping like it’s hot. But she’s not TRYING to name drop. These people are her friends. And it’s normal. They’re NORMAL people. They just happen to have really cool jobs. It’s not like they’re Brangelina-esque movie stars. They’re improvisors and comedians. But really? If I could meet any celebrity, it would probably come from this witty group and not some Hollywood A-List nonsense.

Another thing I find so great about this book is Tina’s description of her childhood. So normal. She didn’t have some crazy rich parents or a dad in the industry. She got by on her own talent and wit and hard work. And a few lucky breaks. And she’s the first to admit it. Gives me hope that if I keep trying, things will work out for me one day too. Maybe my dreams don’t involve making people laugh by the millions, but I do want to make a difference. And I can’t forget there are lots of ways to do that…as long as you don’t give up.

Thanks, Tina.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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