Book Type: Comedy/Memoir
Summary: Mindy Kaling is a writer known for her work on the U.S. version of The Office. This book charts her development from childhood to adulthood on her way to being a comedy writer and includes various anecdotes about her snubbing her friends, then being snubbed by her friends (hence the book’s title), and her “break” after college, when a play she and her roommate co-wrote and co-starred in, made it big.
- The first thing I took away from this book is that I’m so excited there’s another person out there who judges the “I’m-not-good-with-names” people as much as I do. Mindy (yes, we’re on a first name basis) says in her book “No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.’” She goes on to be funny and not sound quite so judge-y. I think I’ll leave it here though, I’m judge-y like that.
- Her book inspired me to think that if I put myself to work on writing consistently, my writing will improve and may mean something to people, like hers has. And when I say “mean something to people,” I’m mainly talking about making you want to recount scenes from my blog with your friends for your entire lunch the next day, like you would an episode of The Office. Maybe that’s a stretch at this point, but I’ve got to have goals.
- Lastly, I realized that if the awkward androgynous-looking brown girl on the back cover of this book can beat the odds and be successful, I really have no excuse not to try. Let’s be honest, I’m a white girl from the suburbs, the world was made for me to take advantage of it without really having to prove myself. (Too far?)
A final review/recommendation:
I didn’t crap my pants laughing at Mindy Kaling’s book (like I tend to with David Sedaris’ books; it gets messy), but it was definitely amusing and I lawled (Mom, that’s LOL-ed) a few times. I recommend reading it, and she even tells you how long it should take: “This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.” (Probably you’re illiterate or you’re too enamored by Ms. Kaling and should really stop “savoring” every moment.)
Book cover: http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/110321/kaling_211.jpg
Androgynous Kids and Puppets: photo of the back cover of my copy of the book