You know those books called From Homeless to Harvard or From Jail to Yale or From Skid Row to Skidmore? They’re these inspirational memoirs about young people overcoming the bleakest of circumstances and going on to succeed in college. I was worried I would be the subject of a reverse kind of book: a pathetic tale of a girl with a great education who frittered it away watching syndicated Law & Order episodes on a sofa in Brooklyn. From Dartmouth to Dickhead it would be called. I needed a job.
I always identified with Peppermint Patty, in case you were wondering—the loud, opinionated man-girl who chased around her crush without even fully knowing she liked him.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? should have been hilarious. And it was, at first. Halfway through it, I realized that it wasn't as funny as I initially thought it was. Her childhood? Hysterical. Post college? It was just okay.
I don't watch The Office, so I was unfamiliar with Kaling and her brand of humor. I think the only reason I added it to my "to be read" list was because so many people I follow on Twitter and Goodreads recommended it. Maybe you have to be a fan of hers already for this to really click for you. I'm not, so with a chuckle here and a cackle there, it was just a meh read for me.
Published: November 2011
Theme: The Song That Doesn't End by Sheri Lewis & Lamb Chop