Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) marks the third memoir I’ve read this year by a female comedian. While it wasn’t as laugh out loud funny as Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (honestly, I don’t think many things are) or as heartfelt as Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I still really liked it. It’s a fast rad, but a fun one.
Kaling has a great voice. She begins by describing her childhood, her attempts to make friends and involve herself in social activities. As she grows up, she embraces comedy whole heartedly, and her stories about trying to “make it” in New York are hysterical. She’s self-deprecating, but not obnoxious about it. Her views on dating and romantic comedies cracked me up.
In my list of comedian autobiographies so far this year, Kaling suffers from being in such good company, but still made for a couple enjoyable lunch breaks while I scarfed down this funny little memoir.
I very much agree. And I find it amusing that I read the exact same trio of books in the last couple of months of 2012. Clearly, they go well together. An unofficial trilogy.