February 4, 2013

book review: is everyone hanging out with me? (and other concerns)

I love reading and one of my goals for this is to see more books through to completion. I'm the queen (please read that in the way Jennifer Lawrence says it this video) of starting a book and never finishing it. I can think of five different books that I'm doing that with right now.

Sorry The Hobbit... I really want to finish you but you make me tired every time I start reading you!

I sort of cheated with this most recent book I finished. I've actually read it before, but it was a year ago and I found it in my sisters car as I was leaving to go to the airport and I decided that it'd be a good plane read. 


There were quite a few parts in this book where I was laughing out loud and I'm pretty sure the snooty lady next to me who shook her cup at the flight attendant so she could get a refill absolutely hated me, but guess what? I don't care if snooty cup shakers like me because I don't like them. 

This book isn't one that will take you long to get through, in fact, Mindy says if you're reading this book for more than a couple days, there's a problem with you. I was able to finish it on my two flights yesterday. 

Favorite Passages:

"He didn't play that season, and was never as good at basketball after the injury. He dropped out junior year, and I heard he got a girl pregnant. Part of me now feels a little bad for Duante Diallo, but not at the time. I was so happy. That f***ing mean Senegalese kid."

"Unlike other athletes, Frisbee people won't let it go. My theory is that this is because there's a huge overlap between people who are good at Frisbee and people who do Teach for America. The same instinct to make at-risk kids learn, which I admire so much, becomes deadly when turned on friends trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon in the park."

If I kept going with my favorite passages, this post would be as long as Mindy's book because the whole thing is my favorite. It's so funny. I know a lot of people were like, "What a wannabe Tina Fey!" after she published her book, but let's be real, just because they are both two incredibly funny women doesn't mean either one is copying the other. I hate that we have to pit people against each other and compare them until we combust. Mindy is great. Tina is great. I enjoyed both books. 

I feel like Mindy is my really funny best friend that will eat ice cream with me for dinner after a boy did something stupid or she'd watch Law and Order SVU reruns with me instead of doing anything productive. She seems like she's the best best friend. I am sure she has a lot of really cool Hollywood BFF's she could choose from, but I swear if she gave me one sleepover, she'd realize we should be besties, then we'd prank call BJ Novak, and laugh all night.

If you want a funny, light, but still heartfelt read, pick up this book. It felt more like a conversation and there were so many times where I just wanted to tell Mindy that I knew exactly what she was talking about because I too create somewhat dysfunctional fantasies while working out, not always about revenge, but sometimes about Ryan Gosling spilling his coffee on me at a coffee shop in LA and then feeling so badly about that he ends up taking me out to dinner. After our dinner out on the town he realizes how funny, endearing, and precious I am (and humble. so humble) and dates me in a "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton" sort of way but where we end up married because he is way better than any guy I know. Mrs. Gosling- I like the sound of that.



  1. I love your review {and your J. Law reference - those Bad Lip Readings are hilarious}. I definitely was surprised that people were saying that Mindy was a knock-off Tina Fey. I mean, can't more than one funny woman write a book? But yes, I completely identified with Mindy, too - how else do people workout if they don't use fantasies? My go-to is being Chris Evans's waitress. He'd keep coming back and sitting in my section until he finally convinced me to let him take me out for dinner. It needs updating since I'm no longer a waitress, but I'm working on it!

    1. I love that fantasy! It's so great and you might just have to become a waitress again to ensure that it happens. I will scour the LA coffee shops until RyRy dumps his coffee on me in a happy little accident.

  2. This is most definitely one of my faves. (And actually liked it better than Tina Fey's, but yeah...can't more than one funny woman write a book? Agreed). Every. time. my husband sits down to put on his shoes when we're heading out the door, I think of her and start to laugh. He thinks that's somewhat bizarre.

    1. I am going to be so observant to that now! I have thought about lending this book to friends but I definitely want to read it again and I'm afraid of it never being returned!

  3. I just finished reading this book last week and loved it as well! She's just so real and completely relateable. It's awesome to see good people finding success and continuing to be good people :)

    1. I love that she still seems so down to earth and isn't a fame monster!

  4. Definitely adding this one to the list!


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