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Scootsa1000′s #CBR4 Review #7: Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I really love Mindy Kaling’s Kelly Kapoor character on The Office.  I get a good laugh out of her willingness to bully 15 year olds on Facebook, her obsession with reality TV, and her ridiculous relationship with Ryan.  She’s great on twitter (@mindykaling). I used to love her old blog (Things I’ve Bought that I Love) and enjoy her new one  also, even though it was sort of a tie-in for her book.  I also like that (like me) she is a smart girl from Boston who respects and loves her parents.

I had high hopes for the book, really wishing it would be a strong successor to last year’s Bossypants, but was mildly disappointed.  While Kaling has lots of great anecdotes and silly stories to write about, the book as a whole just didn’t do it for me.

You can read my full review here.

HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #02: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling’s book was exactly what I expected after following her on Twitter, reading her blog, and worshiping the twenty four episodes of the Office she’s written (The Dundies!). Kaling is smart, extremely ambitious, hard working and proves that you can be successful without sacrificing the things you love.

There were three takeaways from her collection of essays that really stuck with me. First, I enjoyed her discussion of her professional life and how difficult she can be to work with. She was surprisingly open about how she’s stubborn, reluctant to accept criticism, and gets emotionally attached to her work. Anyone who really loves their job can relate to these feelings; it can be difficult to spend hundreds of hours on a project to have all of your ideas scrapped by a superior. I appreciated her candor about her aggressive behavior in the workplace because it sends a message to women that being forceful in the workplace leads to success. It feels like every week, another set of articles about how women are paid less, do more work, and generally stepped on in the workplace hits the newsstands. Kaling provided examples of where it’s appropriate to be forceful, and why that produces results.

Second, and on a related note, Kaling accepts responsibility for her actions. In one chapter, she details a huge fight she has with Greg Daniels on the set of The Office, and how her mom berated her for her unprofessional behavior. She owns up to her lack of professionalism in certain circumstances, and discusses how she moved forward from there. In another chapter, she talks about how she left her super tight group of high school girlfriends behind to hang out with a fellow comedy nerd, and the positive and negative consequences from her actions. Kaling’s self-awareness about her actions is wonderful.

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