July 24, 2012


LOLing already at the title, and as a huge fan of the office, I was beyond excited to read Mindy Kaling's (writer, producer, and Kelly Kapoor) book. It took me awhile to get around to it since I didn't have much time for leisurely reading in school, but I am so glad I did.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) is the funniest book I have read in a long time. I looked like a mad woman laughing my ass off on the bike at the gym, and couldn't care less if I spooked all the OC moms working out around me.
Although you wouldn't be able to tell anyways since they all just got botoxed. 
They just look surprised all the time.

Mindy is a Badass Bitch, my favorite kind of woman.

 Mindy's satirical, comedic writing focuses on topics most postgrads can relate to: diets, boys, jobs, shopping addictions. But between all the jokes and seemingly surface level topics, I found so much inspiration and important lessons every girl should know. 

Body image is touched on quite a few times in the book. From Mindy being called a whale in her school days, to crazy diets, to a stylist only bringing size 0 dresses to a shoot. Mindy is obviously not only a beautiful woman, but is rocking a great curvy body as well. And as much as this subject is repeated over and over, the media really does provide women with a ridiculous idea of how our bodies are supposed to look. In the book, Mindy acknowledges that everyone feels bad about themselves at one point, but she loves her body and is proud of it. Which is something every woman should feel. 


Mindy never apologizes for being herself. She's quirky, funny, and has a shopping addiction (we're kindred spirits), and she owns up to all of it and doesn't compromise for other people. In our postgrad years, its so easy to conform to a job, a significant other, a new group of friends without even doing so knowingly. But as cliche as it is, be true to who you are. Being the best version of your self is the best way to be happy. Which will lead to a whole lot of other good stuff.

Kapoor 2012

Reading through Mindy's career path, which really started when she was in high school, also left me ridiculously inspired. Looking at apartment prices, car payments, and all those other adult bills really puts on the pressure to make a lot of money, and make it fast. But, Mindy's success came because she did what she loved. Even if it involved being a nanny and living in tiny apartments in shady parts of NYC.

I could yammer on and on about how much I loved this book. I literally didn't stop laughing and read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. But, I will let you just read it for yourself. 

Welcome Mindy, to my list of Badass Bitch role models.

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