Mindy Kaling book giveaway

Mindy Kaling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?OfficeTally is giving away three copies of Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), courtesy of publisher Crown Archetype!

In the book, Mindy invites you on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.

UPDATE: congratulations to winners Nick (26), Jerrica (53), and Maureen Quinlan (87) — you have each won a copy of Mindy’s book! Please watch your inbox for an email with more details.

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  1. My favorite thing Mindy says in this excerpt is about spending time with your family. I always enjoyed hanging out at home with my parents when I was a teenager, which I suppose many people would find weird. However, I totally agree with Mindy when she says you only really have 18 years to just hang out with your family, and then it’s never really the same after that.

  2. My favorite part of the excerpt (I read it in May) is when she talks about how long it takes guys to put on shoes! I never noticed it before. They always have to sit down and really focus.

    I just bought the book, and got a second as a gift for my cousin just to discuss :)

  3. I really related to the Best Friends Rights and Responsibilities section. I have had some amazing friends who I can put directly into these descriptions. The honesty and truthfulness of this excerpt is genius, and I can not wait to read the whole book. I can say that my best friends have always been there for me in these important ways and I hope I am there for them. Friendship is a strong bond that can stand the greatest tests.

  4. I loved how she had “long, pro-tracted, unrequited crushes on older guys who didn’t know me”, because I was exactly the same way in high school.

  5. My favorite part of this excerpt was the Best Friend responsibilities. Friendships are about more than just listening to secrets and painting each other’s toenails. Mindy is spot on and so incredibly realistic with her descriptions of the quirky side of friendship. The last one, “We f’ing rock”, is the absolute truth. We all have friendships like that, and we all know ours is the best.

  6. My favorite part was the “I will try to like your boyfriend five times” guideline. It made me giggle to think about mentally checking off a list of specific attempts to like.

  7. My favorite part of this was the Best Friend responsibilities. Especially I will hate and relike people for you. Sometimes you just can’t keep track of who your friends are liking or hating at that particular moment. I get that!

  8. My favorite part was not having to be popular in high school and teen life not being like a song. Because whenever I heard some actors or celebs childhood being fun and crazy, i think mine was completely different. And yes i do enjoy hanging out with my family very much too. Also I’m 20 and i never been to a party that involves alcohol either. But the movies say your lame if you don’t find your high school sweetheart at one, or have the night of your life.

  9. I liked the part about high school. I was also the quiet observant type. If I was creative enough to write about some of the true characters I saw then, I would hope to be as famous as Mindy!

  10. “No two people are better than us”
    Change the two to a three and that is the greatest best friends rule my two best friends and I follow. I completely agree Mindy, best friends f-ing rock!

  11. I laughed out loud at the part about having a phone conversation accidentally disconnected. “This was a blessing.” Love it! My cell reception is generally terrible in my home and this happens to me very often. I need to start adopting this attitude!

  12. Mindy writes with the honesty and humor that you can only hope your friends have. Seriously, can we be besties? The section on being “overlooked” in high school was excellent. Unlike every tv show ever, most people find high school uneventful and act more like children than the twenty-somethings that portray them. Can’t wait to read the rest!

  13. The idea of a not so popular girl in high school becoming a comedy writing genius was my absolute favorite part. I was put in the back row of the dance routine in show choir and I never had a date to prom, so this gives me hope that all of that will pay off when I can turn it into comedy gold. Preach it for those who had a high school experience similar to yours Mindy! Wallflowers rule.

  14. What’s not my favorite part? If I had to narrow it down, I love that best friends must provide the preferred feminine hygiene products and contact solution, even if they are judging you while doing so.

  15. My favorite part of the book excerpt was the guideline under “Best Friends Rights and Responsibilities” of “If our phone conversation gets disconnected, there’s no need to call back.” My best friend and I have this happen all the time and we know that we could talk for hours and when it happens, we know it’s a sign it had to end sometime.

  16. I loved how she talked about not making a big deal out of high school. So many girls these days are living their high school lives but they need to understand that no one cares about what you did in high school. It’s also refreshing that she says to go to a non-online school.

  17. I love how she writes like she is talking to you, it’s so casual and is like having a conversation with one of the most hilarious, interesting people! And I LOVE The Office, so reading her writing has made me appreciate the episodes she has written even more!

  18. I loved the “Nguyen and Ari” parody of Mellencamp’s song. Not just because I went to a high school that had to add a separate field in the phone book to differentiate between the dozens of “Nguyens” that attended classes with me but also because of the backgrounds given for Nguyen and her Jewish lover Ari.

  19. I absolutely love the Best Friends Rights and Responsibilities. I followed Mindy when she was posting a bunch on twitter and homegirl had me cracking up. They are all so true!

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