Mindy Kaling is a sometime character and all-the-time writer on The Office, a show I don’t watch often but only because I don’t watch tv often. If I did watch tv, I would definitely watch The Office. Especially after reading this book – her self-deprecating humor and sharp wit are right up my alley. Sarcasm? Check. Sure, she name-checks Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon and that Krasinski guy and Steve Carrell, but I think she is okay doing it. They are her friends and her co-workers.
The book is very SNL-esque. Short little novelettes about her life, her aspirations, her plans for the future (some real, some not – I hope), and funny thoughts she has had. My favorite stories were the ones about the years just before she started on The Office; when she lived in a tiny apartment with some friends.
In her book, Mindy comes across as exactly what I’d expect her to, based solely on what she looks like. (What? I can totally judge the book by its cover – literally – here. That’s the point, isn’t it?) She is funny and borderline crass, in a way that its still okay for basic cable and parents. Plus, she talks about loving her parents, which is so quaint and cute that it still makes me smile.
I wasn’t rolling on the ground laughing or even laughing out loud while reading this. But that’s not her style. Subtle humor is hard and she nailed it.