Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
1. Where is the book on the narrative continuum?Highly narrative (reads like fiction)
2. What is the subject of the book?Comedy/Humor, Love & Relationships
3. What type of book is it?Essays, Memoir
4. Articulate appeal
Pacing – Because this book has many smaller “essays” on various topics and it is a comedy book, it goes along at a faster pace.
Tone – While Mindy’s writings have a light tone, they are also somewhat self-deprecating, which she successfully uses as a way to connect with her readers.
Style – The book is written in a conversational way, as if the reader is sitting down with Mindy in a coffee shop listening to her describe her life experiences and the knowledge and wisdom she gained from them. Mindy tells her stories in a witty and candid way, not sugar-coating things but just telling it how it is.
Storyline – The book is easy to read, is intended more to entertain readers than to educate them, and does not focus on one topic for too long, as seen in the essay-style writing of the book.
Characterization – Throughout the book, Mindy tells about and describes the different people she has encountered and interacted with in her life. Her struggles and experiences, especially during her childhood years, are quite relatable.
5. Why would a reader enjoy this book (rank appeal)?