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Summary

Freaked out by her fortieth birthday, the creator and executive producer of Never Have I Ever reflects on the importance of good friends--and the mortifying obligations it takes to keep them.

Yes, Mindy Kaling is the genial Hollywood celebrity who posted twelve selfies from a single Oscar party, but that smile took work. In this hilariously honest essay, Mindy reflects on the social anxiety that she traces back to the slices of white cheese her parents served at her ninth birthday party. Little has changed in thirty years--least of all the fear of being judged forever. It’s probably best to just back away.

From the acclaimed writer, actor, director, producer, and New York Times bestselling author comes Nothing Like I Imagined. In these essays, Mindy Kaling shares the latest chapters of a multitasking life in Hollywood. Read or listen to them in a single sitting. Either way, they’re pitch-perfect.

©2020 Mindy Kaling (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Monica
  • 01-12-20

I feel seen!

Love this story about social anxiety and of course love most all of mindys work!

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  • Java junkie
  • 22-11-20

Relatable

This was very short. More relatable than funny, but I enjoyed it. I think I'll listen to a few of the other short pieces in this collection.

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  • Dr.
  • 09-11-20

excellent and funny.

A really great story, well told, BUT Ms Kaling, you dont have social anxiety. sorry.

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  • Wendy T.
  • 08-11-20

Enjoyed it a lot

I am enjoying these short peeks into Mindy’s life. I only wish they were longer.

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  • Stephanie M
  • 02-11-20

Incredible!

She articulated everything I have thought & felt in just about every social situation, but could never find the words! Thank you, Mindy!

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  • Sharonb8
  • 30-10-20

How do you fit in?

ENJOYED HER VOICE SHARING HER EXPERIENCE about getting to know herself and it's OK.

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  • Iseeitilikeitiwantitigotit
  • 29-10-20

Fun, relatable, short read

Listened to it on my commute. Good pacing, keeps you interested. She is charming and relatable. I’ll definitely checking out her other short stories.

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  • Mary Gillespie
  • 18-10-20

Great adult coming of age narrative!

This narrative kept me engaged and gave me some good laughs. A sort of adult coming-of-age that addresses the difficulties of social anxiety.

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  • miranda Fox
  • 07-10-20

very heartfelt

well I'm biased I already loved Mindy from so many ever wonderful shows. but now I feel much closer to her I too struggle with social anxiety it's wonderful to know that she's normal!