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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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great short listen. love Mindy's honesty

lovely Sunday afternoon listening. nice to know celebrities seemingly as confident as Mindy suffer social anxiety. presented with her usual humourous story telling

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  • 16-06-21

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Yeah— I wish I would have noticed this was only a 20 minute story before using a whole credit on it.

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  • Steven W Sillich
  • 31-03-21

disappointed but thrilled?

what the hell? I spent a 13 dollar credit on a 20 minute story. I was disappointed. I was so into the story and love the author but when it ended I was left feeling shortchanged. I wait for credits, pay for credits and they are priceless. when comparing this brief experience with something like Michelle Obama Becoming, you've got to be kidding. provide appropriate content for the money invested. boo! on you!

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  • The Honest Truth
  • 06-10-21

Trying to make friends

(Wo)man, I related with so much! I currently have my husband and my sister as best friends and can see Mindy as one :) I love everything about she was open and honest with her social anxiety and how she is such an awesome person who embraces her fears by allowing others in with this piece.

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  • Yolanda W.
  • 21-11-21

I could relate.

I really liked this. As an introvert I sometimes have a hard time trying to articulate being lonely. It's good to know that I'm not the only one and the way Mindy expressed this from her perspective was perfect.

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  • 27-10-21

Lo ved it

Mindy is warm and funny.. A. great entertainment for your spirit. watch this video! mindy will restore your joy.

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  • Cynthia Hogue
  • 22-10-21

The audible

Loved it. it was fascinating. I was intrigued. I wish it continued. I look forward to hearing another.

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  • Belowsealevel
  • 15-10-21

Mindy's Unique Voice is a Joy to Hear

Fun, short, and meaningful - just what I needed today. I will listen to the rest of her titles.

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  • LoveFashionHateShopping
  • 14-10-21

So funny and relatable

Mindy is such a great and hilarious storyteller. She also seems so normal and makes great company on Audible.

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  • Karen Arnold
  • 05-09-21

Love to hear Mindy

I love to here Mindy speak. And imagine being friends with her and BJ. FUN.

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  • Dana Renee Sullivan
  • 09-08-21

Thank you!!

This was great! It was particularly inspiring and helpful because I am selective with my friendships, and sometimes spend time alone rather than with people who I'm not enthusiastic about. This essay reminded me that I'm okay. Thank you, Mindy!