Book Review: Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling


Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling

Amazon Original Stories (October 6, 2020)

Short Reads/Humor & Entertainment



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.



Inside look into Mindy’s social anxiety

An honest look into Mindy’s social anxiety which started at a very young age.  It’s a candid, relatable, and funny. I enjoyed her account of adjusting to life in LA and how she copes in social settings.

This was the first book I read by her but will read her others.


Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (July 24, 2022)

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She wrote and stars in the film Late Night, and is currently at work on a collection of essays coming to Amazon Original Stories in summer 2020.

Mindy is the author of two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?, and recently starred in the film Ocean’s 8. She’s the writer and producer of the TV series Four Weddings and a Funeral, coming to Hulu in summer 2019, and is also working on a coming-of-age comedy series for Netflix.

She is known for her work as the creator and star of The Mindy Project, and for her years on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show The Office. In addition to producing, directing, and portraying the celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy’s Office credits include writing the Emmy-nominated “Niagara,” along with twenty-four other episodes.

Mindy was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. In 2014, she was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year.



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