Someday, Someday, Maybe
By Lauren Graham
My Rating: 4 / 5
As I’ve mentioned before, Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite t.v. shows, so of course when I heard that Lauren Graham had written a book, I knew I had to have it and read it!
Here is the summary (from Goodreads):
Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.
Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.
Well, I kind of fell in love with this one right away. The humour and writing style came through so well, and I couldn’t help but picture Lauren Graham as Franny while I read!
I really loved getting a behind the scenes look at what it must have been like trying to become an actor in New York City in the 90s. I mean, there was even a reference to This Is How We Do It! I loved (still love) that song!
I also loved the references to beepers and answering machines, and the Filofax pages in between chapters. Reading about Franny’s life of auditions, acting classes, and working at a comedy club was fun. It also showed how incredibly difficult it is to try and make it as an actor, and really opened my eyes to how unlikely it is that the majority of people who want to be actors will really ever be able to do it and earn a living, let alone achieve the level of success that the stars have.
Lauren Graham has a writing style that flows very well. I was surprised at how quickly I read this one! I just didn’t want to put it down. It wasn’t a perfect read, but it was fun and fluffy and made me laugh a lot.
I have to say, the romance in this book was sweet but predictable at times, since there is the classic good guy that our MC doesn’t see as a love interest, and the bad boy that she finds irresistible even though he’s a bit of a jerk. It was interesting to see this play out in a more adult fiction book, since I’ve read something like it in what feels like countless YA novels, but I could see where this romance stuff was headed pretty much from the outset.
I felt that the end of the book was somewhat abrupt. It really left me wanting more! Was it just me?? It seemed like a strange place to end things, but I’ve also heard that the book may be turned into a television show, so maybe I’ll get to see more of Franny’s story on the small screen.
Overall, this book was funny, sweet, and one that I’ve been recommending to people since I finished it!