Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Someday Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham

Summary: A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.

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. (Summary and image from goodreads.com)

Review:
First things first, did you know Lorelei could write?!  I didn’t! I only stumbled upon this book because I was trying to add Lauren Graham’s upcoming memoir to my TBR shelf.  To my delight, this novel did not disappoint, capturing the essence of what I imagine Graham would be like in person: sweet, unaware of how talented she really is, clumsy, driven, but still a little flighty. 

Before we get into the story, let’s just appreciate the fact that a celebrity wrote a book that is well written.  (I’m looking at you, Modelland, still looking at you.)  Franny’s father is an English professor, and the literary references sprinkled throughout the novel are as much fun as cleaning out the pantry and finding an unopened bag of SF chocolate you’d forgotten you had.  The story would have been fine without them, but their inclusion just added that much more delight to an otherwise content story.

The story itself is relatively predictable, but is presented in such a fun manner that you can’t help but allow yourself to be swept up in the fun of it. At the beginning of every chapter there is an illustration of Franny’s Filofax planner during the time of the chapter.  I can’t begin to tell you how delightful I found those illustrations! It made Franny and her New York more real and even more relatable.  

This is the perfect Beach/Road Trip/Rainy Day/Lazy Day read. It’s fun, it’s playful, it’s sweet — in short, it’s a great palate cleanser to rely on.

Rating: Four stars


For the Sensitive Reader: There are a few steamy scenes of the fade-to-black variety, a few expletives, and I found myself personally offended for Franny at one point. But overall, it’s much cleaner than I thought it would be.  

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