Monday, May 27, 2013

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham Book Review

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine via NetGalley. I was not required to render a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book:

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.

My thoughts:

I was interested in reading Someday, Someday, Maybe because I have caught episodes of Gilmore Girls every now and then and have seen many a Lauren Graham interview and I know how witty and funny she can be. The premise was interesting, a fictionalized version (well, some of it was probably from her life and other parts entirely fiction, of course) of Graham's attempt to become an actress. I was also drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover! It's one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen!

I had a really hard time getting into the first half of the book. It just was not able to capture my attention in the way that I normally like to be captured. There were definitely funny parts in the first half, but mostly it was a mundane description of what one might go through while trying to make their way into the spotlight. Acting classes, waiting tables, choosing an agency to represent you...ect. and that is all interesting, it just didn't fit the mold of a fictitious novel for me. The second half of the book was much more exciting as things begin to happen for Franny (without her seeming to realize it, humility is a good thing) in her professional and personal life. I feel like with this novel, I
 was more attracted to the minor characters. I found myself wanting more of Dan, Franny's roommate (and maybe something more?). Some of the funniest lines in the book belonged to Franny's Dad via the messages he leaves on her answering machine (yes, answering machine. The book is set in the 90's.) One of the best parts of the books were the pages filled with Franny's planner pages! I loved the way the book concluded, I just wish it started off as strong as it finished. This was not bad for a first attempt at a novel, if she wrote another one I would still want to check it out. I would recommend Someday, Someday, Maybe to anyone that is fan of Graham's as well as anyone who is interested in acting or actors.

About the author:

Lauren Graham is best known for playing Loralaie Gilmore in The WB series Gilmore Girls. She is currently portraying Sarah Braverman on Parenthood. Someday, Someday, Maybe is her debut novel.

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