Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
Published by: Ballantine Books on April 30th, 2013
Genre: Adult, Chicklit, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: I had no expectations going into this one. I recently (well, more like a year ago) started binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix (which I totally didn’t fully finish but watched the recent Year in the Life episodes) and was interested to see how she would write a novel.
This was pretty dated as it came out in 2013 but took place in 1995 New York. You get a sense that Graham based the plot and characters of this story on real life events that happened to her which I found to be neat as it is a different kind of autobiography in a sense. The novel reads like a Gilmore Girls episode and Graham’s quick wit shines through the writing. Speaking of the writing, it wasn’t the greatest and felt quite juvenile at times and at other times word vomit.
I liked getting to know the “behind-the-scenes” life of actors starting out and the struggles they usually have to go through before “making it”. Acting is not something I am well versed at so it was nice to learn a few things. For her first novel, not bad!
Highly recommend if you liked Gilmore Girls, fancy reading some chicklit, just finished reading a book with heavy subject matter or in a reading slump!