Since the end of Gilmore Girls, I've seen Because I Said So about five billion times, because it is one of my all time favorite movies! And started enjoying Parenthood a few months ago, after hearing great things, and getting Netflix.
Well, when I heard and saw that Lauren Graham had written a book, I KNEW I HAD to read it!! And then guess what?? Netgalley had it!!! Whoop-whoop!! Happy dance!!
So now to my review! :)
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.
I was honestly surprised by Lauren's writing style! While she always adds a wittiness to her characters, that I love, the readers will soon see, after starting Someday, Someday, Maybe that Lauren has a very similar writing style like those characters! Franny is sarcastic, funny without trying, and a true delight, while at the same time very relate able!
What's great about this book, is that fans of Lauren's work will get a possible sneak peak of what Lauren's acting life was like when she first started out...at least that's what it sort of felt like. I believe I even read in an interview with Lauren that she mentioned some parts of this book were based on her life.
My overall rating:
I truly enjoyed this one! It feels very real, almost like a biography, which while I'm not usually a fan of that genre, this one was a bit difference. One complaint I do have is the ending. It was very abrupt, almost like there might possibly be a sequel??????
There was one scene I truly enjoyed, and while I can't quote it since my edition is an ARC, I can explain it. The scene involved Franny and her best friend talking Dry Cleaning, and how "Secret Society"esque it is. I thought this was hilarious, because I actually work at a Dry Cleaners. I will say after working in one I don't find it very secret society anymore, lol, only because the smell of dry cleaning would chase anybodies thoughts of dry cleaning their own clothes at home away! ;)
Anyway, definitely check this one out when it hits stores April 30th!
The Romance Bookie :)