Saturday, June 1, 2013

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

5 Star

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.

Lydia - 5 Star

Someday, Someday, Maybe is such a cute book! So, a confession first before I begin: I’ve girl crushed on Lauren Graham forever. I was a huge Gilmore Girls fan and have followed her over to Parenthood (which I also love, even though every episode makes me cry.) That said, I opened this book with trepidation, unsure whether I would love it or be terribly disappointed. I am very happy to report that I loved it! Someday, Someday, Maybe is a fun, easy, enjoyable read about a young girl struggling to follow her dreams.

Admittedly, I wondered – too frequently for my liking – whether Graham actually wrote this or whether it penned by a ghost writer. I hated that, and I hate having to say it just now. I think this whenever a celebrity name graces the cover of a novel, so it wasn’t just a thought about her though. So far, I haven’t heard anything stating she didn’t and the bubbly voice of the story sounds very much like Graham, and the characters she plays on TV, so I’m going with it was her (sorry for doubting you!)

I’m a sucker for a good self-growth story, so combining this with a follow-your-dreams plot, which I also love, left me smitten with this tale. I enjoyed Franny’s voice, so following her throughout the story was fun and provided many chuckles. I loved that we saw a different side of Hollywood and acting, how tough it is, and how much effort goes into it, because, like writing, I think many people feel it’s not very difficult to do.

All of this combined with the throwback to the 80’s cemented my love for this novel. Reminiscing about a time when life did not have cell phones or smart phones, when fax machines were the latest in communication, when an answering machine was a black box by the phone, and a calendar was something you wrote in, was a fun trip down memory lane for me.

Anyone who likes a coming of age story, or a follow your dreams one, and anyone who loves Lauren Graham really, will love Someday, Someday, Maybe.

Thank you to Ballantine for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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