Title/Author: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (Yes, THAT Lauren Graham!)
Publisher/Year: Balantine Books on April 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Chick-Lit
Series: Nope! (possible companion novel to come)
Other Books by Author: None yet!
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: 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.
This book was one of my most anticipated reads this year! Although I was a little skeptical going into it, what with the author being an actor and all, this book was awesome! I absolutely adore Lauren Graham, and I have ever since I started watching Gilmore Girls a loooooong time ago. When I found out she was releasing a book I was really excited! Having finally read Someday, Someday, Maybe I can tell you I was not disappointed. It was laugh out loud funny, and I haven’t read a truly funny book in quite a long time.
First things first: I loved the cover! The picture was really cute and I love how she’s on the Brooklyn Bridge. Secondly, I loved the font too. I’m one of those weird people who actually have font preferences in books, and this one passed the test! Okay, now onto to some of the more serious stuff (but not really serious, because let’s be honest, it’s a hilarious book.) The book is laced with calendar pages from Franny’s Filofax, full of work shifts, little notes, doodles, and the occasional acting related appointment. I really enjoyed that these were added because it’s a personal touch that allows you to see more about what Franny is thinking at times and how she feels about some of the things she does in her day to day life.
Plot-wise, the book was kind of lacking. Not a whoooole lot of anything happens, but it’s enough to keep you interested! What really kept me reading was just how funny Franny was, and I always was interested to hear what witty and sarcastic comments she would make, or to read one of her tangents she trails into quite often.
Franny herself was a great character, and I found the development of her character to be very well done. At the beginning of the book, I guess you could say she was almost a being a little immature in her approach to acting. But by the end of the book, Franny had figured out what acting is really all about, and had figured out what it meant to her. Franny also had the best support group, consisting of her two roommates Jane and Dan. Although we never spend a whole lot of time with either Jane or Dan, I really appreciated their presence in the story! Jane was such an amazing friend to Franny, and Dan – although he was quiet and kept to himself a bit – was such a good person for Franny to have in her life. Another one of my favourite supporting characters was Franny’s dad. He didn’t have a very big part to play at all, and most of his dialogue was found in the messages he would leave on her answering machine. But, those messages were so funny! His understanding of acting and auditions and how everything works was so naive, that it was funny!
Lastly, even though I don’t want to say too much about the romance(s) in the book, I just want to say that in a way there is a bit of a love triangle, that Franny doesn’t realize she is in until much later in the story. I really enjoyed that there were romances present in Franny’s story, but that they didn’t overpower the true point of the story, which is Franny’s journey of self-discovery and becoming a “real actress.”
Maybe I should sit. Plenty of people use sitting as a way to pass the time.
Have you read Someday, Someday, Maybe yet? Were you skeptical like I was because it was a book written by and actress, maybe even your FAVOURITE actress?? Are you as big of a Gilmore Girls fan as I am? Why do you love it so much? :)