April 17, 2013

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (Audiobook): Review

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Franny Banks is an aspiring actress in New York City with a deadline. She’s given herself three years to make it as an actress or head back to her hometown and start a ‘normal’ life. Now, at the beginning of 1995, she has just 6 months left and all she’s managed to snag is a commercial for ugly Christmas sweaters. With two roommates and an in demand job as a waitress in a comedy club, she still can barely make rent in Brooklyn. She needs an agent but they’re hard to come by. Surprisingly enough, after an embarrassing tumble during her acting class’s showcase, she has not one but two offers for representation. Could this finally be her big break?

I heard whispers on Twitter that Lauren Graham had written a book and my spidey senses started tingling. Lauren Graham, the actress that played Lorelai Gilmore on The Gilmore Girls, wrote a book? I was torn between excitement and trepidation. Was this just going to be a case of an actress sticking her name on any old thing and selling it to the masses? Fortunately, no. It’s really good!

First, it’s set in 1995. Wahoo, the nineties! I loved that. No smartphones or even cell phones. Even though this is fiction, there is a lot of Graham in the book. She was an aspiring actress herself in the 1990’s. When Franny goes through the process of becoming whatever character she’s asked to be no matter how small the role, I felt like I was getting some insight into how actors do what they do. It was like a mini acting lesson. It’s fascinating.

I loved the protagonist Franny. She’s funny and warm with enough self-awareness to know when she’s being a jerk. When she says something catty to another character out of jealousy, she realizes it right away and regrets it even though she can do nothing to fix it. There’s some complexity to her. Franny’s journey means making a lot of wrong decisions, of questioning whether or not she should compromise her morals to begin her career as an actress. For Franny, acting isn’t about becoming a big star but making a living doing something she loves, but she has that deadline in her head that she must meet.

Graham doesn’t take Someday, Someday, Maybe too seriously though. She pokes fun at the formulaic devices used in this type of fiction. After seeing a rom-com, Franny asks why there is always a love triangle and a sassy best friend in every one of those movies. The joke is Franny is in a love triangle and has a sassy best friend too. There are lots of little laughs like this. (Well, I found them funny anyway.)

As for faults, I found some of the descriptions of being on a set or an audition a little long. Maybe too much detail there. And Franny starts a lot of sentences with “Shit.” Not that I mind this word but she says it a lot. I like some variety in my swears.

If you’re looking for something fun and quick but with some wit and emotion, read Someday, Someday, Maybe.

About the Audio: Lauren herself narrates. That was the right way to go. She ought to know her own work and where the inflections should go. I loved her accents, especially for one of the agents. It was quite entertaining. It only took me a day to listen to this. It’s a quick one.


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Thanks to Random House Audio for the review copy. Someday, Someday, Maybe will be available for purchase April 30th.

8 comments :

  1. First, can you believe I never watched Gilmore Girls! I feel like some sort of alien. Sheesh.

    Second, this sounds like a good little read :)

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    1. It's a really smart show. I have several seasons on DVD.

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  2. As soon as I saw the cover, I was like, "Lauren Graham? The Lauren Graham? The actress, Lauren Graham?" Surprised to see it is! I, like Jennifer, have never watched Gilmore Girls, which I absolutely hate. I keep hoping it will pop up on Netflix!

    This sounds like a cute read. I like that Graham reads it.

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    1. I hope you get to see it, such a classic show now.

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  3. This sounds like it would make a perfect audio. I can't wait to put in on my wish list!

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  4. I've watched little of Gilmore Girls, just enough to get a feeling for the book. It seems Graham's brought her background to it to good effect, not overly much or anything. For the descriptions, I guess when you're writing about something you know well you're going to want the reader to understand it all, but it might not occur that there's too much in it. Nevertheless I hope it does well, it'd be interesting to see if she continues writing.

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  5. Hey that cover reminds me of a photo I took of my wife and son recently!

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