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Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Graham
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Book Description

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
 
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
 
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
 
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

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“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true.”The Washington Post
 
“A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal
 
“Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong
 
“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”—Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again
 
“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries
 
“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series


Editorial Reviews

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Actor Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood) turns to a new creative outlet with her breezy first novel set in the demoralizing if funny bustle of New York City’s 1995 acting world. Twentysomething Franny Banks is destined to act, if she can can actually land a decent audition and an even more decent part. Able to pay her rent since she snagged a coveted comedy-club waitressing job, Franny lives the typical life of a struggling actor as she tries to balance finding a good agent, going to auditions, making a splash in her acting class, and keeping her disliked if much-needed job while fretting over the looming self-imposed deadline of three years to make it on Broadway. Her roommates, good pal Jane and wannabe writer Dan, play her foils as she also deals with family issues and the very enticing James Franklin, from her acting class. A jaunty style and cutesy Filofax entries mark this as light yet enjoyable reading. Recommended for readers interested in a blithe, behind-the-scenes take on aspiring actors and their world. --Julie Trevelyan

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“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true. . . . Just like the screenwriters of the best romantic comedies, she has taken elements of the familiar and spun them into a novel that’s heartfelt, hilarious and, hopefully, just the first example of what she can do with the written word.”The Washington Post
 
“A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal
 
“Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong
 
“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”—Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again
 
“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries
 
“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in, but it was her relatable characters (complete with doodled date-book entries!), irresistible romantic twists, and delicious plot that kept me turning the pages until well past my bedtime.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series

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  • File Size: 3631 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALBR6E6
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Effort on First Time Novel April 5, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have watched Lauren Graham on television and in a few movies and had no idea that she was an aspiring author. When I got this novel I was totally shocked to see that she was the author and I was seriously annoyed at myself thinking that this would just be a barely legible novel (I have been burned before by celebrities turned author novels). I can say with relief that I was 100 percent wrong. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a wonderful effort for a first time novelist.

Taking place in New York City in 1995, this novel follows an aspiring actress, Franny Banks. Franny has given herself a six month deadline to finally get noticed in the world of acting, or leave to return home and marry her long-time off again on again boyfriend.

The novel moves quickly and the character of Franny is written very well. I felt as if Franny was a good friend by the end of the novel and I wanted her to get success, fall in love with someone who deserved her, and not stress about money so much. Ms. Graham did a wonderful job writing Franny. I am sure that the character came easy to her since at least superficially the two resemble each other, and I would assume that Ms. Graham used her own personal stories of auditions and failures in this novel.

I also loved Franny's interactions with her father (I wanted more since the scenes of them talking to each other were so funny) and more details on auditions that she tried out for instead of her referring to them after they had passed.

The only issue that I really do have with this novel is that I wished that Graham had went deeper on the other characters in the novel. I really didn't feel as if I got to know her best friend Jane and even Dan to a certain extent.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Full of Lauren Graham Humor May 2, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I'm a Gilmore fan. I bawled when the the finale aired. BAWLED. So when I saw a debut novel by THE Lauren Graham, I knew that I had to read it. I honestly had to expectations other than I knew it would be funny edging towards snarky. And my dear readers, it was that indeed.

I'm not going to re-summarize the story. The summary above does a decent job of that. I'm going to give you the low-down on the book though. Lauren Graham depicts a great deal of her personality into this story. There was a reason that people loved Gilmore Girls, and a big chunk of that reason was the quirky personality Lauren Graham played. There was so much of that kind of personality in the book complete with the long-winded and super humorous rants. The book is full of light humor, and the struggles of a woman trying to make it in the world of theater as an actress. The story may be predictable, but the refreshing perspective full of humor and clever wit was a huge selling point for me.

Since I am not normally one to really get into chick-lit, liking this book was a pretty big deal. Franny, the main character, is incredibly self-depracting in a way that I actually admired and related to. She wants success, but she struggles with getting it on her own terms with her dignity in tact. She ends up in a relationship with a guy that is just all wrong. But there is an incredibly sweet guy waiting that just adores her. Dan is probably one of the sweetest and awkward characters I've met in awhile.

The book may be chick-lit, but the story is well-thought out and relatable. I appreciated the story I was being told, and enjoyed spending some time reading the words of Lauren Graham. Also, the character is named after Franny from J.D. Salinger's short story.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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Life is often heavy. Literature is often heavy. Sometimes I just want a little light entertainment, and Lauren Graham's debut novel, Someday, Someday Maybe sounded like just what the doctor ordered. Now there's no reason to believe that a gifted comic actress would be a particularly gifted comic novelist. Actually, my expectations might lean slightly in the opposite direction. So let me be the first to proclaim what a fun, funny, clever, and refreshing debut this is. It was absolutely everything I wanted and more than I expected.

Someday, Someday Maybe is the story of aspiring actress Franny Banks. She'd given herself three years to make it in New York, and as the novel opens in 1995, her deadline is fast approaching. Currently, she's waiting tables, not for Godot. The novel details Franny's travails personally and professionally as her deadline looms. There's no real need to describe the plot further.

It seems reasonable to assume that there's at least a smidge of autobiography in the mix. It can't be a coincidence that Lauren Graham's first professional listings on IMDB showed up right around 1995. She's writing about a time, a place, and a world that she knows. The details ring true. And she does an excellent job of articulating the work of an actor. It's quite interesting being inside Franny's head, hearing her thought process, as she taps into the emotions she needs to convey. It's easy to empathize with the likeable Franny and to root for her to succeed.

One of the greatest pleasures of the novel is the humor. Both actors and the industry are satirized. Additionally, there is rich observational humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story!
I was very excited to read something by an actress I've loved on two shows, and this did not disappoint me! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Cardenuto2
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel kind of bad, but I just couldn't get into this story
I feel kind of bad, but I just couldn't get into this story. I did read the whole thing. I love Lauren Graham, so I was excited to read the book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by aceslittledarlin
4.0 out of 5 stars And when that same book is clearly loved by a close blogger friend
When a book is set in New York City, I’m always immediately intrigued. And when that same book is clearly loved by a close blogger friend, then I usually bump it up to the top of... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
2.0 out of 5 stars I love her as an actress
I love her as an actress, but as a writer, I had a hard time with this. It was just going nowhere. I didn't even finish it.
Published 3 days ago by ~Shawn~
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan
Good book for teen fan of Lauren Graham.
Published 4 days ago by Grammie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funny
Definitely a first novel but a fun read. I enjoyed it being set in the 90s in New York, a time that I've never seen but can imagine so clearly, living on these streets today. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Marie Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully beautiful
Most incredible book.
Published 12 days ago by Insomniac'sGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Was it Franny or was it Lorelei Gilmore?
Since this novel is written in the first person, you can get a better feel of it if you pretend you are hearing Lorelei Gilmore's voice. Then you understand Franny. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mastercard
3.0 out of 5 stars I love her as an actress
It was an "OK" book for me. I love her as an actress, but this book was not an A lister.
Published 16 days ago by BrendaF
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut
Lauren Graham's debut novel is a breath of fresh air. This novel brought me back to young adulthood - all the major defeats and minor accomplishments of following a dream. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Shaina Ruth
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