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Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel Paperback – March 25, 2014
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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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THE BAD: (this has nothing to do with the writing or anything else) For the Kindle version, at least for the paperwhite, the pages with the Filofax stuff were pretty much impossible to read. Especially since the "handwriting" was obviously supposed to look hasty and messy. It actually gave me a bit of a headache trying to decipher them.
I've always known Lauren Graham is an awesome actress, super smart and hilarious. Now I also know she can write!
There are so many laughs in this story. The characters are so outrageous and funny, they are mostly likeable, with the exception of a certain gentleman. I would love to know these people.
So hard to put down, even when the words started to swim across the screen, it was nearly impossible to stop.
I'm hoping that the saga of Franny will continue.
So when I saw that this incredible actress had written a book, I HAD to get it. But as I opened it, I was a bit nervous. Sometimes when artists switch mediums…their fans end up being disappointed…and I so did not want that.
But. The character she creates in “Someday, Someday Maybe” – Franny – is no disappointment. She is warm, funny, insecure, fierce, talented…and incredibly human. Her story is one that has been told many times before – a young woman pursues her dream to become an actress in New York, has romantic and career ups and downs….but Franny is a new, fresh voice and makes this book a pleasure to read.
She is funny without being a hapless goofball (THAT character has been done to death). She is insecure about some things in her life, but will stand up for herself when it really matters. She has been hurt deeply in her life, and she is flawed, but is not a train wreck.
“So I imagined it wasn’t happening to me. I imagined it was happening to someone else. I’m not sure if that had anything to do with me becoming an actor, but that’s the first time I remember realizing that it was easier to think about what I’d so in someone else’s shoes than mine, and that pretending was a way to feel better. Almost.”
Franny is a character I was really rooting for. She makes mistakes but not stupid ones that make me yell at my book. The struggles she goes through make her very relatable and sympathetic.
“It’s just past three, but already the train is filling up with shopper and commuters leaving work early, and there’s no place to sit. I grasp onto the nearby silver pole, steadying myself as the train lurches along, my hand slipping on the smooth surface, vying for a safe position along with half a dozen other hands. Today, everything about New York leaves me feeling like I’m competing for space, and just barely hanging on.”
One of the best parts of the book (and this is going to come out wrong) – was the end. Instead of tying things up in a nice, neat happy ending package, Graham gives the reader a vision of where Franny’s life will take her – but there are still unanswered questions – which is great.
I ended up loving this book and this character and hope that Lauren Graham will continue to act and write. Her talent seems to have no boundaries.
It's a good book so I do recommend it. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I didn't like the ending much. I mean I was reading the book and then it suddenly ended and I didn't think it was gonna end like that. Is not a horrible ending, but it wasn't that satisfactory for me.
I would give this book a 4.4
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