Gilmore Girls fans rejoice! Lorelai Gilmore has written a book! Err, scratch that, LAUREN GRAHAM has written a book!
Synopsis: “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.”
In anticipation of reading a book by one of my favorite actors, I rushed out and signed up for Netgalley so I can read it before its release date. My request was approved, and within seconds I was nose deep in Lauren Grahams debut novel!
Did Lorelai Gilmore write this? It felt like she did! Lauren’s writing reminded me of Gilmore Girls, and as a huge fan, I felt like I was transported back in to the show. The books and movies and other pop culture mentions were all right out of the show (Those who have seen the show as much as I have, would easily notice this!) and the quick witted characters were reminiscent of Amy Sherman Palladino’s writing.
Francis Banks is an insecure 20-something wannabe actress. Giving herself a time limit and budget she moves to New York to pursue her life long dream of acting. Unfortunately, she doubts her talents, her beauty and her intelligence which makes it hard to believe in herself. Even when others tell her she is beautiful and talented and smart, she refuses to believe it. Lauren writes an engaging story through the eyes of Franny, as she finds herself and love in the actor filled city of New York.
Franny was engaging and real. I easily inserted myself in her shoes. Her insecurities and doubt we’re so relatable, it felt legitimate. I’m sure everyone has at one point doubted something in their life, whether a love interest or a career choice. Lauren’s coming of age story, set in the quirky 90s, is a thrilling ride of ups and downs and witty dialogue. READ IT!!
I don’t know what else to say, other than the book was great! Any Lauren Graham fan will love it. It was light and fun and entertaining. I cannot wait to read more from her!
Rating – 4.5/5