Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
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.
I didn’t watch The Gilmore Girls so my first glimpse of Lauren Graham was on Parenthood, which is one of my favorite shows. I love her quirky personality and style. She’s full of spunk, not to sure if she’s doing the right thing at any given time, has a really quirky sense of humor, and has doubts that she’s a “good” mother. And like I said, I love her character. Little did I know that her humor from the show is part of her real personality.
This book is awesome!! It’s not only a good storyline, but it’s also funny. I loved that the characters were flawed like the rest of us and didn’t always do the right thing. I love the relationship Franny has with her dad. Funny stuff there! Her roommates were great characters also. Franny and Jane had a friendly, supportive relationship and Franny’s relationship with Dan was also supportive, and a little sketchy throughout the book…I wondered all the way through what was really going on with them.
The book has so many aspects to it. Friendship, loyalty, supportiveness, and gives a message that if you don’t give up you can reach your goal.
My feelings about the ending are mixed. I did like it, but it left me with many questions, so I hope there will be a sequel.
I loved this book and hope hope hope that there are many more by this author. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!