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Book Review: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday Maybe is a fun jaunt in the mind of Lauren Graham. It’s look into the life of a struggling actress trying not to give up on herself but forcing herself to face facts is an interesting journey.

Book Review: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

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Title & Author: Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel by Lauren Graham

Genre: Fiction – Contemporary

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Ballantine Books

How I Got the Book: Book Club Pick

Description:

“Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.”

Not So Contemporary Fiction

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With Someday, Someday Maybe my expectations were realistic. I’ve had some TERRIBLE experiences reading books written by celebrities, but Someday, Someday Maybe seemed fun and light and so like Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. Total win, right?

Yes…sort of.

First, fun things about this book (you know I love a good list):

  • It’s set in 1995 in New York City
  • It involves Filofaxes
  • Velvet scrunchies and pay phones were used
  • There’s a lovable dork love interest (<--my fave)
  • There are life deadlines and backup relationships
  • Gotta love the sassy best friend

The best part of this story is the journey Franny takes. She’s a struggling actress in NYC. She’s taking acting classes and trying to book paying jobs. Franny’s given herself three years to get a serious gig…or else she’s giving up acting and getting a “real” job instead.

The book starts with Franny only having six months left to get a big-ish role and have validation about her life and career.

With my own recent career leap, I could absolutely relate with Franny’s dilemma. Because even in books reality has to collide with dreams. Rent and bills have to be paid.

I loved Franny’s struggle because it felt real and made me wonder how much of Someday, Someday Maybe is a personal memoir for Lauren Graham. Especially with the book being set in the 90s and being about acting. Some may feel like that could take them out of the story, but for me it only added credibility and authenticity to it.

Lorelai Gilmore, Is That You?

I loved Franny’s voice in the story. It’s self-deprecating, unsure and super witty, a la Lorelai (and probably Graham herself). Overall, the dialogue of the book was great. It was fun and definitely banter-ish.

The main issues with Someday, Someday Maybe is the pacing and overall storytelling. There were definitely some slow moments and sort of self-processing moments that dragged on a bit.

What really carried most of the story was Franny’s self-development and relationship with a moody, successful actor. Although most of the plot was fairly predictable, I still enjoyed the journey.

OVERALL:

For a typical fiction novel, I think Someday, Someday Maybe was just OK. Solid but not the best book EVER. For a celebrity novel, it was waaaaay better than I expected. Someday, Someday Maybe is a great fun summe read.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.