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Someday, Someday, Maybe Hardcover – 30 Apr 2013
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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
From the Hardcover edition."
"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
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lauren Graham is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York and Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The story focuses on the main character Frances or Franny and her journey towards making it as an actress in New York. I found Franny to be a believable and likeable character. At times I felt too much time was spent on her romantic relationships which seemed to fizzle out too quickly. Her reaction to revelations regarding her college boyfriend as well as awkward moments with her flatmate seemed to be bypassed quite quickly in order to move the career part of the story along. This sometimes worked well and at other times felt rushed.
All in all the book is written well and had a strong and funny story. I finished it within a few days and found it quite easy to read. I did find that the book seemed to end rather abruptly and hope that Graham follows up her debut with a sequel focusing again on this set of characters.
NOTE TO KINDLE USERS- the book features hand written drawings and notes which are from the filofax of the main character. I found it quite difficult to read this on my kindle fire hd. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book but was a but annoying as they are printed very small on the screen.
I have to admit that I'm not that familiar with Lauren Graham. I've heard of her, but I haven't watched Parenthood, Bad Santa or Gilmore Girls. I understand she has a huge fan base though. It's always interesting to read a book by an actor, especially when the book's protagonist is an actor trying to make her way in the business. I wonder if any of it is autobiographical?
As mentioned, the novel follows an inspiring actress, Franny Banks, a woman in her mid-twenties who has given herself a deadline to make it in acting. All she seems to get is auditions for commercials. She struggles to pay her way in New York and to hold down a job as well as audition for everything that comes up.
I thought Someday, Someday, Maybe was a really enjoyable read. It was relatable in the way that many people of Franny's age and either younger or older are struggling with what comes next in their life, many are struggling to meet their own personal goals without becoming completely disillusioned. I enjoyed the characters. Franny was a fun character. She was incredibly likeable. I really liked her friend Jane as well. Their close friendship was portrayed beautifully. Jane reminded me of my best friend. I thought Dan, Franny and Jane's roommate was completely adorable.
I would class Someday, Someday, Maybe as a chick-lit read, but it's not your average chick-lit. The romances are in the novel, but they're not integral to the storyline. I didn't really buy into the romances, but I think this is because they weren't a main focus in the story. It wasn't imperative to believe the romances to enjoy the book. The focus is mainly on Franny and how she grows as the novel progresses.Read more ›
I think there is a certain amount of dread whenever a favourite actor or singer decides to try writing a book, this almost instant assumption that it's not going to end well. I didn't have this feeling when I heard about Lauren Graham's debut, in fact I believed out right that she could do it, and I was proven right.
Make no mistake though, this is very much chick-lit, but it's at least well written and well thought out chick-lit, which makes all the difference. The story here concerns an actress living in New York, who is slowly slinking towards the deadline she set for herself to have 'made it' by. The main character here, called Franny Banks is very likeable, and it's very easy to simply picture Graham herself as the lead, whether it is supposed to be drawn from her own life I'm not sure, but if you're buying this book because of her name, chances are you will picture her while reading too.
The book does have the pre-requisite love interests/love triangle, and yes it is obvious who she will eventually end up with, though Graham wisely has a little fun getting self-referential about these things through the characters to the point where it's more amusing than cliched.
Overall this is a well-written, well-meaning, easy read from a great actress who has seemingly succeeded in a field where others have failed, and I hope it goes on to be a success for her.
I still didn't have much expectations. I mean Ms Graham is a good actress and a fun person but that does not necessarily mean she would be a good writer. Turns out she is. The book was much better than my expectations with its writing and vocabulary - I'm not a native English speaker, I like the books that make me look up to a dictionary and this book certainly did. The story is simple, perhaps a little cliché especially if you work in the entertainment industry like I do, it's the characters and writing that make the book enjoyable from the beginning to the end. Speaking of the end, I liked how Ms Graham ended the story at a point you get curious what Franny's career will lead and where her private life is going to. I don't know if there will be a sequel but I like that she left Franny's future to our imagination.
A little warning: I read the book in ebook format on iPad. Since you can't zoom in on iBooks, I couldn't read most of the drawings and handwritten writings on Franny's calendar. It's a good idea to get the paperbook version instead of ebook.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i loved this.... it was like reading about fanny brice and lauren graham all rolled into one ... I liked the characters loveable sheer determination and just her in general. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dani
If you are a fan of Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls then you will love this book! I really enjoyed it! It was fun, engaging and just how I imagined Lauren Graham to write. Read morePublished 7 months ago by EmsBrods
Franny Banks moved to New York to be an actress. But not just any actress, she wants to perform on Broadway. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paula | Cornflakegirl's Musings
Amazing!! So funny. I didn't want to put it down! Lauren Graham is amazingPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having read this, and also watched Gilmore Girls and Parenthood which I've loved, it's perfectly obvious that Lauren Graham is always Lauren Graham and can't dial it down a notch. Read morePublished 17 months ago by F Phillips