Gilmore Girls is one of my all-time favorite shows. I have every single season on DVD, have watched each episode countless times and every weekday at 11am I watch it on ABC Family. Yes, I have every episode which I can watch at my every whim, but for some reason I still love watching it when it’s on TV. Needless to say, I’m HUGE Lauren Graham (aka Lorelai Gilmore, aka the best TV mom EVER) fan. I even started watching the show Parenthood because of her and I now love that show as well.
I was skeptical when I found out Lauren Graham was releasing a novel because I feel like in the past few years so many movie/TV stars have written novels and it didn’t seem so genuine; it was just sort of something for them to do like reality stars releasing albums. I purchased this book when it came out about a year ago, tried to read it a couple of months later but just wasn’t in the mood for it and then finally came back to it and finished it last week.
Someday, Someday, Maybe follows Frances “Franny” Banks – an aspiring actress nearing her self-imposed “deadline” for making it big as an actress in New York. She’s flat broke and working a part time job as a waitress all the while taking acting classes, trying to book auditions and get an agent. If you like Lauren Graham and her humor, I think you will enjoy this book. I saw a lot of Lauren/Lorelai in Franny and I would venture to say that some of Franny’s experiences in the book may be similar to ones Lauren Graham experienced as she was trying to “make it.”
Lauren Graham does a fantastic job of playing (and, now, writing) characters who are the underdog who you really root for and want to see succeed. Franny is no different in that way from Lorelai Gilmore or Sarah Braverman, but I wish I would have gotten to know her better. There are a couple of romantic relationships in the book and I wish that instead of spending pages on those relationships, she would have used those pages going deeper into Franny’s thoughts. I would have even been okay with the book being longer if it meant really getting to know Franny and her friends and “being there” on her auditions and in her classes versus just hearing about them after the fact. You do root for Franny throughout the book, but I think going that extra step and really being there throughout the whole process with her would make you love her even more.
The book was an enjoyable, good read and a good first novel and I would pick up another Lauren Graham read if she writes a second. I miss her quick Gilmore-esque chatter and wit and I like that her books take me back there.
Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts!