Early Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (yes, THAT Lauren Graham!)

April 18, 2013 / 18 Comments / Review, Uncategorized

Someday, Someday, Maybe
Author: Lauren Graham

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Format/Source: eARC requested on Netgalley
Expected publication date: April 30th 2013 
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.

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. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.


[Note: This is an adult novel – it’s not especially racy, but there’s definitely a bit of profanity and some sexual scenes. It should be fine for anyone fourteen and older]

Is there anything Lauren Graham can’t do well? Known for her humourous and emotional on-screen performances in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, Lauren Graham is one of those actresses who really feels like she is the characters she plays: she’s funny, she’s strong, and she’s the girl you want to be best friends with. Because of my love for her as an actress, I had very high expectations of Someday, Someday, Maybe and I’m glad to say that they delivered.

The novel is written in first-person from the point of view of Franny Banks, a young, talented actress who is trying to get on Broadway. Each chapter is punctuated by Filofax pages with Franny’s scribblings – appointments, what she ate, how much she ran, doodles…at one point, an agent tells Franny that she should write down what happened after each audition and job she does, so that she has something to learn from. I can only imagine that Graham did this, and that’s where this novel came from.

You’ll be glad to know that Graham’s writing is very, very solid. I was incredibly impressed with her nuanced descriptions and her pitch-perfect rendering of character. Someday, Someday, Maybe was a smooth and effortless read from a writing standpoint.

While it’s not an incredibly inventive story – young, poor actor trying to make it – the novel makes up for that in heart, in humour, and in authenticity. I loved how Franny rambled on like Lorelai Gilmore when she was confused. I loved how she really didn’t know what she wanted to do, but she just kept on doing it. I loved how much effort and mental power Franny put into an audition for a girl who doesn’t have a line, but just has a funny laugh. I loved how she had depressing weeks when nothing was happening in her career, and she had to just sit around in her pajamas and watch crappy TV for awhile before pulling herself back up.

Franny’s family and friends, too, are such a hoot and so much fun to be around that I just fell in love with the character even more. Franny both underestimates and overestimates herself, and she does that a bit with her friends and romantic interests, too. What I loved about this was just how much she was an average girl when it came to love and relationships – Franny is really talented and pretty (although a little lacking in self-esteem), but she’s just as much of a clueless dolt as we all are when it comes to trying to figure people, not characters, out.

It’s impossible for me to divorce my own idea of Lauren Graham from the character of Franny – indeed, I don’t imagine that we’re expected to do so. A lot of Franny’s best moments are described in such hilarious and heart-breaking detail that you know that they must be drawn from Graham’s own experiences.

At its heart, Someday, Someday, Maybe is a novel about a girl who is trying to figure out what she wants to be and how to get there. It’s about making choices and owning them – but also how to fail, admit your mistakes and get back up again. As a young adult who is making my own way in the world, it was impossible for me not to love.


(Is this an all Lauren Graham images post? Why yes, yes, it is!)

The Art of Becoming Someone Else: One of my favourite parts of the novel was learning more about the craft of acting. I’ve been in some community theatre productions, but the way that Franny analyses and becomes a character is far more work than I ever put into my characters. You really see the process and the art of acting coming out through this novel.

The Giggles: This book had me laughing out loud. Many times. Lauren Graham is funny and quirky on camera, and that definitely translates to her writing.

It’s All in the Voice: Lauren Graham narrates the audiobook version of Someday, Someday, Maybe, and judging by this early snippet, that might have been the better format in which to read this book.

The Final Word: 

Lauren Graham’s debut novel Someday, Someday, Maybe is a beautifully written novel capturing the essence of what it is to be a young actor trying to catch a break – but still remain true to herself. Gilmore Girls fans, and people in your twenties, you will love this cute, funny novel about self-discovery and pursuing your dreams.

SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE comes out April 30th. Will you be picking up a copy or putting it on your TBR? Are you a fan of Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls, or Parenthood? Do you love acting/performing books as much as I do? Let’s chat in the comments!

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18 responses to “Early Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (yes, THAT Lauren Graham!)

  1. I will definitely be adding this to my TBR. I love the Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. This sounds like such an interesting and great book to read and I can't wait to read it. Thank you for your honest review.

  2. WOW! I didn't know that she wrote as well! I loved watching her on Gilmore Girls and I've been so excited for this book. And based on this review, I will definitely be getting this one 🙂 THANKS!:)

  3. Yay, I'm happy to hear that this book delivered! I've been waiting for this book forever, like you I absolutely love Lauren Graham and can't wait to read this one! Great review!

  4. I'm happy to hear that this book holds up. I know so many people who are looking forward to it. It doesn't sound like my thing per say but I will definitely recommend it to others.

  5. I am so unbelievably excited for this book I don't know what to do with myself until April 30! I'm so glad to hear that Lauren Graham actually did a fantastic job writing this book, although I never doubted her!! Also, I listened to the snippet of her reading the audiobook, and I think I just might need to invest in that version too <3

  6. Excellent review, Tiff, you said it all perfectly! 🙂 When I found out Lauren had written a book, I was beyond excited. I've loved her for so many years, and she's so talented, I was interested in seeing how that translated into writing. I'm glad to see you enjoyed the book as much as I did (my review will be going up next week)! I think I'm going to have to get the audiobook someday, I'd love to hear Lauren reading it.

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

  7. Normally, you couldn't hold me down and make me read an actress written story, but knowing that Lauren Graham wrote this one, I was immediately in. I love her. I never really watched the Gilmore Girls, but she won me over completely in her role on Parenthood. I can imagine that she would be a great writer. It is nice to know that her writing is strong, and that the story itself is strong. I will definitely be getting my hands on this one soon, and I really hope that I enjoy it as much as you did. Thanks for the review!

  8. I am so, so glad you enjoyed this! And that it's funny, because I really like humour in books. Plus, this sounds like a GOOD example of New Adult, compared to all the other examples that are out right now.

  9. I didn't know that Lauren Graham wrote this, I love her. Everything she does is great so it's no surprise that her writing would be too. Thanks for the review, now I really want to read this book.

  10. Great review! I actually posted my own of this book today. I really enjoyed it, too, and found Ms. Graham's writing to be fluid and funny. I enjoyed the character of Franny, but just couldn't not picture her as Graham (but maybe that's the point, like you said). I was impressed by her first novel and will definitely be on the lookout to see if she writes another.

  11. I read this book and liked it but it didn't really resonate with me. I mean Lauren obviously knew her stuff but I just didn't connect with the book the way I thought I would.

  12. I watched Gilmore Girls and liked it well enough but I LOVED Parenthood. The premise sounds realistic. Although it's not original, Graham's life experience makes it seem more authentic.

    Although hubby listens to audiobooks all the time while commuting, I'm more a fan of paper books. I read my first ebook via the Kindle app and enjoyed it more than I expected to. I think listening to this on audio would be a good intro to this format for me.

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