Wednesday, May 8, 2013

{Thoughts On} Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham


Title: Someday, Someday, Maybe
Author: Lauren Graham
Pages: 352
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: For review from Publisher, via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

I read this for the simple reason that I love Lauren Graham on Gilmore Girls. Curious to see if her humor would translate from the screen to the page, I didn't really even read the book summary.  I wanted to fall madly, deeply, forever in love with this book. I did enjoy it but after a while I just wanted it to be over.

The main character, Franny, is a wanna be actress who has given herself a deadline of 3 years to "make it" and if that time passes she is going to give up. She lives in New York with her best friend Jane and their roommate, Dan.

At almost 400 pages, not much happens for much of the book. Franny tries to find acting work and takes an acting class. I have no interest in acting and don't really "get" it so I was lost for a large chunk of the book that talked about methods in acting. It is at the acting class that she meets James Franklin. A relationship of sorts develops between the two of them but it is never defined and it isn't even close to being good. There is a sort of love triangle-ish thing that happens...twice...but in the end it worked for me. I can see why she was torn.

Classmate Penny was one of my favorite parts from the start and I wish her character had been developed a bit more. She was more real than the others and I would have liked to have known more of her story.

Someday, Someday, Maybe was an easy and charming read but I think that I just had too high of expectations for this one.

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad I'm not alone in my thoughts. I also reviewed Lauren Graham's book a while ago and my expectations were too high!

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    1. That was the problem exactly...my expectations were too high. I did enjoy it but not as much as I thought I would!

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