Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Title: Someday, Someday, Maybe

Author: Lauren Graham

Published: Penguin AU January 2014

Status: Read from January 24 to 26, 2014 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Said to be loosely based on Lauren Graham’s {Gilmore Girls, Parenthood} own experiences in pursuit of her acting career, Someday, Someday, Maybe is the story of a struggling young actress trying to get ahead, and keep it together, in New York City.

Franny Banks promised herself that if she hadn’t found success in three years she would give up on the idea of becoming an actress and gracefully accept a settled, ordinary life. With just six months until her self imposed deadline expires, and a holiday sweater ad her only acting credit, her future depends on an upcoming Showcase. When she stumbles in the performance, Franny is ready to concede defeat but two agents express interest, one of them from an elite agency, and suddenly her future seems bright…

Someday, Someday, Maybe is often witty and charming but truthfully it offers little more than light escapist reading.

The story is narrated in the first person, with the occasional inclusion of Franny’s filofax pages, call sheets and messages left on her answering machine. i often thought Franny endearing, but she is also neurotic and pityingly self absorbed which I found a little tiring. It won’t be a surprise that Franny nominally supports herself with a job waitressing, has talent but little confidence in herself and is beautiful but considers herself plain. There is some growth for her character but not in any unexpected way.

The plot is predictable, from Franny’s career trajectory to the romantic triangle with the handsome star and the nerdy roommate. Not a lot actually happens as Franny blunders around in the hopes of being discovered, overlooking the obvious, mired in self doubt and panic. She may finally get the agent, and boy, of her dreams but it all falls apart leaving her floundering which finally galvanises her into action.

Despite the endless cliche’s I must admit Graham can write, her prose is easy, often witty, and it’s easy to visualise the characters and the setting. I’m not at all surprised that the book has already been optioned to develop into a televison series.

I found Someday, Someday, Maybe a light, easy read, fine for mindless consumption, but not in any way memorable. It definitely seems to have struck a chord with fans of the Gilmore Girls series though.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lily Malone
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 19:44:55

    I didn’t know anything about this book, or author, and I don’t watch Gilmore Girls… what made me click to see your review was the title of the book – which I love. Isn’t it interesting – the things that motivate us to read/buy/click…

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  2. laurelrainsnow
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 01:17:55

    I enjoyed this one, but yes, light reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. Kailana
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 04:19:12

    Oh, yes. I remembered she was an author now, but have never looked into her books. I liked the Gilmore Girls, but was not a huge fan like some people. Maybe someday I will read this.

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  4. Danielle Swartz
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 05:10:25

    I really enjoy this review! I have had this book on my TBR list because I enjoy Lauren Graham as an actress and hear her writing is pretty good as well. When I’m in the mood for something light and easy, I might have to pick it up! :)

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  5. Mystica
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 21:46:19

    I enjoyed the acting and I will be interested in reading this story.

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  6. stacybuckeye
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 15:30:21

    I love Lauren Graham and have this one but haven’t read it yet. I;m glad to see that you think she’s a good writer!

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