Ever wonder what the life of a struggling actor is really like? Lauren Graham’s writing debut, “Someday, Someday, Maybe” answers that question with humor and personal experience mixed in.
Many of you probably know Graham for playing the ever-witty Lorelai Gilmore on the hit TV show “Gilmore Girls.” With her experience in acting and her English degree, Graham shows she is truly multi-talented.
The novel follows Frances (Franny) Banks, a clumsy and awkward aspiring actress, as she gets close to her deadline of making it in the acting world of New York City. She has given herself three years to make something of her life but she has only six months left. We see her counting down the days using her Filofax to write herself reminders and basic gibberish.
The one thing I love most about Graham’s writing is how she makes Franny’s awkwardness really come through. There were several moments throughout the novel that I wanted to yell at Franny and tell her to not be weird. For me, I know a book is well written if I want to interact with the characters.
The one thing that Graham could have done better is to not make one sentence into a whole paragraph. But honestly, the character’s personality is to just keep rambling until her point is made. So, while it wasn’t easy to read a paragraph sentence, it flowed well enough with the story and she did it several times so there was consistency.
A cute touch that made the book more personal was the incorporation of actual pages from Franny’s ever-handy Filofax. We see where she hand writes reminders that rent is due and when her next catering gig is. It helps the reader get a more day-to-day feel of Frances Banks’ life.
All the characters in the book are well developed. Jane is her sassy best friend, Penelope is the arch-nemesis that actually turns out to be helpful in the end, James is the actor who knows he has it all and then there is Dan; the sweet guy who will always have Franny’s back and who the reader obviously wants her to end up with. But Graham does a good job of giving us a little bit, then taking it away.
The novel did take about the first 50 pages to get into but once I got a grasp of the characters, I did not want to put the book down.
The end was creative and came on a happy, hopeful note, but still left a couple of questions unanswered and made me wonder if there were pages missing.
I know many people are hesitant to really think an actor can write a good book but in Lauren Graham’s case, I will read any book that she writes in the future. She takes her experiences and her witty comedic talent and meshes them into a well thought out and developed book.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.