Home           About Us           Policy           Interviews           Books           Recipes           Challenges           Contact            Music           Giveaways           

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Deidra Reviews Someday, Someday, Maybe

Author: Lauren Graham
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

*Special thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review*
Summary:  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.
My Favorite Lines: *quotes are from the advance reader's copy and may change in final work*
"This new dry-cleaning conspiracy theory reminds me of your fear of ironing."
"This is nothing like my fear of ironing, although ironing is another secret society that doesn't want you to know what's up.  Do you know anyone who can tell you why the ironing board is shaped that way? Why it's so big?  How does it help me that it's the size of a surfboard?  Why is an ironing board so hard to fold?  Does it want me to leave it standing up in my room for days?  How am I supposed to do sleeves on that thing?"  
Why I Loved It:  I'm a Gilmore fan.  I bawled when the the finale aired.  BAWLED.  So when I saw a debut novel by THE Lauren Graham, I knew that I had to read it.  I honestly had to expectations other than I knew it would be funny edging towards snarky.  And my dear readers, it was that indeed.

I'm not going to re-summarize the story.  The summary above does a decent job of that.  I'm going to give you the low-down on the book though.  Lauren Graham depicts a great deal of her personality into this story.  There was a reason that people loved Gilmore Girls, and a big chunk of that reason was the quirky personality Lauren Graham played.  There was so much of that kind of personality in the book complete with the long-winded and super humorous rants.  The book is full of light humor, and the struggles of a woman trying to make it in the world of theater as an actress.  The story may be predictable, but the refreshing perspective full of humor and clever wit was a huge selling point for me.

Since I am not normally one to really get into chick-lit, liking this book was a pretty big deal.  Franny, the main character, is incredibly self-depracting in a way that I actually admired and related to.  She wants success, but she struggles with getting it on her own terms with her dignity in tact.  She ends up in a relationship with a guy that is just all wrong.  But there is an incredibly sweet guy waiting that just adores her.  Dan is probably one of the sweetest and awkward characters I've met in awhile.  

The book may be chick-lit, but the story is well-thought out and relatable.  I appreciated the story I was being told, and enjoyed spending some time reading the words of Lauren Graham.  Also, the character is named after Franny from J.D. Salinger's short story.  I love it when authors include that story into their own.  

Low Points:  It was pretty predictable.  I had to spend more time with James, a love interest, than I would have liked.  There was a bit of flip flopping on Franny's part that drove me a lot crazy at times.  
High Points:  Well of course the humor.  There were a lot of scenes that if I just pictured Ms. Graham doing them, they became even funnier in my mind.  I loved the 90's references and reading the different messages left on her answering machine.  *I honestly miss the old-fashioned answering machines.*  Also ever so once in a while, Franny's Filofax pages are shown, and it was fun to read the different things written on them.  

Who Should Read It:  Did/do you love Gilmore Girls?  If you enjoyed the humor of the show, you will probably enjoy the book.  Lovers of chick-lit and light fiction may enjoy it as well.
Need a Second Opinion?  

8 comments:

  1. I was a fan of Gilmore Girls, I really loved the show
    Chick-lit is very predictible but is good to read a sweet, fun and loving book once in a while even if you know the end way before starting reading it
    Great review
    Ruty@Reading...Dreaming

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! And I think chick-lit is there because we all need those kinds of books in our lives.

      Delete
  2. I really enjoyed this book, too. Graham's writing was humorous and relatable. James was obviously wrong, but I loved how the love interest(s) never overwhelmed the story. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a great point. The love interest was just a part of it. Franny was always the spotlight no matter who had her heart. I loved that aspect!

      Delete
  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. I've been nervous about reading reviews of this because I"m a huge Graham fan and when I heard she had a book coming out I got super excited, I didn't want to be disappointed. I'm more reassured now that at least I know it has her humor in it. Thanks for the review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hate the idea of Lauren Graham being a disappointment too. I'm glad the review helped!

      Delete
  4. Thanks for the shout out in the second opinion! I really love this review. It hit on all of the thoughts I had, and ones I think a lot of readers have.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! And no problem. I thought your review was worth looking at for people wanting another look!

      Delete

We would love it if you left your Twitter username and a link to your blog!