Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham
Title: Someday, Someday, Maybe
Author: Lauren Graham
Originally Published: 2013 (Release date: April 20, 2013)
Format I Read: Ebook (Kindle)
Publisher: Random House
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.
I am an unabashed Lauren Graham fan. Gilmore Girls is my favorite TV show of all time. I’m addicted to Parenthood. She’s a great actress. But, could she be a great writer too? Yes, yes she could.
Fanny moved to New York to become an actress. She shares an apartment with her best friend Jane, an aspiring producer, and Dan, a quiet writer. Fanny has had a few actorly successes, but she’s realistic about the odds. If, by the end of the three years, she has not made substantial progress toward becoming a working actress, she’ll pack it in, move back home, and probably marry her college sweetheart. With just six months left to go until the deadline, Fanny seems to be far from her goal, but she’s not giving up yet.
I just thoroughly loved this book. The writing took a couple of chapters to get going and then it was effortless. It is funny and smart. (I laughed out loud a number of times.) Above all, the writing rang true. Take, for example, this observation when Franny was having a meeting with an agent:
He directs me to a seat at the head of the long table. Then he sits a few chairs away, in one of the side chairs, which throws me. I sort of expected him to sit in the power seat at the head of the table so that we’d face each other from across the long distance, the way they do in movies about kings and queens, or couples who don’t like each other very much.
I loved and identified with and rooted for Franny. And Dan, sigh. The characters are realistic and flawed and yet mostly kind. Franny actually likes her dad. The plot itself is rather predictable, yes. But I think it was purposeful. At one point, Franny and Dan are dissecting a romantic comedy they’d just seen:
Look, the romance in these movies, it’s not supposed to be some sort of dark mystery. It’s a conceit, a way to show different sides of the main character, what she’s struggling with. It’s a way to make an internal struggle dramatic. People see themselves in that struggle. They keep using that structure because it’s familiar to most people and makes sense to them.
Yes, that. I think that is what at work here, and it worked wonderfully for me. The straightforward plot in Graham’s hands gave remarkable insight into Franny’s character. Little touches of truth and humor collected to add up to lovely book. And, bonus point, for the fact that it actually felt like it took place in the mid-90s without beating me over the head with it. The setting is subtle, the lack of cell phones, renting movies, Friends references, etc. Oh, more bonus points for the insightful hand-written entries from Franny’s Filofax, her planner, that appeared throughout.
I think the best way to describe Someday, Someday, Maybe is to say that, while reading this book I was effortlessly taken away to a fabricated world that felt real. And that is why I love to read.
Someday, Someday, Maybe [rating:4]