Someday, Someday, Maybe

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From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead?and keep it together?in New York City.
 
It?s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway...

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
 
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
 
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
 
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

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“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true.”The Washington Post
 
“A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal
 
“Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong
 
“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”—Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again
 
“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries
 
“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series

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Editorial Reviews

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“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true. . . . Just like the screenwriters of the best romantic comedies, she has taken elements of the familiar and spun them into a novel that’s heartfelt, hilarious and, hopefully, just the first example of what she can do with the written word.”The Washington Post
 
“A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal
 
“Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong
 
“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”—Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again
 
“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries
 
“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in, but it was her relatable characters (complete with doodled date-book entries!), irresistible romantic twists, and delicious plot that kept me turning the pages until well past my bedtime.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series
The Washington Post - Jen Chaney
Graham…has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true. Despite its forays into predictable chick-lit territory, her book succeeds as a winning, entertaining read largely because of Graham's confidence and ceaselessly observant wit…just like the screenwriters of the best romantic comedies, she has taken elements of the familiar and spun them into a novel that's heartfelt, hilarious and, hopefully, just the first example of what she can do with the written word.
Publishers Weekly
Actress Graham's debut novel is set in 1995, a time when Caller-ID was a new feature, faxes were commonplace, and New York City's Times Square was still known for peep shows and unsavory characters. Following a predictable plot, Franny Banks, an aspiring actress living in pre-trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn, is desperate to break into theater but has only six months left on her self-imposed deadline to make that dream come true. With Franny's unruly hair, a body that doesn't quite fit the actress mold, and quirky personality—which too often feels forced—she doesn't see how she can compete with the petite and polished Penelope Scholtzky. Suddenly, Absolute, one of the biggest tal-ent agencies in the business, becomes interested in Franny and things take a turn for the better; she gets jobs and begins a relationship with up-and-coming actor James Franklin. But as Franny rises, she wonders if everything she's worked so hard for is really what she wants. Although much of the story centers on the ordinary realization that what you want isn't always what's right for you, Graham pro-vides an inside peek at the world of acting and the struggles of making it. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
In TV-star Graham's debut, an aspiring actress runs up against a self-imposed deadline: Make it in NYC within three years, or find another profession. It's 1995, and Franny is about to give up on her goal. She's come so close: acting classes with an illustrious thespian coach, a marred but memorable performance in his showcase and offers from two agents. Of these, the smoother-talking Joe Melville seems better connected than the crusty anachronism, Barney Sparks--almost immediately, Joe books Franny a bit part in a newly revived sitcom which may gain her increased attention, if it ever airs. On the romantic front, Franny has, she thinks, a long-distance relationship with Chicago law student Clark, a promising flirtation with handsome rising star James and a comfortable confidant in her roommate, Dan, a struggling screenwriter. Although her Filofax (scrawled and doodled sections of which precede most chapters) is temporarily chockablock with auditions for commercials and soap operas, there are long arid stretches spent in front of the TV instead of on it, when she's not temping as a catering server or striving to hold on to a cocktail-waitressing job. Finally, Joe comes through with a breakthrough role; except that it is in a zombie flick and involves nudity. Franny is perilously close to her deadline without a palpable validation of her career choice. Her fallback people, including Clark, her long-suffering father, and Dan, seem to be moving on without her. It's make it or break it time, but as is sometimes the case in semiautobiographical novels, the story seems to meander aimlessly, as it might in real life. However, thanks to Graham's affection for her characters as well as her authoritative exposition of the logistics of an actor's working (or in this case, nonworking) life, readers will excuse the detours. An entertainment-industry coming-of-age story that manages to avoid many of the clichés of the genre by repurposing them to humorous ends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345532763
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 32,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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Chapter 1

“Begin whenever you’re ready,” comes the voice from the back of the house.

Oh, I’m ready.

After all, I’ve prepared for this day for years: The Day of the Most Important Audition of a Lifetime Day. Now that it’s finally here, I’m going to make a good impression, I’m sure of it. I might even book the job. The thought makes me smile, and I take a deep breath, head high, body alert, but relaxed. I’m ready, alright. I’m ready to speak my first line.

“Eeessssaaheeehaaa.” The sound that comes out of me is thin and high, a shrill wheezing whine, like a slowly draining balloon or a drowning cat with asthma.

Shake it off. Don’t get rattled. Try again.

I clear my throat.

“Haaaaaawwrrrblerp.” Now my tone is low and gravelly, the coarse horn of a barge coming into shore, with a weird burping sound at the end. “Hawrblerp?” That can’t be my line. I don’t think it’s even a word. Oh, God, I hope they don’t think I actually burped. It was really more of a gargle, I tell myself—although I don’t know which is worse. I can just picture the scene, post-audition: That actress? We brought her in and she positively belched all over the dialogue. Is she any good? Well, I suppose you could use her, if the part calls for lots of gargling. Sounds of cruel laughter, phones slamming into receivers, 8 × 10 glossies being folded into paper airplanes and aimed into waste paper baskets. Career over, the end.

“Franny?” I can’t see who’s speaking because the spotlight is so bright, but they’re getting impatient, I can tell. My heart is pounding and my palms are starting to sweat. I’ve got to find my voice, or they’ll ask me to leave. Or worse—they’ll drag me off stage with one of those giant hooks you see in old movies. In Elizabethan times the audience would throw rotten eggs at the actors if they didn’t like a performance. They don’t still do that, do they? This is Broadway, or at least, I think it is. They wouldn’t just throw—

The tomato bounces off my leg and onto the bare wood floor of the stage.

Splat.

“Franny? Franny?”

I open my eyes halfway. I can see from the window above my bed that it’s another gray and drizzly January day. I can see that because I took the curtains down right after Christmas in order to achieve one of my New ­Year’s resolutions, of becoming an earlier riser. Successful actresses are disciplined people who wake up early to focus on their craft, I told ­myself—­even ones who still make their living as ­waitresses—­like me. I started leaving the alarm clock on the landing between ­Jane’s room and mine so I’d have to actually get out of bed in order to turn it off, instead of hitting snooze over and over like I normally do. I also resolved to quit smoking again, to stop losing purses, wallets, and umbrellas, and to not eat any more cheese puffs, not even on special occasions. But I already had two cigarettes yesterday, and although the sun is obscured by the cloudy sky, I’m fairly certain it is far from my new ­self-­appointed rising time of eight a.m. My ­three-­day abstinence from cheese puffs and the umbrella still downstairs by the front door are my only accomplishments of the year so far.

“Franny?”

Only ­half-­awake, I roll over and squint down at the pitted wood floor by my bed, where I notice one black leather Reebok ­high-­top lying on its side. ­That’s strange. It’s ­mine—­one of my waitressing ­shoes—­but I thought I’d left them outside ­the—­thwack!—­a second Reebok whizzes by, hitting the dust ruffle and disappearing underneath.

“Franny? Sorry, you didn’t respond to my knocking?” Dan’s voice is muffled and anxious from behind my bedroom door. “I ­didn’t hit you with the shoe, did I?”

Ahhh, it was my shoe that hit me on the leg, not a tomato. What a relief.

“I dreamed it was a tomato!” I yell at the half-open door.

“You want me to come back later?” Dan calls back anxiously.

“Come in!” I should probably get out of bed and put Dan out of his misery, but it’s so cold. I just want one more minute in bed.

“What? Sorry, Franny, I can’t quite hear you. You asked me to make sure you were up, remember?”

I suppose I did, but I’m still too groggy to focus on the details. Normally I would’ve asked our other roommate, my best friend, Jane, but she’s been working nights as a P.A. on that new Russell Blakely movie. Since Dan moved into the bedroom downstairs a few months ago, I haven’t noticed much about him except how unnecessarily tall he is, how many hours he spends writing at the computer, and the intense fear he seems to have about coming upon either of us when we’re not decent.

“Dan! Come in!

“You’re decent?”

In fact, I went to sleep in an outfit that far exceeds decent, even by Dan’s prudish standards: heavy sweatpants and a down vest I grabbed last night after the radiator in my room sputtered and spat hot water on the floor, then completely died with a pathetic hiss. But that’s what you get in Park Slope Brooklyn for $500 a month each.

Jane and I had shared the top two floors of this crumbling brownstone with Bridget, our friend from college, until the day Bridget climbed on top of her desk at the investment banking firm where she worked and announced that she no longer cared about becoming a millionaire by the time she turned thirty. “Everyone here is dead inside!” she screamed. Then she fainted and they called an ambulance, and her mother flew in from Missoula to take her home.

“New York City,” Bridget’s mother clucked as she packed up the last of her daughter’s things. “It’s no place for young girls.”

Jane’s brother was friends with Dan at Princeton, and assured us that Dan was harmless: quiet and responsible and engaged to be married to his college girlfriend, Everett. “He was pre-med, but now he’s trying to be some sort of screenwriter,” Jane’s brother told us. And then, the ultimate roommate recommendation: “He comes from money.”

Neither Jane nor I had ever had a male roommate. “I think it would be very modern of us,” I told her.

“Modern?” she said, rolling her eyes. “Come one, it’s 1995. It’s retro of us. We’d be Three’s Company all over again.

“But with two Janets,” I pointed out. Jane and I are different in many ways, but we worked hard in school together, we’re both brunettes, and we’ve both read The House of Mirth more than once, just for fun.

“How true,” she sighed.

“Franny?” Dan calls out, his voice still muffled. “You didn’t go back to sleep did you? You told me you’d try if I let you. I promised I’d make sure—

I take a deep breath and I bellow, in my most diaphragmatically supported Shakespearean tone: “Daaaaaaan. Come iiiiiinnnnnnn.”

Miraculously, the left side of Dan’s face appears through a crack in the door, but it’s not until he’s confirmed my fully covered status and stepped all the way into the room, leaning his oversized frame awkwardly against the corner bookshelf, that I suddenly remember:

My hair.

I have no romantic feelings ­toward Dan, but I do have very strong feelings about my unruly, impossibly curly hair, which I piled into a green velvet scrunchie on top of my head last night while it was still wet from the shower, a technique that experience tells me has probably transformed it from regular hair into more of a scary, frizzy ­hair-­tower while I slept. In an attempt to assess just how bad it is, I pretend to yawn while simultaneously stretching one hand over my head, in the hopes of appearing nonchalant while also adjusting the matted pile of damage. For some reason this combination of moves causes me to choke on absolutely nothing.

“Is it . . . (cough, cough) . . . is it ­really late?” I sputter.

“Well, I went to the deli, so I don’t know exactly how long your alarm’s been going off,” Dan says. “But Frank’s been up for at least two hours already.”

Shit. I am late. Frank is the neighbor whose apartment we can see into from the windows in the back of our brownstone. Frank leads a mysterious, solitary life, but one you can set a clock by. He rises at eight, sits in front of a computer from nine to one, goes out and gets a sandwich, is back at the computer from two until six thirty, is gone from six thirty to eight, and then watches TV from eight until eleven p.m., after which he goes promptly to sleep. The schedule never changes. No one ever comes over. We worry about Frank in the way New Yorkers worry about strangers whose apartments they can see into. Which is to say, we made up a name for him and have theories about his life, and we’d call 911 if we saw something frightening happen while spying on him, but if I ran into him on the subway, I’d look the other way.

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Reading Group Guide

A Conversation between Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman
 
MAE WHITMAN  is a child-turned-actor who hails from and currently resides in East Los Angeles with some dogs, a turtle, a cat, and a super cool roommate. You can find her acting on the shows Parenthood  and Arrested Development or hear her speaking as the voices of Tinker­ bell  and  April O'Neill. She enjoys reading comic books, eating kale, sitting  down outside and showing people her scars from when she fell down the stairs at the premiere of the movie Twilight
 
 
MAE WHITMAN: So, I was extremely happy to be one of  your earli­est readers ...
 
LAUREN GRAHAM: I was extremely nervous! I'd hardly showed it to anyone at that point, and while I hope it appeals to a broad audience, it was especially important to me that it appealed to someone your age, in the field, never mind you in particular as my friend. Plus, work would have become incredibly awkward if you hated it.
 
MW: But I loved it. I think I texted you on page three, asking if Dan was  based on a real person and when I could meet him.
 
LG: I love that Dan appeals to readers. I think there aren't enough nerd heroes out there.

MW: I also loved the Filofax so I just wanted to know how you got there.
 
LG:  Before people were really using computers and smart phones, you had pen and paper—a physical representation of what was going on  in your life. Back when you had to write things down, you got a real sense of the times that were busier and times where nothing was happening. So  much of  being an actor is  waiting for the phone to ring, and I can remember the worried feeling I'd get when I looked ahead to an empty week in my datebook. I thought it would be a fun aspect of  the book to show those pages, since time is such a  major issue—how much time should Franny give this before she has to ac­cept that it's not going to happen? How many empty weeks can she handle?
 
MW: As a reader I thought it was great because it's  another way you really get to feel like you know her. And it also makes her so relat­able. I know I get really stressed sometimes when I look at my plan­ner and think Oh, I have so much stuff coming up! Or worse, nothing at all.
 
LG: It used to be that everyone had a datebook. I'd keep them for years, lining them up in my closet when the year was over, and it was such a great way to look back and measure your accomplishments. I'd save notes people wrote me, I'd doodle, and then I'd have this diary of small moments that would jog a memory of place and time. Now­ adays, all  that communication and expression has been replaced by information you store in your phone and probably never print out. Back then, we had no computer, only a fax machine, and you'd have to go physically pick up scripts from your agent's office. So you'd spend entire days getting on trains and buses and walking from place to place.
 
MW: And that affects your whole day, your whole life, really. All that extra travel time...how does that change the way you think?

LG: Well, you have much more time for reflection. You might be listening to your Walkman or CD player, but you weren't playing a game, you weren't texting, googling things, etc. You were staring out the window or reading. When I first started writing the book, it was surprising to me to think of that way of  spending time as something I'd grown nostalgic for. It doesn't seem like that long ago,  but these changes have happened so quickly. I also liked the idea of setting the story in a time when you had to work a little harder to make a plan with somebody. You could arrange to meet, but no one really had a cell phone yet,  so if something went wrong, you'd be left standing on a street corner wondering what happened. You'd have to  find a pay phone and they didn't always work. I remember going block to block sometimes looking for a working pay phone.

And anyway, no one expected you to get back to them right away. Wow, I sound like an old  person: We used to walk to school barefoot in the snow ...
 
MW: Uphill both ways ...
 
LG: Exactly! But it was different.
 
MW: Another thing that comes up in the book is the idea of a dead­line. There's such a strange disconnect between having a dream and then trying to put a deadline to it ...
 
LG: In most careers there are signs that you're doing well, signs that you should continue. In acting, and in writing as well, you have to make those for yourself. No one is going to tell you "Your time's up, go home now." And no one is going to tell you, "We really need more actors, so please stay!"

When I started out, I didn't exactly give myself a deadline, but I did have an internal ticking clock. When I was  in college I knew I wanted to be an actor, but I also thought, Should I get a teaching cer­tificate,  just in case? At one point in the story, Franny runs into a friend whose accomplishments are a lot more measurable than hers, and it serves as a wake-up call. We set these goals in our careers and in life, and sometimes you get what you want and sometimes you don't, and only you can say when it makes sense to keep going or when it's time to throw in the towel.
 
MW: I'm relating to this so much more than you can understand. I related to the whole book, obviously, but this point specifically—it's such a difficult thing. For me, you know, I've been acting since I was young. But still, if  anything, it's only gotten more unclear how to gauge this sort of progress.
 
LG: Which is insane, since you've worked steadily since you were five years old! But I think that's good insight into the mind of an actor. I don't know who you have to be to have a sense of security. Does Meryl Streep still worry where her next job is coming from?
 
MW: Which leads me to my next question, which is about Clark, who is Franny's ex-boyfriend, and sort of her backup plan. What does he represent for her?
 
LG: One element of Franny's journey is going from being an uncertain person to having a little more confidence. And reflecting on that made me think of those agreements you make before you know better—the  kind of deals that no one over thirty ever seems to make—which is the joking yet semi-serious Hey, if we don't meet anybody else bythe time we're thirty ...
 
MW: The Thirty Pact.
 
LG: Starring Jason Segel and Kate Hudson.

MW: Brilliant. I gotta go make a call!
 
LG: It's that idea that if your dream scenario doesn't come through, you have a Plan B that extends not just to a career realm but also a personal one. So much of life just happens to you, but there are also times when you make these more overt decisions. You think: I could choose to be this person or that one. I could be an actress living in New York, or I could live in the suburbs and marry this guy and live another kind of life. Clark was this wonderful relationship she had, but their career paths sort of went in different directions and he got into school in another city and she wanted to pursue her dream. But there's a sense of  safety in Clark as her back-up plan. And to me, that seemed like part of coming of age, and of  oming into yourself is letting go of those security blankets and accepting that there are no guarantees.
 
MW: I was in a relationship all of my early twenties, and I remember it being full of so many possibilities, but also thinking, Yeah, but if I was out of this relationship, it might be you or you or you  ...
 
LG: You're still trying things on for size to see what fits—jobs, peo­ple. It's a process of getting to know yourself, like being in a dressing room and trying on jeans.
 
MW: This one doesn't fit!
 
LG: It's terrible! But even once you find a pair that fits, there are still problems ...
 
MW: And you'll grow out of them eventually and need a new pair. But that's the thing, it does get easier. You do sort of realize that wherever you are, that's where you are. For me it's happening a lot more, being able to let go. You realize that you know you won't fit in the same jeans that you've kept for years and that's okay.
 
LG: It's rare when you see those people—I'm just really loving this jeans metaphor, by the way—who buy a pair of jeans in high school, and they're still wearing them thirty years later. It can be a good or a bad thing.
 
MW: Or they have them in a drawer and they're thinking I'm aimin' to fit back into these bad boys someday. It's like, just acknowledge the nice new capris that you have!

LG: It's a funny thing too in terms of  being a young woman and hav­ing a real career drive. There's still no easy answer as to how to bal­ance that. There's no way that having immense ambition isn't going to impact your personal life. And this career in particular can be all­ consuming. It has these odd aspects to it, where you're endlessly meeting new people and having to connect and pretend they're your husband, for example. It can be treacherous personally because it invites new opportunity all the time, which can invite insecurity. Maybe you have to  go film in Toronto, maybe you have to  go do a play in Poughkeepsie. There's no predictable routine. Clark represents Franny's path not taken, someone who, if she weren't pursuing this acting career, she might have followed into a different kind of life.
 
MW: That unpredictability and variety is the reason why I'm an actor, and the reason that sometimes I wish I wasn't. I love every­thing so much; I wake up and go I don't know what I want to put on­—safari clothes? Do I want to dress like a hip-hop artist? I get  to go be a drug dealer without having to get arrested. I get to be all these things in one life. Then I come home and I'm like, what's my thing?
 
LG: I tried to show that in the book  too—the impact of all that time spent imagining what you would do if. And how,  even though you're trying to bring your own light to everything, you also spend your day trying to please other people, hoping that you're their vision of what they wrote, or what they saw in a part, and it can take a toll on your own sense of-
 
MW: Your life!
 
LG: Yeah. It's a really odd profession in that way. Plus, in the nine­ties, there were maybe two tabloids—not ten, like there are today. There was no American Idol...
 
MW: Hardly any reality TV  at all.
 
LG: Right, so there wasn't this sense of what to emulate, the idea of Anyone can do this, which I think exists slightly more now. There were the performances you'd see in the movies and onstage but there wasn't as much exposure to actors' personal lives. There wasn't that celebrity thing that there is now. I went to grad school with a bunch of aspiring actors and I don't think anyone ever once said  "I want to be famous." That was not the point.The point was to work at a great regional theater somewhere. The point was just to be an actor at all.
 
MW: One other thing I was thinking about is Franny feeling like she has to squeeze into a character that is so not her. How does that affect whether she's true to herself?
 
LG: Right. So, Franny gets offered a part that requires her to be top­less. Another odd thing about this acting journey is that you're confronted with these sorts of questions along the way. You didn't write the material, but you're the one playing the part, and it affects and reflects on you personally. So this was just another way that I was try­ing to depict these Who am I? situations, which never end.
 
MW: You get confronted with that every day, with every choice, with every new project ....
 
LG: It's one of  the quirks of the job. You're probably not going to be asked to be topless in your law firm, unless things have taken a really unusual turn. But as an actor, it's different.

I remember a friend once saying that the only thing you have as an actor is "no." And that's on a good day, when things are coming to you, and you have the ability to pick and choose, since normally this is a career where there's not enough work going around. It's so interesting that it attracts as many people as it does given how draining it can be.
 
MW: It's interesting that you say that, because I was thinking about morals and such, and that scene with Barney Sparks, where she clicks with him at first, but then sort of gets suckered into this situation with another agent that's so not her....
 
LG: At one time or another, most people fall prey to trying to belong to  the club that wants them the least. For Franny, on the one hand there's this agency that feels very slick and fancy, and on the other hand there's a man who seems to really understand her. And that also goes  on with the two boys she's interested in: James Franklin and Dan. I think it's rare that difficult choices are all that clear. You're never choosing between the right job and the wrong job, the right guy and the wrong guy. So I liked the idea of a character like Barney Sparks, who isn't obviously the right choice, whose language is a lit­tle bit cliche, who's older and maybe past his prime. There's that ele­ment of  time again—it isn't a business that treasures aging. But the wisdom he has for Franny is really simple, but true. The acting pro­cess, as a business and a craft, is really about finding yourself. I just liked the idea of this older guy who's seen the journey a thousand times. It's sort of a Dorothy and Oz thing. It was always Kansas. She just has to realize it.
 
MW: That's something I understand so deeply, but it's also a constant battle. You do need people who want the best for you but ultimately it comes down to your own heart's song. What feels like the most hon­est, pure thing for you.
 
LG: Well, you're relying on yourself. And that's a theme too, and will be even more so in the next book. It's a calling, it's a craft, it's an art, but it's also a job. How much of your life do you  give to your job? And what does it cost you?  How do you cope with a job where you've spent the day crying because Amber was in a car accident or whatever?
 
MW: If I think of the number of scenes where I've gone back to my neighborhood and to a bar afterward, and stared blankly at a wall with a beer, just trying to come back again ...
 
LG: When I started out, it didn't get to me like that. It does now. But at first, I mainly did comedy and I was like, it's fine, nobody's going to need me to cry in anything; I'm a comedian. So it's been surprising to me  to do as much drama, because I never saw myself that way. Another example of how this business tells you where, or if, it wants you. There are so many things that aren't in your control. It's a slip­pery shifting thing.

It's never a job where you go home and think, "I've really licked this whole acting thing; boy, do I know what I'm doing!"
 
MW: Never! So, given that you're already in a baffling and challeng­ing field, what made you want to write a book?
 
LG: I was an avid reader as a kid—I came to acting through reading. As a young reader I always pretended I was all the characters, any­ way, so it was an easy transition to becoming an actor pretending that the lines I was  given were just coming to me off the top  of my head. So, while the process itself wasn't easy at all, the practice of  imagin­ing what these characters might say or do was familiar in a way, and very gratifying. And I could do it all myself, without waiting for the phone to ring.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    A Book Full of Lauren Graham Humor!  I'm a Gilmore fan.  I bawle

    A Book Full of Lauren Graham Humor!
     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.  

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    I read this book while in the hospital... I'm afraid I may have

    I read this book while in the hospital... I'm afraid I may have woken other patients up with my laughter. I consumed the book in less than 24 hours. It's light hearted, easy and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Totally raised my spirits when they were at their lowest.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

    I am a Lauren Graham fan, and I LOVED Gilmore Girls. But I'm not

    I am a Lauren Graham fan, and I LOVED Gilmore Girls. But I'm not a fan of Someday, Someday, Maybe. The story is slow and there is not much about the characters that keeps me interested. And as much as I love the quirky humor of Gilmore Girls and the rambling, incoherent but somehow charming banter, it just does not translate well on a page. "uh" expressed verbally can sound delightfully awkward, but on a written page only disrupts the natural flow to a story. I can't finish this, because I would be forcing myself to do so.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book! Anyone who is a fan of Lauren Graham w

    Really enjoyed this book! Anyone who is a fan of Lauren Graham will appreciate the tone and humor of the story, though even those unfamiliar with her will be able to enjoy it. I found the main character, Franny, to be extremely relatable and funny, similar to Graham herself. She takes her dreams seriously yet doesn't take herself too seriously, and she believes she can be successful even while suffering from lack of confidence. She is a contradiction and yet because of that would be relatable to most 20 something girls who are just starting out. Anyone though, will be able to appreciate the complexities of what it's like to chase a dream so desperately while knowing it might never actually come true. What I loved most about Franny is how witty and hopeful she is; it made her thoughts a pleasure to read. I can definitely see this book being made into a film or series and look forward to the next installment which I understand Graham has already begun undertaking.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A 20 something

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A 20 something woman has spent the last 2.5 years trying to make her mark in New York City on the theater world and just can't seem to catch a break.  As things start going in a good direction, she must take a step back and make some decisions.  

    Franny and her two room mates were great, I definitely felt like they were truly New Yorkers and showed the true struggle to make it in New York in the entertainment industry.  The inclusion of Franny's calendar with the dates was a great addition - it gave the book character.  There is nothing I would change about this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly Recommended-Don't miss this one!

    I am a fan of Lauren Graham and was excited to read this book and I was not disappointed! It was like going back in time and being a fly on the wall watching what it must be like to be a struggling actor living in NYC fighting to make a dream come true...and the heartaches that go along with it. I would love to read more books based on the lead character and her friends because this book left me wanting more. Way to go Lauren Graham...don't stop now!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Pleasantly surprised!

    I bought this book as a fan of Lauren Graham and the Gilmore Girls. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The characters stuck with me long after reading and the pace was perfect for a light read. It was also very smart and funny. I hope she continues writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Amazing

    Amazing!! The characters were so real, I fell in love with them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Someday someday maybe

    Gilmore girls is so amazing thats why i bought thus book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Fair

    If you are in the theater/ new actor scene this may appeal to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Cm

    I couldn't put this book down! A great summer read!

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    I love Gilmore Girls. Yes I know, this isn't related to Gilmore

    I love Gilmore Girls. Yes I know, this isn't related to Gilmore Girls except for the tiny fact that the author of Someday, Someday, Maybe played Lorelei in Gilmore Girls. I know I probably shouldn't relate her work with Gilmore Girls but I can't lie and say I didn't pick this book up for the sole reason that the author is Lauren Graham, because that is the reason. Still, I really enjoy reading chick lits and when I read the synopsis I knew this was something I might enjoy. and I did enjoy it. It was definitely a different book from the usual YA or romantic chick lits I've read in the past. Someday, Someday, Maybe follows the struggle of Franny to becoming an actress in 1995. Franny reminded me SO MUCH of the main protagonists in Sophie Kinsella's books. They are funny, quirky, don't have a brain to mouth filter, and get themselves in the most ridiculous and embarrassing situations but miraculously always come out of it bolder and with their chin held high. This is why I loved Franny so much. I loved her dedication to her work and especially her Filofax entries (even if her handwriting was a bit hard to read!).There are two problems that I had with this book, the first being the somewhat draggy plot in the middle of the novel and the next is the romance. I didn't care much about it because I didn't like the love interest and just who Franny was around him. Still, this isn't about the romance and it is about Franny and her struggle and ups and downs of trying to make it as an actor in New York in the 1990s. I do have to say that I really liked Franny's roommates and friends. They were very supportive and always had her back. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a great debut by Graham and I wonder how much of Franny's experiences actually apply to her life. I can't wait to read more by Graham because she clearly is a fantastic story teller. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Loved it

    I thought this book was quite funny.. it was a quick easy read and am hoping for another one to continue Fanny's adventure in acting..I really enjoyed thisbook and there were times when I laughed out loud. Lauren has a way with humor on screen and now it shows in her writing too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Light-hearted and hopeful

    This is an easy read following the up and comer, Franny Banks. It tells the tale of a young actress' struggles in NYC and her journey to success in love, life, and being content with life, just as it is.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

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    Someday, Someday, Maybe is roughly based off of Graham¿s own exp

    Someday, Someday, Maybe is roughly based off of Graham’s own experiences trying to break into the New York acting scene during the 1990s. The characters grew as the book goes on, which you come to love them. I didn’t realize how much goes into the acting business till I started digging deeper into the book, and wow!
    Getting to know Franny is a real treat. Lauren definitely did her justice. Once you get to know Franny, you would be captivated into her journey. You really see Franny growing as the book goes on.
    A very enjoyable read, even if it took me awhile to enjoy it. It wasn’t something that got me right from go, but I am so glad I stuck it out! Lauren is amazing in her writing, like it could be ranked up there with her acting! I didn’t know about this book till I seen Lauren on Ellen and she was talking about her book.
    I truly enjoyed it, and I know you would to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Someday

    This book was a light read for anytime, I usually only have time to read when I lie down at bedtime. It may have been because I watched Gilmore Girls from debut to finale, I felt as if the book was written fast-paced like it. I did enjoy the book but it seemed to have taken awhile to obtain her goal, put it into action, and then when she did, bam! The book ended. I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Could not put it down, read it at the beach in 3 days! Loved i

    Could not put it down, read it at the beach in 3 days! Loved it, writing flows wonderfully!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Good beach/airplane book

    This book was totally predictable, but fully enjoyable. I read it on the airplane to/from New York City, and it was the perfect book to go with that destination. The main character is quick-witted and winsome, but I definitely wouldn't call it great literature. If you're someone who can enjoy a light, fluffy book, I recommend this one wholeheartedly (especially if you're a Lauren Graham fan, like me!).

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    Highly Recommended

    I loved the humor and how the book flowed. Very easy reading. Fun story line and of course you can give the main character the voice of Lauren, which gives the reading experience another level....Would read more, if she writes them....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Funny, great characters

    I feel like the story was just getting started at the end, and I found myself wanting to read more. She did a great job of really getting you hooked on Franny, but the storyline was a little sporatic. She goes off on random details, sometimes causing a distraction from the scene at hand. Good, easy read overall :)

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