Someday, Someday, Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe

by Lauren Graham

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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

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.

Praise for Someday, Someday, Maybe
 

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345532749
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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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.


1. Why do you think the author chose to tell parts of the story through pages of Franny's Filofax planner? What elements does it add to the novel?

2. Is setting a deadline on your dream a good idea? Or is it unrealis­tic? Do you think it ultimately helped or hindered Franny's career?

3. Although he only appears as a recorded voice on the answering machine, Clark plays an important role in the story. What does his and Franny's back-up plan represent? What does his engagement force Franny to do?

4. For parts of the novel, Franny adapts to a situation by playing a character she is not. When is she being true to herself? When is she most happy?

5. Why didn't Franny sign with Barney Sparks? What would you have done in her position?

6. Franny appreciates the bridge on the D train because it helps her put things in perspective. Do you have a D train bridge in your life? What is it?

7. Do you agree with Franny's interpretation of love triangles on page 281?

8. Penelope and Franny have an interesting relationship through­out the novel. In what ways does it change? What does Penelope help Franny understand?

9. On page 307, the taxi driver remarks, "How'd it get this far and not go pop?" Why does this resonate with Franny? What could it represent in her life?

10. What does everyone else see in Franny that she doesn't see for herself?

11. On page 335, Franny's father tells her, "Imagine the best for yourself now and then, won't you, hon?" Discuss the importance of having a positive attitude, and how this changes for Franny.

12. The characters throughout the novel have their own individual takes on authenticity. What does it mean to James? How is that different from what it means to Dan, Franny, or Penny? VVhich defini­tion do you agree with? Is it possible to be authentic in an industry that is in itself an artificial craft?

13. How has Franny changed by the end of the novel? What were her most transforming moments? Who most strongly influenced her?

14. Of all the themes in the novel--dreams, hope, friendship, believ­ing in yourself, etc.--which did you find the most compelling? What do you think is the takeaway lesson of the book?

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Deidra_Simply_Books More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CandyCain More than 1 year ago
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.
Maddy77 More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
junebugOH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!! The characters were so real, I fell in love with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Franny Banks. She reminded me of Bridget Jones. She was very human and vulnerable. I will definitely read this again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty easy read. Took me longer than I thought it should have. Some parts seemed to slow down but the story did eventually pick up.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the Gilmore Girls, and I love Lauren Graham's humor. Maybe I still have Gilmore Girls heavy on the brain, but this book almost felt like I was reading what would have happened to Lorelai had she never gotten pregnant with Rory and instead moved to New York with dreams of being an actress. Franny's character was full of the fun and quirkiness that I love about Lorelai. Her whit along with her humorous ramblings when she's embarrassed or just feeling awkward will keep you giggling.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Franny Banks has always wanted to be an actress. But life in New York, does not provide all the glitz and glam she was hoping for. With pressure from herself, and her intellectual father, Franny wonders how much longer she should wait, before her dream comes true. Using a daily planner, Franny sets deadlines, writes down her goals, and works hard at trying to land her breakout role. This is a cute, funny story of how long should one person take to chase their dreams. How does one measure success, in a career that doesn’t come with pay raises and the normal stepping stones? Classic ninety’s technology and livelihood are at the forefront of this story, including pages from Franny’s planner. Yes, this is a light-hearted book, but it touches on some deeper issues twenty-somethings face. Notes: This review was written for Ariesgrl Book Reviews and My Sister's Books.
ccriley1 More than 1 year ago
Like every other reviewer, I think I have to preface this review with some cold, hard facts. 1. I loved Gilmore Girls. 2. I loved Parenthood. 3. I basically love all things Lauren Graham. 4. I can’t help it! She’s so cool! Now that that is out there, I feel like I can be more honest. I picked up this book originally because of the author’s name- of course. I ended up reading it because of the storyline. Young woman seeking to be successful in a creative field whilst dealing with all the normal distractions of everyday life. Young woman trying to be successful in a creative field when everyone around her is being successful in their normal day-to-day and she doubts herself. Young woman trying to cope with all of the visions of what success looks like and what women should look like. Young woman trying to find her way when the directions aren’t clear and a deadline is looming. Sounds familiar to me, and it seems to me that any young woman trying to make it in a creative life would feel the same sense of camaraderie with Francis Banks, the main character, that I did. Franny has moved to New York and is chasing her dream of being an actress, but her self-imposed deadline of three years (if she can’t make it in three years then she’s going home and leading a normal life) is fast approaching. Then things start going right. Then they go wrong again. And I realized as I was reading that no person’s path to creative or otherwise success is ever in a straight line. I loved Franny and rooted for her the entire time, even when I felt like she was being self-sabotaging, which is one of my pet peeves. Some of her lines really resonated with me, like: “I must work harder to achieve my goal of not seeking approval from those whose approval I'm not even sure is important to me.” And “Once again, I've been thwarted by the massive difference between my vision of the successful me and the me I'm currently stuck with.” The cast of characters alongside her were funny and real, and I was rooting for them as well. I had ultimately prepared myself to be disappointed in this book. I had picked it up a few too many times and not purchased it for whatever reason. The universe seemed to not want me to read it. But I’m really glad I did. It was a delightful, easy read that left me feeling warm and fuzzy. And, not to give anything away, I have to say that I loved the ending. All the important loose ends were tied up, but not in a pretty bow. I felt that the book left me with hope, and that’s all I really needed. Hope for the future. Hope for what’s to come. Hope that a new deadline will be the right deadline. Hope that changed plans are just that, changed plans, not failures. So much hope. 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters Easy and entertaing read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time! I loved Franny - she's the perfect combination of funny, strong, an vulnerable! Hope Lauren writes another contnuing her story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who is Lauren Graham? ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of Franny reflects personality of author. Was a fun read and looking forward to reading the next book by Lauren Graham.
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This is a book I would recommend for anyone who wants a good book to read!
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guacamoleNYC More than 1 year ago
I love Lauren Graham and I'm liking the characters she has in her book. I'm glad I finally bought it.
KatelynRose More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a refreshing read! It didn't sound like Lorelai Gilmore. Franny was funny in her own way. It was entertaining to read someone struggling to meet their goals. Everyone has a picture of how their life is supposed to look at a given time, and so that is why this story is so relatable. Franny struggles with knowing when to "throw in the towel" when it comes to her acting career.  I adored Franny and how she was unsure about herself. Read it. 
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