Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Title:Someday, Someday, Maybe
Author:Lauren Graham
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 358
Genre: Contemporary
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

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. [Goodreads]

After finishing all episodes of Gilmore Girls, and enjoying it, I thought I’d try reading Graham’s novel, Someday Someday Maybe.  (Funnily enough I was very close to ordering this book a few years back).

Fran is still trying to find her big break in NYC and her deadline of three years is almost over. She’s awkward, nervous and self-conscious. She has to please an agent, a director, her fellow acting class members. And she’s constantly in battle with herself internally. Fran over-analyses everything, which is realistic but very dense to read, and then her thoughts would jump everywhere and anywhere they wanted. It became overwhelming and difficult to read. I had to take frequent breaks from the novel because I had to focus so hard when reading it.

Several pages were filled with Fran’s filofax with scribbles and doodles, which were a nice touch and a good way to break down the heavy text, though easy to flick through and ignore.

The romance is breezy and easy, and predictable. Their interaction was probably the only thing that managed to get me through, with their banter similar to Lorelai and Luke’s relationship in Gilmore Girls.

Not a lot happens, yet stuff does kinda happen.

My rating:

It was okay

2 cups

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