As a HUGE fan of Gilmore Girls, I can’t deny how excited I was to read Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. This is my second Random House Review for April and to be honest I was a little scared to choose it. I thought: what if it doesn’t live up to my expectations? What if it doesn’t remind me of Gilmore Girls? What if I hate it?
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a light read with fantastic writing and an incredible message. It didn’t disappoint me one bit! And may I just say that the dialogue is WONDERFUL — real, believable, and witty. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with every single character in this novel. Although I have never wanted to be an actress, I felt truly connected to Franny Banks and her BIG DREAMS mentality. I love her vulnerability, her tough bravado, her smarts, her insecurities, and all of her faults. She is a character that I will never forget.
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.
I learned a lot about myself from reading this novel, about realizing my own dreams and potential. I learned about the importance of being true to yourself, to working hard, and to letting your heart guide you. My heart swelled when one of the characters said something similar to what my father always tells me:
…just the act of repetition itself–will bring enlightenment…the idea that quantity becomes quality. I always took it to mean that if you do anything enough, if you keep putting effort in, eventually something will happen…You don’t have to have faith when you start out, you just have to dedicate yourself to practice as if you have it.”
I would recommend this book to anyone who aspires to do anything, anyone who has a dream, anyone who loves Gilmore Girls, and anyone who is looking for a book that will make you smile. I would recommend it any anyone who wants to smile on this gloomy Wednesday!
Someday, Someday, Maybe comes out on April 30th, 2013 — BE AWARE that if you pre-order you can take part in Lauren Graham’s Pre-order Video Chat! All of the details can be found here – the chat will be taking place on Monday April 29th, so save your pre-order number!
** Synopsis from the Random House of Canada Website **
** Quote from page 312 of Someday, Someday, Maybe **