4/30/13

Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham

I never thought I'd dive into the world of e-books, never thought I'd actually read a full book on an electronic device, but I did.  And am I ever glad that I picked Lauren Graham's debut novel as my first foray into the world of iPad reading!

I have a tendency to shy away from books that are written by celebrities.  If an actor is talented at his or her craft, this talent doesn't necessarily translate into writing fiction.  I think that sometimes actors get picked up to write a book, simply because it'll sell well because of who they ARE, not necessarily how they WRITE.  (Note: this doesn't apply to ALL actor writers, but I've just noticed that celebrity books aren't necessarily the best-written).  Lauren Graham, however, CAN WRITE and tell a really, really good story.

It was hard not to imagine her as Rory's mom from Gilmore Girls while reading this book, even though it's fiction and not a memoir of Lauren's foray into the world of acting.  The way Franny Banks talks, and her brand of snark, was just SO Lorelei Gilmore that I just went with it, and imagined her as the lead character while reading.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is the story of Franny Banks who is struggling to make it as an actress in New York City.  She's given herself a deadline of three years to make it, or she'll re-evaluate and change her career goals.  The book opens with six months until her deadline, and things are not going according to plan. What follows is her heartfelt and amusing journey through auditions and agent hunting, as well as friendship and love.

The day planner pages of Franny's Filofax are also scattered throughout the book.  This was a cute touch, although Franny's handwriting is a little difficult to read at times.  One final word of caution: the book takes a little while to get going, but once it's going it's hard to put down.  If you choose to read this in e-format, make sure your reader is fully charged by the time you reach the three-quarter mark or you'll end up like me, crouched on the floor with the reader plugged into the wall, anxious to finish those last ten pages, even though my iPad's battery was completely drained.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and found myself laughing out loud quite a few times.  The love story is perfectly told, and Franny's friends are quirky and entertaining.  Someday, Someday, Maybe will make a fantastic beach read, so add this one to your summer TBR list!

Note: I received an e-galley of this book from Netgalley.  The fact that I received this book for review did not influence my review of this book in any way.

8 comments:

  1. This sound like a good book and love the beautiful cover:) Want to read this one day:)

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    1. The cover is gorgeous, hey? Hope you like it too!

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  2. Ohhh I can't wait to read this one!! I am a huge fan of Lauren Graham's and I'm so glad to hear that this book wasn't a huge let-down! (Because I agree - just because you're an actor doesn't mean you're also a writer!)

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    1. It's so nice to not be disappointed when you're bracing yourself for it, hey? I hope you like this one too!

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  3. ha! I am picturing you in a corner desperately charging your eReader. This is me with my phone a lot. (I've started carrying my chargers everywhere... haha) I'm so glad you liked this but also pointed out the slow beginning. I think the eBook version was just NOT great for the quirky notebook details and I'm looking forward to seeing it in the store. EEE!

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    1. Ha ha -- I should have got my husband to take a picture ;)

      I totally agree with you, and I'm looking forward to checking out the print version to see if the handwriting issue is better! And I hear you on the phone, mine is ALWAYS dead -- I think it's time for an upgrade since it's super old.

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  4. Like Estelle, I laughed picturing you huddled in the corner and trying to charge your iPad so you could keep reading. I felt the same way when I was close to finishing - I was racing along and couldn't put it down! I LOVED this one, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it :) Also, I have a print copy now and the calendar detail are much better and even more endearing!

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    1. Ha ha -- I was glad it was only ten pages left ... a rather awkward position to be reading in! I'm glad to hear that the calendar details are better in the print copy, since it was such a cute idea =)

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