Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

I’ve been a terrible blogger these past few weeks. Somehow vacation threw me off my schedule and it’s taking me awhile to get back into it. It’s Wednesday, which means I usually do a Bookish Thought post, but I’m three book reviews behind, which leads me into this book review.

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Someday, Someday, Maybe is the first (and currently only) fictional work written by one Lauren Graham (yes the Gilmore). I love her as an actress and probably squealed a little when I saw that she had written a book. Someday is about Franny Banks, a struggling actress in New York City in the mid-nineties. You follow Franny, a young woman somewhere in her mid-twenties, as she struggles and journeys through finding yourself, finding love, and of course finding acting jobs. (Goodreads link)

The Writing

I thought Graham’s writing was good; I enjoyed it, but it really was in the middle. Not bad, but not quite amazing either. And that’s okay because I couldn’t imagine this kind of story written any other way. Plus, it’s written during the nineties, so there are some slight differences between then and now. I could hardly tell that it was written only a few years ago.

“Today is the day you have to start believing in yourself. No one can do it for you anymore.”

The Characters

I thought Franny was very well written. She’s charming, funny, and loves her family and friends. She has a good head on her shoulders, yet she’s following her dream and doesn’t want to give up. She gave herself a deadline and doesn’t stop working for her dream until the last minute.

Her best friend Jane isn’t someone that stuck in mind except that she’s a great friend to Franny and is very supportive. Then there’s Dan, someone that seems to always be not he periphery yet it becomes clear is an important part of Franny’s life. I think of Dan as someone who would be really good at being a rock, a solid foundation.

And there are all the other characters that come through, including that charming guy in the acting class, who for the life of me I cannot remember his name, that go to show that Franny is one of the good ones. It’s also a big reminder that you can’t compare yourself to others too much or you’ll be constantly disappointed. You have to just continually make yourself a better person.

“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.”

The Plot

The plot wasn’t exactly amazing, but then again it’s about a struggling actress in the nineties. Her biggest obstacles are those she creates for herself. There are some external ones that make it more interesting. Either way, I was rooting for Franny the whole time; her deadline came and went, but she didn’t quite give up and so things started to look better towards the end. The story was very cute and charming, a huge part because of Franny, and while it wasn’t exactly amazing, I still thought it had its own uniqueness about it.

“Don’t tell stories of a job you almost got. Learn from a loss and don’t dwell on it. Move on.’ ”

Things I Disliked

However, there is one thing that I didn’t like. The ending. I understood that it was left open-ended to show that anything could happen, but it was so unsatisfying! I’ve read some stories that are left slightly open, but were still satisfying. I was left feeling frustrated. I’m trying to not let that take away from the rest of the story.

So, have you read this novel? Do you want to? Tell me! :)

XO Nicole

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

  1. So glad you reviewed this! I want to read it, but really only because I love Lauren Graham (the story doesn’t interest me all that much, to be honest). Your review was basically exactly my initial impression of the book haha :)

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    • Thanks! Yeah, the story sounded cute when I picked it up, but I actually wanted there to be more ‘wisdom’ (if that’s the right word) for someone in their twenties and not sure what they’re doing, etc. It was at least an entertaining read :)

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  2. I saw the title and immediately said – Lauren Graham I know that novel. So I love Lauren Graham, or at times I think it’s that I love Lorelei Gilmore so I said, I have to read this.
    I definitely found her voice to be similar to “Lorelei’s” sort of snarky, sassy and real. But I agree, the book as a whole left me wanting and I’m not a fan of the opened ended, ending. (Not to say that I like a neatly tied up ending either.)
    She is coming out with a new book. Talking as Fast as I can – gilmore inspired.. We’ll have to read and compare notes.
    – taf

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    • I think sometimes it’s more Lorelei than Lauren too :)
      Yes! I have that book on my list, I think it comes out sometime this year :)

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  3. Looks interesting! I’ll definitely add it to my TBR list. The whole entertainment field has been interesting me lately and to have a book about the common struggles of finding a job will be a nice read.

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