Fans of Gilmore Girls know that Lauren Graham has impeccable comedic timing. For seven seasons, she played Lorelai Gilmore, delivering rapid speeches with healthy doses of snark effortlessly. I thought I might have trouble separating the character of Franny from Lorelai. In seeing Lauren Graham in other roles, it seems that bits of Lorelai peek out, as if Lorelai is a fabric of her being. Logically I knew they were two different characters, but I've not read many books by people that have made the jump from acting to writing, so for a moment I wondered if I would be able to see Franny just as Franny without the Lorelai influence. It helped that Franny is only a few years out of college, living in New York and childless. In other words, she was no Lorelai, though I found myself wishing she was just a little more like her.
While I give Graham an E for effort, Franny Banks just isn't as interesting as she might have been. There were no laugh out loud moments for me, but I wasn't bored by the book. It was one of those take it or leave it reads. I would have liked to have seen more interactions between Franny and her best friend/roommate, Jane, who seemed like the perfect blend of smart and quirky. Franny's interactions with their third roommate, Dan, were predictable and I don't think anyone reading the book will be surprised. Overall, it was a solid first effort.
Published: April 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.
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