Monday, April 29, 2013

#BookReview: Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham

Franny Banks could be the next big thing...someday, someday, maybe.  For now, she's a struggling actress taking classes and working a waitressing gig where her boss takes the job more seriously than the Secret Service.  Initially, Franny gave herself a three year deadline to make it in New York.  With two years and six months behind her, she only has six months to prove to herself that she has what it takes to become an actress.

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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