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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren GrahamSomeday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham ( tweet )
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 352
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: NYC in the 90s, acting, success
Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!)

Summary: Franny always dreamed of being an actress (preferably working in the theatre). After college, she sets a three-year goal to make it in the entertainment industry in New York City. With six months left to get the ball rolling, Franny’s not sure she’s any closer to making her big break.

There’s a certain amount of trepidation when a celebrity writes a book. Especially a celebrity you really like: one you’ve seen in both her hit television shows and singing and dancing on Broadway. As an extension of your fandom, you want to like everything else they do. Right? But the fear! The fear!

Friends, I tell you: fear not and get your hands on a copy of Someday, Someday, Maybe as soon as you can.

It’s hard to hack it in New York City. And no one knows that better than Franny. Sometimes the city can feel oh-so magical, and other times it can chew you up and spit you out. With six months left to go in her self-created goal to become an actress, her “big break” comes unexpectedly when she messes up her scene in a showcase for her acting class. Soon she has an agent (although maybe he’s not the perfect fit), and a spot on a TV show (even though there’s no air date), and James Franklin, an actor who has had actual roles in movies (!!), is looking her way.

This is SO happening, right?

Well, kind of. Graham shapes a really great story around a 27-year old who doesn’t have it all figured out. One minute her phone is ringing with opportunities and other times it’s like they forgot her number. She thinks about going home and being an English teacher (like her dad) or finally settling down in the suburbs with Clark (her sort of boyfriend). She bumps into other friends who are her age and successful while she’s working some crummy part-time job to pay her rent. There aren’t enough books written about people in their late 20s who may not be on a straight and narrow path, and I really appreciated how Franny could strike gold one day and be flailing the next. (So relatable!)

Set in 1990, every few chapters begin with a glimpse into Franny’s datebook (cheese puffs, call backs, rent checks, a tally of margaritas drank in a night) and messages left on her answering machine (some of the best are from her adorable dad).  There are also a few tongue-in-cheek NYC jokes that made me giggle. Best of all, though, were her roommates: best friend from college, Jane, who was the kind of friend who nicknamed all of Franny’s boyfriends and could tell her she’s watching too much Leeza (do you remember that show?) and Dan, an engaged guy and budding writer, quietly working on some science fiction while sipping a beer. We never get to spend an unbelievable amount of time with either (it was so well-balanced) but I loved how close you could see Jane and Franny were, and ya know, for some reason, I kept on rooting for the endearing Dan who had much more in common with Franny than she realized.

When I first started the book, I did struggle with the fact that it was so heavy into the acting. How am I going to relate to this? I thought. But pretty soon after that, Someday, Someday, Maybe, came to be about so much more. When we are little kids we are taught we can be anything, but I don’t think the reality hits that maybe that won’t come true or it’s harder than we think until we are knee deep in it. Not to mention the discovery that not everyone takes the same path. There really is no right one, no matter how many naysayers you encounter. It’s really nice to have a book that explores that other side.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is so charming, so authentic, and so special.

Also I dare you to read this without picturing Franny as Lauren Graham. Go ahead. I, indeed, failed this challenge.

Note: I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any better?

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May 4, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - LOVEEEEEEEE! I bookmarked this when you posted it but waited to read it until after I’d written my review 🙂

Seriously, love this book and loved chatting about it with you! <3

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April 5, 2013 - 5:29 am

VeganYANerds - Ahhhh! I am SO glad that this is good, I tend to stay away from celeb novels, too, but this is one I plan on reading… maybe I will even wait and buy it in NYC – seems appropriate!

April 5, 2013 - 5:20 am

Lori - Just started this last night and now I’m even more excited to dive into it! I’m already picturing Franny as Lauren Graham too…

April 4, 2013 - 11:22 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - THIS BOOK. When I first discovered it, I saw that the author was Lauren Graham and immediately started Googling, because surely it wasn’t THE Lauren Graham. But lo and behold, it was! I have never clicked the “to-read” button with so much glee! I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds wonderful. I adore the cover. I had no idea Jennifer E. Smith was the editor, but that’s fantastic! Everything about it makes me want to read it. Definitely getting my hands on this one as soon as possible after it comes out!

(Also, I will TOTALLY fail at the not-seeing-Lauren-Graham challenge. I know this already, LOL.)

April 3, 2013 - 8:36 pm

daphne - i have this from netgalley as well and i was kind of on the fence about even reading it, but i think i will now. great review.

April 3, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I’ve really been looking forward to this review! I was so excited when I found out that Lauren Graham wrote a book, and even more excited when you said it was great. I do think that maybe the acting element would be off-putting at first, as it was for you, but otherwise this sounds exactly like my kind of read.

April 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Ooh this sounds really good! (Also, that cover is GORGEOUS.) I’m all for books set in the city and the characters sound great.

April 3, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Kimmy - I’ve already preordered this book! I love Lauren Graham and think this book sounds great. Your review got me even more excited to read this one!

April 3, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Annie - This sounds amazing! I love books set in NYC, and I love books about acting! I think this book and I will get along just fine. 😉 Awesome review!

April 3, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Ellice - Yay, your review made me even more excited for this book– I definitely had that “oh no, one of my fave celebs wrote a book… what if I don’t like it?!” fear. Even though I LOVE reading YA books, it will be nice to read about a character who is my age. Thanks for the awesome review! 🙂

April 3, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I got this on Netgalley because it sounded cute, but I have had the same reservations you did. I’m so glad you liked it, and now I can’t wait to read it!

April 3, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Kayla Elizabeth - Literally just got an ecopy of this this morning and nearly wet myself. I am so excited to get started with this. Lauren Graham writing a novel… how perfect is that?

April 3, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is next on my TBR – I’ve got an eARC and I am ridonkulously excited after your review. Thanks for doing it so early, I can’t wait to read it!

April 3, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really, really want to read this book! It sounds like a coming-of-age story for older people (in a way), and I really think that it’s going to strike a chord with me. I love that it’s about an aspiring actress too, and that it’s set in NYC. This is definitely going to be a fun read!

April 3, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love that this is a coming of age but new adult book at the same time. Seriously – this sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing the review of a book I wouldn’t have given a second thought about otherwise!

April 3, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Cynthia - Oh this one sounds great and I don’t even read adult books but I’ll definitely be adding this one to my list. I’m actually thinking of starting to read a few adult books every now and then, you can’t live off of YA forever can you? I need to spice it up a little and start with some great adult fiction. =) Will definitely look forward to this one and I’m so glad it wasn’t a disappointment to you especially being a fan of the writer/actress.

April 3, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Wait, you saw Lauren Graham on Broadway?? JEALOUS.

Leeza Gibbons! Hahaha. I can’t wait to read this. And you are SO right about there not being enough books about people in their late 20s who didn’t take the straight path to success. Great review, Estelle.

April 3, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Bonnie - I loved her in Gilmore Girls and had been so tempted by this book but wasn’t sure… I’m so glad to hear that you loved it though! Definitely adding this to my TBR now. 🙂
Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits

April 3, 2013 - 11:58 am

Tara - I remember chatting with you about this book. I think I definitely need to pick up a copy. Or should I watch GG first? (I know, I never watched it)

April 3, 2013 - 11:25 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Yay, I’m so glad that this book was awesome. I was a little nervous because like you I’m a huge Lauren Graham fan and want her to be successful at everything. I’m so excited to read this book soon, it sounds adorable and you are right, there are not enough books about people in their 20’s trying to make it in the real world. I love seeing something that is relatable to me. Great review!

April 3, 2013 - 9:44 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Wow, great review. I had zero desire to read this (I don’t really like Lauren Graham, I know, I’m weird), but now I can’t wait. Thanks!

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