Someday, Someday, Maybe
By Lauren Graham
Ballantine Books, 2013
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works. Meanwhile, she dreams of doing "important" work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It's hard to tell if she'll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won't call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.
Yes! It's by Lauren Graham! That Lauren Graham. From Gilmore Girls!
I'm normally not a big fan of Celebrity Books, but I know that Lauren Graham is SMART and she rocks. Also, she majored in English, so she has some cred. I tried to figure out if she used a ghostwriter for this one, but I couldn't find any information on that anywhere. So I'm hoping it's legit because overall, I liked this book.
Franny was a bit unsure of herself, and normally I like strong female characters who don't take any crap from people like James. I think Dan could have been a bit more developed and played a bigger, more romantic role in the story. Perhaps there will be a sequel in which he is featured more? I would read that, for sure. Also, Franny never called anyone back. I understand that she didn't want to call until she had good news, but SERIOUSLY. It's your FATHER. Sometimes I kinda wanted to shake her.
I'm glad the book ended on a happy note, and boy do I wish the screen on my nook was bigger so I could have seen the Filofax pages better. Those were a nice touch. Great job, Lauren Graham!
*Note* This book would be ok for most teens. Minimal swearing, sex scenes (insinuated, but no detail.)