Title: Someday, Someday, Maybe
Author: Lauren Graham
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Franny Banks is trying to make it as an actress in New York City in 1995, and so far, she hasn’t been much of a success at it. So she’s given herself six months. Six months to get that dream part, six months to not have to ask her dad for money again, six months before she accepts that acting isn’t for her, goes home, and marries her high school sweetheart. Will Franny find the success she’s hoping for, or will she part ways with New York and her dreams of acting?
Like pretty much every other woman, I loved Lauren Graham on the TV show Gilmore Girls. She was smart, funny, and incredibly witty, delivering one-liners and quips like they were made for her. So when I heard that she was writing a novel, I was excited, but immediately some hesitation cropped up: how much of Graham’s humor was her own, and how much was invented by the writers of her show? Would her first novel be a triumph, or would it fall flat, the victim of high expectations?
When I opened Someday, Someday, Maybe and first got to know Franny, I had my answer. This is a smart and sweet novel with an incredible main character. Franny is unique and wonderful; I imagine she’s a version of Graham at that age. She’s down to earth, and while she’s a talented actress, she’s realistic about how difficult it’s been and how she doesn’t know if she can keep on going. Over the course of the novel, Franny will become a close friend, an intimate, and readers will desperately hope that she’ll find the recognition she deserves.
Graham includes a lot of information about the acting process in Someday, Someday, Maybe. Readers interested in this field should definitely read this book; it’s interesting (if sad) to see what Franny goes through. Additionally, the discussion about the difference between Franny’s acting classes and what she faces in the real world at auditions is fascinating, as is watching Franny get into character. I absolutely loved the way she was written and her reasons for acting, as well as her commentary on how ridiculous the business can be.
Though Someday, Someday, Maybe has a few rough edges—secondary character development and some writing issues—it’s a great debut novel for any writer, which is refreshing. While Graham does have celebrity status, it’s a solid novel and it’s clear that her book deal didn’t come from her name alone. Franny’s a wonderful character, and her witty commentary will have you chuckling from beginning to end.