Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a book that is by Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls.  I have to say, I picked this book based on the cover (I love the Brooklyn Bridge) and the fact that Lauren wrote it more so on the plot of the book.

The book follows Franny, who is living in Brooklyn and trying to make it an an actress.  She has created a deadline for herself when she will move on from her dream and try something more practical.  She lives with her best friend Jane and another roomie, Dan.  He left med school to become an aspiring sci-fi novel writer.

The book is funny, though at times seemed to go on forever.  I liked following Franny’s life, from her waitress and catering jobs to her acting classes and how awkward she was at auditions and on set because she was so new to this acting world.

Meanwhile, she ends up dating this guy from her class she really likes, all while stuff starts going on with her roomie Dan (he was engaged, but isn’t any longer) and she really can’t decide if it is a love triangle (or maybe some other shape) or what her feelings are for anyone until she goes to her first big premiere as James’ “date”.

Overall it was a good book, funny and interesting – and it takes place in 1995 – so it was interesting to see a time before cell phones with old answering machines that had tape and references to songs like the Macarena.  How could you be a working aspiring actress without a smart phone!?

I received an e-copy of this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood,comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

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