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.
I have to admit that I’m not that familiar with Lauren Graham. I’ve heard of her, but I haven’t watched Parenthood, Bad Santa or Gilmore Girls. I understand she has a huge fan base though. It’s always interesting to read a book by an actor, especially when the book’s protagonist is an actor trying to make her way in the business. I wonder if any of it is autobiographical?
As mentioned, the novel follows an inspiring actress, Franny Banks, a woman in her mid-twenties who has given herself a deadline to make it in acting. All she seems to get is auditions for commercials. She struggles to pay her way in New York and to hold down a job as well as audition for everything that comes up.
I thought Someday, Someday, Maybe was a really enjoyable read. It was relatable in the way that many people of Franny’s age and either younger or older are struggling with what comes next in their life, many are struggling to meet their own personal goals without becoming completely disillusioned. I enjoyed the characters. Franny was a fun character. She was incredibly likeable. I really liked her friend Jane as well. Their close friendship was portrayed beautifully. Jane reminded me of my best friend. I thought Dan, Franny and Jane’s roommate was completely adorable.
I would class Someday, Someday, Maybe as a chick-lit read, but it’s not your average chick-lit. The romances are in the novel, but they’re not integral to the storyline. I didn’t really buy into the romances, but I think this is because they weren’t a main focus in the story. It wasn’t imperative to believe the romances to enjoy the book. The focus is mainly on Franny and how she grows as the novel progresses. I liked how it was focussed on the struggles an actor goes through when they’re trying to make it. It was full of funny scenes including the auditions, the experiences of having an agent, misunderstandings and plenty of “Is this my moment?” minutes.
I think if I had any criticism of this book it would be that nothing major really happens. It plods along nicely, and it’s easy to read, but I didn’t have any ‘Wow’ moments when I was reading it. Lauren Graham does write well though, I’d be interested to read anything else that she writes.
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