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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2013 Lauren Graham; 2013 Random House Audio
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yes. With a stricter editor.
Yes. A romantic comedy for your ears. Some chapters reminds me more of a memoir than fiction.
Mom who enjoys history, mysteries and emotional dramas.
Yes, it's funny light and well written for a first novel.
Definitely! I laughed out loud at the character interactions and self deprecating main character.
Enjoyed her relationship with her best friend.
General self realization.
A long time fan of Lauren Graham, I was a little nervous that her writing wouldn't live up to my hopes... but the fear was unwarranted. Although there are some portions of the ending that were pretty easy to see coming, the road to them was very entertaining.
I feel sorry of folks reading this book in print - Lauren's voice is the only voice that should read these words. She is a serious actress who you know doesn't take herself too seriously.
I hope for more books, either continuing the story of Fannie, or introducing us to new characters. Be prepared while listening with your ear buds firmly in place, if you're in public you may embarrass yourself by laughing out loud.
You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.
I was doing one of my random selection of books to read when I bought this. I had no idea what to expect frankly, but this turned out to be quite a fun and light read. The plot and the story itself isn't that deep, but there are sever quite hilarious scenes. However, there w3re some times when I wasn't quite sure where one person finished speaking and the next began, though I think it's more due to the format of the book than the narrater. The narrator suits this read. She's funny and could capture the way the MC speaks and I thought her sound affects all adds to the listening experience.
Should you read this? Well, if you are looking for a book to have a laugh and are purely wanting for some entertainment, then yes. It's a fun book to relax with, but lack any hardcore plot twists and developments like in the authors I usually like reading.
Never without an audible book on my phone!
Certainly not the greatest of literature, but what can I say, I love Lauren Graham. It was so nice to hear the Lorelei voice of the Gilmore Girls come through as opposed to her character on Parenthood. This was a sweet, entertaining story about a young actress trying to get that big break. I would love to know how much of it was autobiographical and how much was made up. I will miss Graham's voice on my IPhone now that the story is over!
I love Lauren Graham's reading of her book. I'm not sure I would like this as much to read myself, but I love listening to it. She is an excellent performer and I am thoroughly enjoying the book--I only have a tiny bit left and I just downloaded it yesterday. Definitely recommend it!
Franny is my favorite character because you see her struggle, you see her insecurities, yet you see her strength too. I love that she can laugh at herself, because who of us doesn't do that, or at least need to do that? She's someone I would love to be friends with.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Is it a perfect work of literary art? No, but nothing ever is, and it's hard not to be charmed by the author and her engaging style. It kept me entertained during my long LA commute, and I found myself listening to it outside of the car, because I couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story. My only complaint is that it went by too fast and left me wanting more. (Lauren, I hope you're writing a sequel - we need to see what comes next for Franny!)
I enjoyed the fact that the story takes place in the 1990s - there are so many quirky problems that having a smartphone clears up and I think it would have been a shame if the 'easy fix' of technology was present in this story.
I don't think I would have caught everything I caught without Graham's narration. This is her story and she knows better than anyone what to emphasize.
Franny's interactions with her father were sweet, funny and moving.
I hope she continues with Franny's story. There's definitely more to be said.
Loved this book.
My daughter and I are die hard Lauren Graham fans. We love her in every tv show, movie, or guest appearances. When I saw that she both wrote and read this book, I had to give it a try. It's a great story and the performance was awesome. I hated to see the book end.
I would recommend this book and already have given it away as a gift. I plan to give it out more! It's heartwarming, smart & funny all at once.
I laughed AND teared up at various parts of the book. Graham does an awesome voice-over, and has written lovable characters, realistic situations and fun, engaging dialogue.
"Warm, funny take on the life of a struggling actor"
It's great – quite a bit shorter than most of the books I tend to read, but I was in the mood for something lighter and shorter, and it fit the bill perfectly.
I'd definitely listen to more stuff either by, or just read by, Lauren Graham again. She has a bone-dry delivery, matched by her writing, that allows both humour and pathos to come through.
There's an inherent advantage to the author reading their own work anyway – you hear the dialogue in the voices, and with the cadences, that best deliver the humorous or the romantic lines without risk of misinterpretation.But Graham being a now-successful actress who would have been at the point of her career where Franny is in the mid-90s adds additional levels. Not only can we choose to believe that there is an element of autobiography in there (whether there is or is not), we know that, at the very least, the situations in which Franny finds herself are real. And that makes her more real to us as a result.
She's given herself three years to make it as an actor. Maybe this time…
In print, there are visual depictions of the heroine Franny's Filofax diary, which break up the narrative at key points. It took me a while to discover that Audible places a PDF version of those pages in your library (they've since added a note to the book's description to this effect) – it's worth keeping them to hand so that you can read them at the appropriate points.
"A cracking contemporary read"
Stunning from beginning to end! Great for fans of funny, heartfelt books. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will love this. Graham creates credible characters that you really root for and, in Frannie Banks, I've found a new favourite. She is flawed, funny and fabulous.
"I love Lauren Graham"
Lauren herself narrating.
Yes if they like Lauren as much as I do. She is very funny.
Yes, I think the idea of keeping your eyes on your own paper is brilliant and something we should all be reminded of.
"An easy listen"
Yes, quite an easy listen, chick lit for the ears! She's quite a pleasant narrator too.
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