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Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mia 05-01-13
    Mia 05-01-13 Member Since 2017
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    "If you love Lauren Graham get this"
    Would you try another book from Lauren Graham and/or Lauren Graham?

    Yes. With a stricter editor.


    Would you recommend Someday, Someday, Maybe to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. A romantic comedy for your ears. Some chapters reminds me more of a memoir than fiction.


    What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Herself.


    Could you see Someday, Someday, Maybe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-05-13
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A Fun read"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie E. O'Neill 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Who doesn't love Lauren Graham?"

    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!)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Grider 05-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the performance!"
    What did you love best about Someday, Someday, Maybe?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 05-14-13
    Kim 05-14-13
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    "Love Lauren Graham!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's funny light and well written for a first novel.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Graham? Why or why not?

    Definitely! I laughed out loud at the character interactions and self deprecating main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Enjoyed her relationship with her best friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    General self realization.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Robinson States 10-18-13
    E. Robinson States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't disappoint"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Franny's interactions with her father were sweet, funny and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope she continues with Franny's story. There's definitely more to be said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kath Danvers, MA, United States 10-16-13
    Kath Danvers, MA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "How can you not love a book by Lauren Graham?"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    San Diego Chica CA 09-21-13
    San Diego Chica CA 09-21-13
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    "So good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 06-15-13
    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 06-15-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Missing Lorelei"

    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!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 05-12-13
    Catherine 05-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "More Please!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Matthewman
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    "Warm, funny take on the life of a struggling actor"
    Where does Someday, Someday, Maybe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Graham? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    She's given herself three years to make it as an actor. Maybe this time…


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shona Booky Ramblings Lawrence
    Corby, Northants
    11/4/17
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    "Fantastic book to slip into"

    I picked up the audio version of this book, I've been eyeing the book for a while and opted for the audio version because it was recorded by Lauren Graham herself. Im a bit of a fan, I loved her in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. However i quickly realised that listening to Graham reading was a mistake... I couldn't help but picture Lorelai instead of Franny in the scenes. And it took me a while to shake off the ghost of Lorelai and let Franny tell her tale.

    To begin with it felt a little Bridget Jones' Diary-esque, in the way that she mentions her Filofax pages as a way to mark the passing of time, but that was about where the comparisons ended.

    I liked Franny almost immediately, but again that may be because to begin with my brain was seeing another character in her place. At times she felt so very naive and oblivious to the "definitely not boyfriend material" even when he makes it pretty obvious he'd like to be considered for that role... and the charming guy from acting class was so far up his own behind its a wonder he actually manages to see anyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • seral
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    "very dissapointed..."

    Was some funny moments, but storyline was a great disappointment. expected more. inflated balloon scenario.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pod
    9/17/17
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    "A real cliche that ends without a solid conclusion"
    Would you try another book written by Lauren Graham or narrated by Lauren Graham?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Someday, Someday, Maybe to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they like the sound of Lauren Graham's voice, maybe.


    What about Lauren Graham’s performance did you like?

    That it was read by the author.


    Did Someday, Someday, Maybe inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to Lauren Graham's autobiography just before this book definitely "cheapened" the experience for me, as a lot of the situations and characters are mentioned in that, just with different names. It definitely felt like she wrote both books at the same time.

    Also the book just finishes without a real conclusion, other than the massive cliche of "she got together with the shy guy from her apartment that liked her all along". Meh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny Murkin
    3/13/17
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    "Love love love it- just need more!"

    Brilliant story, well narrated. Just wish it was longer/ there was a sequel I could start immediately. I could have listened to it forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs S.
    2/3/17
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    "Great!"

    Really great book. Story was engaging and flowed really nicely. Couldn't stop listening and blitzed the book really quickly, which was disappointing when it ended as it was so good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJ
    1/30/17
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    "Excellent, really enjoyed it!"
    What did you like most about Someday, Someday, Maybe?

    It was easy to listen to and the fact that Lauren Graham read it made it even better!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    Ireland
    1/30/17
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    "Practice practice practice "

    It's clear early on that the writing improves markedly with every chapter. The content and story itself far exceeded my expectations, surprisingly perspicacious for a debut short novel about a struggling young actress. Witty and warm. Looking forward to more from Lauren Graham.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diarmaid Ó Fatharta
    1/15/17
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    "A story worth reading AND hearing! "

    Read the book and audio is just as entertaining! Lauren Graham brings the story to life in a way a lot of other narrators couldn't, and I couldn't stop laughing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma-Rose
    11/29/16
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    "amazing."

    lauren graham is a wonderful writter as well as actress.
    i am now excited to read her new book, Talking As Fast As I Can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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