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Publisher's Summary

Advice for graduates and reflections on staying true to yourself from the beloved Gilmore Girls actress and New York Times best-selling author of the memoir Talking as Fast as I Can and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe. 

"If you're not where you want to be on this day - don't worry about it. Because the spotlight aspect of life? That's not the satisfying part."  

In this expansion of her 2017 commencement speech at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham reflects in her hilarious, relatable voice on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. "Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing," she writes, "is that you keep finding joy in what you're doing, especially when the joy isn't finding you." 

She reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes you. "Whether you hope to be an actor or a politician or a mathematician, I've learned that empathy and kindness are your most valuable tools." Grounded and inspiring, this is Graham's road map to a happy life: "Be a fan, not a theater critic." 

©2018 Lauren Graham (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Too short

I absolutely love and adore Lauren graham. I preordered this thinking it was an ‘expanded’ version of the graduation speech. If I’d known it was only 28 minutes, I would not have purchased it for $7.85.

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Not the book

If I had known this was only 2 chapters and took less than 30 min I would not have wasted 7.85$buying the book. Really disappointed because I love Lauren graham!

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Bummed. Thought it was an actual book

Ok I LOVE Lauren Graham. So of course I love everything from her- but I totally thought this was a book! Lol

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#ChooseJoy ❤️

No, she doesn't sing or dance or do a bit. Look to Will Farrell for such a performance.

Lauren delivers timeless advice, not only for graduates, but for everyone - especially when in need of a positive perspective.

Will definitely come back to this one over and over again.

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Not a Book

Would you try another book from Lauren Graham and/or Lauren Graham?

Of course. Lauren is an excellent writer.This however was an essay, not a book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Too Short!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I like that Lauren is amusing and amazing.

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too short to pay full price

The message is good but wasnt worth the full book credit. wish I had been longer.

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Unexpected gem

I enjoyed listening to Lauren Graham. She was animated and descriptive. Easy to listen too. I really don't know what I was expecting, Lauren told a story about her life- living- real life real experience that was relatable. She was not barking in your face, instead a simple story that explained and portrayed the title of this book.

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Amazing

Lauren Graham is amazing again, she is an inspiration to everyone who looks up to her. she is a real person and if you enjoy any of her acting then you may just love her books. I love them all.

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quick listen

loved lauren, just wished that the book had more chapters. But, I get her point. It's a good listen for the "just graduating croud."

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Short, but good

I was looking forward to this book because anything by Lauren Graham is a must read for me! I have enjoyed her other two books, so even though this was only a short story based on a speech she gave, I knew I wanted to read it.

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