This book was kindly sent to me for review by the lovely people at Penguin Australia.
Written by actress Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood), Someday, Someday, Maybe tells the story of Franny Banks, an aspiring actress who is broke, working as a waitress and nowhere near getting a decent acting gig. She dreams of a serious Broadway role, and as her money runs out she gives herself a deadline of six months. Six months to make it in New York City as an actress, or she’ll move back home to marry her college boyfriend and forget the acting thing.
Set in the nineties, it’s easy to imagine Franny Banks as a young Lauren Graham in the nineties. Franny isn’t the archetypal blonde actress, she’s the curly haired comedienne, who manages to catch a break when she gets signed to an agent after her acting class showcase. A few small commercials come her way and things seem like they’re looking up. However, a few small commercials don’t give Franny the big break she’s looking for. As her deadline looms and no more work appears, Franny embarks on a relationship with an up and coming actor from her class while auditioning and auditioning and auditioning. Her roommates Jane and Dan provide moral support and the voice of reason when Franny’s desperation for an acting job leads her to consider some less than desirable roles, and as she strikes up a friendship with Dan, sparks fly. Sounds predictable, but Franny’s love life is a secondary storyline to her acting dreams, which I appreciated – it made the book feel less chick-lit-esque and more like a coming-of-age novel in some ways.
Graham’s debut novel is a light read. It’s not going to change anyone’s world, but it’s a very sweet, earnest story. Setting the novel in the nineties is the key to this book’s appeal, I think. I really enjoyed the throwback to the time right before the internet and mobile phones, when Franny had to get her scenes from a fax machine while wearing black tights, a black mini skirt, a black turtle neck and Doc Martens. I feel like these details helped anchor the story and give it a much more personal feel. I’ve always enjoyed films and books that are set around showbusiness without the characters being completely immersed in it for the entire story, and this book is no different. It’s a fast, easy read, perfect for a quiet weekend or to take on holiday. I also just read last night that it’s been picked up for a TV pilot with Graham writing and executive producing, so I look forward to seeing it interpreted on the screen.
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham is available for purchase from Penguin Australia for $29.99AUD and I highly recommend it!
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