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Someday, Someday, Maybe

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  16,426 ratings  ·  2,494 reviews
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 Br
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ebook, 285 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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Amy (BW)
***ARC copy provided by Random House courtesy of Edelweiss***

5 FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC STARS!!

Lauren Graham is brilliant! I picked up this ARC primarily because I wanted to see if Lauren could be as witty in her writing as she is in her acting and as she appears to be when she is interviewed. I can now say with 100% honesty that she is! I can't write my full review now, but I wanted you all to know that this book was great. I loved it! Once I crawled out from underneath all of my Buddy Reads and I
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Nomes
I love the premise of the book (struggling actress! peanut butter commercials! charming guy in acting class! room-mates!) and I adore Lauren Graham (of Gilmore Girls fame). This book called out to me as a comfort read: cute and smiley and fun with a bit of angst thrown in.

This book was (as the blurb promises) CHARMING. Franny is delightfully charming, slightly quirky and kind of all over the place. She has the best of intentions and clings to her dreams... yet is constantly floundering - she's i
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Catherine McKenzie
It seems like every review I read for this week's read for Lauren Graham's Someday, Someday, Maybe --is prefaced by the same caveat: I am a HUGE FAN of (insert one or all of the following: Lauren Graham, The Gilmore Girls, Lorelei Gilmore, Parenthood).

Full disclosure: this caveat applies to me. As I informed my agent when I was trying to see if I could interview Ms. Graham, I (a) own all seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls, (b) have seen every episode of Parenthood, and (c) have a girl crush on
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Luke
Lauren Graham/Lorealai Gilmore wrote a book!

I think there is a certain amount of dread whenever a favourite actor or singer decides to try writing a book, this almost instant assumption that it's not going to end well. I didn't have this feeling when I heard about Lauren Graham's debut, in fact I believed out right that she could do it, and I was proven right.

Make no mistake though, this is very much chick-lit, but it's at least well written and well thought out chick-lit, which makes all the d
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Susan Tunis
Lauren Graham: As funny on the page as she is on the stage

Life is often heavy. Literature is often heavy. Sometimes I just want a little light entertainment, and Lauren Graham’s debut novel, Someday, Someday Maybe sounded like just what the doctor ordered. Now there’s no reason to believe that a gifted comic actress would be a particularly gifted comic novelist. Actually, my expectations might lean slightly in the opposite direction. So let me be the first to proclaim what a fun, funny, clever,
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M
2.5
I don't know much about Lauren Graham, having never watched Gilmore Girls, and though I do love the awesomeness that is Parenthood, her character more gets on my nerves than anything else - and so I wasn't expecting much by way of this book, and I was not disappointed. It's exactly what you think it will be: a marginally funny but much more often gimmicky account of a woman's efforts to make it in acting. Because it - I imagine - draws almost entirely from Lauren's own climb, the writing for
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Kelly Woodward
One of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to watch Craig Ferguson interview Lauren Graham. He is my favorite talk show host, and she is bubbly, quirky, intelligent, funny, and a touch self-deprecating. I've loved Lauren ever since I started watching Gilmore Girls many moons ago, and I was thrilled to see that she had written a novel. However, I was afraid (as I often am when I get excited about something) that the book would suck.

It did not suck. Rather, it was wonderful. I flew through it, s
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Rachel
I won't summarize this story -- you can read other reviews or the book blurb to know it's about Franny Banks, an young woman trying to make it in New York, in acting.

This was chick lit at it's finest. The story of a young woman navigating her heart and dreams. Of failing. Of trying again. Of succeeding. Graham avoided most of the chick lit pitfalls a la Sex and the City (thank goodness) but wove a story with witty dialog, strong descriptions and my favorite, symbolism! I was taking notes!

Franny
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Susane Colasanti
An uplifting story of what it takes to manifest your heart's desires. Lauren Graham writes with passion, soul, and honesty. Plus she's freaking hilarious. You'll love this journey of an aspiring actress finding her way in New York City circa 1995...complete with Filofax pages written and doodled on by Lauren.
BookChic Club
OMG I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK! I love Lauren Graham!
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
3.5

Find this review and others like it on my blog: Natflix&Books

While I'm familiar with Lauren Graham, I'll be honest, I haven't seen her in all that much. I don't watch the show Parenthood, but I liked her in Bad Santa and just started watching the first season of The Gilmore Girls on DVD, which I know has a huge fan base. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Lauren Graham, I was very interested when I heard she had a novel coming out and jumped at the opportunity to read an ARC of Someday, So
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Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
All I could do after turning the last page of this effervescent debut was to hope that Gilmore Girls and Parenthood star Lauren Graham will adapt her first novel to the big screen, or even pen a sequel. My extended 5 star+ review is available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF http://minadecaro.blogspot.com/2013/0...
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
[Note: This is an adult novel - it's not especially racy, but there's definitely a bit of profanity and some sexual scenes. It should be fine for anyone fourteen and older]

Is there anything Lauren Graham can't do well? Known for her humourous and emotional on-screen performances in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, Lauren Graham is one of those actresses who really feels like she is the characters she plays: she's funny, she's strong, and she's the girl you want to be best friends with. Because of
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Alisha Marie
I'm going to preface this review by saying that I'm a huge Lauren Graham fan. Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite TV shows ever (and I quote it pretty much every day) and Parenthood is also pretty amazing. I've also spent an inordinate amount of time watching Lauren Graham interviews on YouTube...which means that I'm very aware of how funny, charming, witty, and clever she is (or at least the way she seems in those interviews). So, my expectations of Someday, Someday, Maybe were through the roof ...more
Christina
I read this because it got decent reviews and, as a fan of The Gilmore Girls, I was curious about Lauren Graham as a writer. The book is about a 20-something recent college grad trying to make a go of an acting career in NYC. I'm not all that interested in the acting world and have developed an aversion to books set in NYC (SERIOUSLY THERE ARE SO MANY) so it's not surprising that I wasn't enraptured with this book. It's pretty good and did make me laugh at times, but tonally I was distracted bec ...more
Joanna
I imagine that most of the early readers of this book will have picked it up because they are already a fan of Lauren Graham. And if you are a fan of Lauren Graham, and the type of zany characters that Lauren Graham often plays, then you will probably like this book, or at least enjoy protagonist Franny Banks.

I will also say this for the book - I absolutely believe that Lauren Graham wrote it without the assistance of any sort of ghost writer. If she had, I feel like it would be a little more we
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Suzanne
After a bump in the road reading this (my precocious 12 year old daughter had some kind of issue with me, she must have been in trouble so badly to hide my book! Oh the injustice of it all. I guess we don't have a Lorelai and Rory relationship)I was forced to buy the ebook just to enable me to finish. I found it to be exactly what I was hoping and thought it would be. Light, funny, sweet and full of quirk. Although being a HUGE G Girls fan, I don't know if my fan status clouded my opinion? It wa ...more
Bethany Larson
Y’all. Lauren Graham can write!

Clearly, this shocks no one. But it’s just so nice to know that she’s good at everything.

I say that with zero maliciousness. She’s one of those people who you want to be able to do everything so that you can like her that much more. (Other people in this category: Connie Britton, Emma Stone, Claire Danes, Jason Segel, Zachary Levi, Jennifer Lawrence.)

So, this book, Someday, Someday Maybe. What I liked most about is how damn relatable it is. Maybe it’s because I li
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Jane
Full disclosure: I knew Lauren Graham when she was a freshman at Langley High School, and my most vivid memory of her calls up Lauren, attired in a sheet/toga, standing next to my old friend Allen Stuhl, also dressed in a sheet/toga, as they played the leads in a classroom version of Oedipus Rex. (Full disclosure again: I have such a memory of just about everyone I ever had the good fortune to teach at LHS!) Needless to say, I am biased on her behalf when she recreates herself as a novelist duri ...more
Alex
The Plot: Franny Banks moved to New York to become a famous actress and she gave herself 3 year to make it before moving on and doing something else. Said deadline is just six months away but she still hasn't landed more than a small part on a regional comercial that barely ran at all.

In the midst of auditions and call backs, acting classes and a waitressing job that barely pays the bills, she spends her time with her best friend Jane (who wants to be a movie producer) and Dan, the aspiring wri
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Emily Crowe
Hmmm...not very engaged in the actual story, but there are background parts that I think are intriguing. (What is a second second? Is "mayonnaise commercial" really used to describe all filming done in public?) Lauren Graham does her own reading and I'm not sure she was a good choice. I feel that way about most authors, Bill Bryson being the exception to my rule.
Maggie
I just screamed "LORELAI GILMORE HAS A BOOK COMING OUT! SET IN THE 90s!!!" Needless to say, can't wait to read this.
Henrietta
What would you do when you dream of success but can’t quite figure out a way to achieve it?

Franny had talents. She knew things wouldn’t just happen for her. She’s willing to do a lot of things to achieve her dream but she also knew that if she didn’t set a deadline for her goal, she could become one of those people who called themselves actors when they’re doing plenty of things that made them busy but none of those things were related to acting. So, after not being successful in securing an act
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Katie
I wanted to be more critical of this book, I really did, because - don't get me wrong, I LOVE Lauren Graham - but you know, she's already smart, funny, talented and beautiful, I was sort of hoping she wouldn't be a good writer as well. And I suppose, if I'm being really technical, the writing style in itself is nothing extraordinary - it's the sort of writing that doesn't draw attention to itself, so it is neither poetically beautiful nor in the way of the plot at all. But I really got into this ...more
Meg
Set in the mid-’90s, Someday, Someday, Maybe is everything that was great about “Gilmore Girls,” in which Lauren Graham herself starred: snappy writing; believable friendships; realistic, scathing dialogue. In a pre-texting, pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter world, Franny Banks is left to her own devices — and that device often includes an answering machine. Many chapters begin with a recap of Fran’s messages, recorded on honest-to-goodness machine tape, and they’re pivotal to the plot. She’s always wai ...more
Lau

No voy a mentir, empecé éste sólo porque lo escribió Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham y si bien lo abrí con cierto temor (no se guien por la sinopsis), me encontré con un libro divertido, fresco, y lleno de humor que me hizo reir desde la primer página y continuó haciéndome soltar carcajadas hasta el -impecable- final. No se si no está basado muy sueltamente en su vida incluso, o al menos es una parodia de algunas cosas que le pueden haber pasado a la autora.

Franny Banks es una actriz de veintitant
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Cathlina Bergman
Wonderful book! Just delightful!!

I'll admit I initially picked up this book purely because I admire Lauren Graham as an actress and wanted to read her first novel. I'm fascinated by people who are really good at what they do and certainly don't have to try doing anything else but still take that chance and risk making a fool of themselves and ruining their good reputation in their chosen career to try something new and scary and exciting. So Brava, Ms. Graham, for your risk-taking!

BUT I now woul
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ashley
It is important for you reading this review to know that I love Lauren Graham and I don't normally read chick lit. With that being said I really enjoyed the book for several reasons. As in previous reviews, it was really easy for me to envision Graham as the main character, and there were parts that reminded me of scenes from Gilmore Girls. I wasn't as leary as some because Graham crossed over to writer. This book was well thought out and well written, it left me wanting more.
Franny Banks (named
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Kelly
I'm a fan of Ms. Graham's, and therefore was excited to enter and win a copy of SSM via First Reads, despite it not necessarily falling into my preferred genre. This was a perfectly adequate foray into light fiction (I loathe the term 'chick lit') from a bright and talented actor. It was unsurprisingly predictable yet enjoyable. I think Graham did a lovely job of creating what seems like a very authentic picture of what it must be like to be an aspiring actor in the mid '90's. The dialogue is sh ...more
Sarah
This was fairly predictable and the writing could have been a bit smoother, however, I really enjoyed it a lot. It was funny and heart-warming and had a very memorable voice (I'm starting to realize that that's really critical for my enjoyment of books--especially if I listen to the audiobook). Lauren Graham reads this in the audiobook format and makes it even funnier with her exaggerated voices and such. This is the sort of novel that I'd like to see be what "new adult" morphs into, and kind of ...more
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An American actress, producer, and debut novelist best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood.

Graham's debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe is a work based on a fictionalization of her experiences in the New York acting scene in the mid-1990s.In May 2013, the book entered the New York Times best seller list.

Graham signed a deal with Warner Bros. Telev
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