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Someday, Someday, Maybe

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  49,127 ratings  ·  5,839 reviews
A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three-year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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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
Catherine McKenzie
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, new-york
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). I guess we don't have a Lorelai and Rory relationship, or anything minutely close. 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 Gilmore Girls fan, I don't know if my fan status ...more
Amy (BW)
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***ARC copy provided by Random House courtesy of Edelweiss***


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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Susan Tunis
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
Lukas Anthony
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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
Trina (Between Chapters)
Nothing exceptional, but nothing terrible. I was probably initially interested in this because of who the author is, but this isn't a story I would typically be interested in. You may really enjoy it if you like stories about struggling actors though. I found it a bit aimless and lacking a strong enough character to make up for that (I couldn't separate Franny from Lauren TBH).

Also, I'd heard a lot of "it's set in the 90s! Cue the nostalgia!" but aside from a handful of Friends references, 2 men
Dale Harcombe
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars
This is an entertaining romp that demonstrates the difficulties and disappointments, as well as the small successes, along the way that an actress takes trying to make it. Franny Banks had promised herself that if after three years she had not become a success in her chosen career she will leave New York behind. As the deadline draws closer she wonders if she will be forced to make good on that promise.
Narrated by Franny herself, I could hear Lauren Graham’s voice telling t
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming, heartwarming and full of humor, Someday, Someday Maybe is about the joys and struggles of being young and carefree in a big city. Its about believing in the beauty of dreams and chasing them without losing hope. Its a story about making mistakes - in life and in relationships but knowing when to hold on and when to let go.

Franny Banks, the twenty something protagonist has always dreamed of being an actress. After finishing college she comes to New York giving herself a three-year dead
Aug 06, 2016 added it
DNF at 45% because it was just so damn boring.

I've read the reviews and I'm honestly stumped at how everyone else can hear Lauren Graham's voice shining through the story but I've completely missed it. Franny Banks is quirky, sure, but not particularly witty or funny. Her story is BORING - I'm sorry (not really) - we've all read/watched/heard about the starving aspiring actress trying to make it big in NYC despite the odds. There is nothing new about this story and Lauren Graham doesn't add anyt
Susane Colasanti
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
This was just what I needed after reading a couple of very heavy books (two in a row with drowned children, how does that happen?). Lauren Graham delivered the audio version exactly as I am sure she intended when she wrote the words--in the same deadpan style with which she delivers her lines on Parenthood. Like many little girls, I spent many idle hours wondering what kind of actress I could make and what I'd change my name to when I became a star. Listening to Franny's adventures, flops and fa ...more
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 ...more
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
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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Jan 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
OMG I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK! I love Lauren Graham!
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it

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, Someda
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A really lovely read:) Went into this not knowing too much on purpose and was pleasantly surprised.:)

Lauren Graham isn't the best writer but she has a nice style, it plops you right into Franny's world. You root for her and hope for the best with her as she tries to make in a tough industry.

I cheered with her at her successes and wanted to give her a big hug when things got tough for her. I admired her for not giving up and persevering despite her doubts.

Loved her roommates Jane and Dan... the
Dee Montoya
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
***2.5 Very Complicated Stars**

Ever since I read the blurb about Someday,Someday,Maybe I was desperate to read it, but the e-book was $9.99 and since my reading addiction is already costing me big buck every month, I added it to my Amazon wish list and have been watching it like a hawk waiting for the price to lower a bit, finally it went down and I was so happy to finally get my hands on this baby, unfortunately for me it was not what I expected... : (

Franny is a struggling actress living in Ne
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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
Sunshine Rodgers
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 Stars Hallows

This one is so hard to rate! It's not action packed or poignant but it is kinda fun. Being that it is Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham, read by Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham, and a fictionalized story of Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham's early career, I couldn't help but enjoy it. The MC clearly fits her to a T, even down to her speed talking and quirkiness that you can't help but love.

Franny Banks is a 20-something who moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre. Franny lives
Carol Brill
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A charming, fun voice and enjoyable story. I liked the narrator from the first page. I've been a Lauren Graham fan since Gilmore Girls. "Casting" her in the lead role as I read increased my pleasure.
Franny Banks is an aspiring actress, trying to make it in NY, coming up on her self-imposed deadline to achieve success. So many of her challenges resonated with me felt similar to the writing life--being offered representation by an agent only to have it fall through, her insecurities, and disappoi
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
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
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book but I did find it a tad slow and the Franny a bit of naïve. She was a funny character though and that made her amusing enough to look pack her naivety. Her journey was not picture perfect and that I appreciated. It was not a luck based journey but rather one of diligence and determination. Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it even though I was not completely connected to the story and my attention did wander.
It’s always the same when an actor/celebrity decides to switch mediums. I think, really? And then wait for the moment when it becomes glaringly obvious that said actor (or celebrity/singer/whatever) has deluded themselves into believing that just because they are good at/liked for doing one thing, they will be a success at another. Like, when James Franco decided he was going to be a poet. Or Leighton Meester a singer (I did really like that “Good Girls Go Bad” song, though, but she was only fea ...more
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Lauren Graham is an actor, writer, and producer best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, Someday, Maybe, and Talking as Fast as I Can.

Graham has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Because I Said So, and Max. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and a

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