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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

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Goodreads Choice Award
Winner for Best Humor (2017)
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

205 pages, Hardcover

First published November 29, 2016

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Lauren Graham

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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 an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University.

She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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Profile Image for Leslie Wilkins.
321 reviews6 followers
April 12, 2017
Lauren Graham narrating the audiobook was every bit of the awesomeness that I'd hoped for and expected.
Profile Image for Penny Quotes.
60 reviews36 followers
August 12, 2022
In three weeks, I had binged seven seasons and four movies of Gilmore Girls - a feat for some and child’s play for others. Obviously, I was desperately in need of something to satisfy the big, gaping Stars-Hollow shaped hole in my life. You should be pleased to know that this book did just the trick. In true Rory Gilmore style, I am going to review this book as a pros and cons list.

• The chapter titles: The titles were quirky and creative. They made absolutely no sense unless you actually read the chapter (e.g. “There Is Only One Betty White, or: Paper Towels, a Love Story”).
• The writing: The writing was stunning! I could hear Lauren Graham’s unique voice. It was as if Graham was truly talking to me. I liked the addition of the phone conversation with her father in “Fast Forward” - something I had never come across before in any of the books I have read.
• A perfect mix: The book was a perfect blend of funny, inspirational and intriguing.
• Old Lady Jackson, period – nothing else to add here, I need more of her!
Gilmore Girls : I loved the way “What It Was Like, Part One” was set out. Graham really nailed it there. For those of you who haven’t read it, she expresses her opinion about each season in terms of the setting, fashion/hair and what she loved. This really helped satiate my Gilmore Girls craving!

• The writing: I know I had put this on the ‘Pros’ section, but it’s also a con for me too. Sometimes I found myself not fully invested in the story, as if some of the words were superfluous. I found myself drifting and wondering what I’ll be having for lunch, instead of laughing. Therefore, I had to take off one star (please don’t hate me).
• There wasn’t more of it!

All in all, a wonderful read! This book is something that embodies the vibrancy and excitement of the “Life and Death Brigade” (*screams “In Omnia Paratus!” at laptop*).

Thank you for reading my first ever review on Goodreads!

I have decided that I am going to live up to my name by leaving a quote that sticks out for me in every one of the books that I read. So here it is:
“It’s hard to say exactly when it will happen, and it’s true that whatever you’re after may not drop down the moment you spend all your quarters, but someday soon a train is coming. In fact, it may already be on the way. You just don’t know it yet.”

I also have a blog (https://penny4quotes.wixsite.com/pennyquotes) so if you could check that out and subscribe, I would greatly appreciate it 😊❤️ (I discuss more than just books on there - ghost tours, poems, travel and more!)

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1,027 reviews2,047 followers
December 6, 2016
My one-sentence summary: Lauren Graham’s personality shines through a lot here, and that’s delightful, but she doesn’t really explore much of anything with any real depth, and that’s disappointing.

I came to Gilmore Girls late, even though I’m in the exact age bracket to have grown up with it. My parents didn’t have cable so I couldn’t watch the WB and by the time I got to college, where many of my friends loved the show, I found it a little off-putting. Part of that was because it wasn’t really a show I could jump into midway and feel connected to, part of it was that I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to discovering things—I love things when I discover them at my own pace, but I sometimes have a hard time loving them when I feel like they’re foisted on me. And there was also a part of me that, as a huuuuuge Aaron Sorkin fan, felt like the fast-pace dialogue didn’t work as well as everyone else said it did. And so I just kind of wrote it off. I had plenty of other obsessions to indulge in.

I don’t really know why I decided to give the series another go when it debuted on Netflix last year, but I did. Part of it was my husband’s influence (he loved the show the first time around), part of it was the loud resurgence of internet love for the show that hadn’t really existed until the Netflix debut was announced. And part of it was just a desire to go back and reassess things that I knew I might have been previously too quick to dismiss.

So I watched the show for the first time at 31 and I liked it enough that it’s still in heavy rotation as mindless binge-watch material, but I also formed opinions of the show that many fans-since-teens seem to hate: Luke and Lorelai are better off as just friends; Rory dropping out of Yale was an interesting plot turn; April Nardini wasn’t that bad; and I’m not sure I will ever understand why members of Team Jess are so willing to forgive how terrible he was to Rory in seasons 2 and 3. #sorrynotsorry

All that’s to say that I really got swept up in revival fever and this book is definitely timed to play into that frenzy. But there wasn’t as much substance here as I really wanted. She fills most of the book with obligatory chapters on how aging in Hollywood sucks and too many people just want to know her fitness regimen and—in what seems to be becoming a requirement for celebrity memoirs—how her editor kept hounding her to get her draft in on time and how she didn’t really have time to do that.

The chapters on her youth and her time in summer stock were fine, but it often felt like she was just summarizing events without really taking the time to flesh things out. Ditto the first Gilmore chapter: she rewatched all 7 seasons and briefly commented on her hair and how hunky the guys were. I don’t feel like I really got a strong sense of her feelings about the process, what it was like working with her costars, or anything like that. There was a little bit more about her time on Parenthood and how the relatively light schedule allowed her to write her book, but I was really disappointed that she doesn’t go into more depth on her relationship with Peter Krause.

Disclaimer: my husband and I once had a lengthy debate about which celebrity couple we’d most like to have an orgy with and Lauren and Peter were among the top finishers. Mostly because Peter could introduce me to Josh Charles and Lauren could introduce him to Alexis Bledel, but still…I have all the heart eyes in Sports Night season two-era Peter Krause.

I know that you don’t necessarily want to tell everything about your relationship in your memoir. Yes, by all means feel entitled to your privacy, but at least give us something to understand why this relationship has lasted or what you’ve learned from it. Especially if you were kind of known for your extended single streak. I mean, what’s the point of doing a celebrity memoir if you aren’t going to get a little dishy?

The best part of this book, by far, was her reflections on doing the Gilmore revival. I actually found myself wishing that they had been published as an independent piece somewhere on the internet—I really would have been happy reading just that and nothing else.

I think many fans are going to have fun reading this book, and it’s a perfectly find way to spend an afternoon. If you love Lauren’s personality, it definitely shines through here. I feel like people especially find the audio book to be a fun experience. I just found myself wanting more than this one had to offer.
Profile Image for Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin.
3,535 reviews9,955 followers
December 15, 2016
I love Lauren Graham!


I loved her in Gilmore Girls most of all! Duh. And I also loved her in Parenthood. But Gilmore Girls takes the cake, the old and the new! Woot!


I loved hearing stories about when Lauren was a child like living on the houseboat. I would loved to have seen that in real life! She has a lot of different stories that go back and forth from now and then. It was a little confusing at times but I guess that's why it's called a book of essays!

She even writes like Lorelai Gilmore sounds. <--- If that makes sense, does to me, but I'm weird and I don't care.

Some of the most exciting things that happened in my life took place before I turned six years old. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, which his awesome right there, but three weeks later, before I even had time to work on my tan, we moved to Japan. JAPAN. The home of my most favorite food ever: mashed peas. Well, that was probably my favorite food back then; what a waste, since I could have been eating spicy tuna rolls with extra wasabi. Damn you, Baby Lauren, and your infantile palate! Well, to be fair, you were an infant. Sorry I yelled.

For the most part I enjoyed the book. Some parts lagged a little hence my 4 star rating. I also love the book cover!

Happy Reading ♥

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Profile Image for Elyse Walters.
4,010 reviews608 followers
November 5, 2017
Audiobook... a gift from Vio: Thank You Vio!!!

I did like the Gilmore Girls...but admit, I didn’t watch the reunion series. I was ‘done’ by the time it came around. I actually liked the show “Parenthood”- much better than “The Gilmore Show”, where Lauren Graham was part of the ensemble cast. I felt that overall the “Parenthood” had more substance.

Lauren Graham speaks ‘consistently’ soooo fast during the entire audiobook- it becomes draining.

There were a few parts in the beginning I thought were interesting. Lauren was born in Hawaii and spent a great amount of time living on a houseboat with her father.... but it felt to me that whenever she started to talk straight on almost any topic she quickly diminished the experience by trying to be funny. Too much of it was annoying. There also didn’t seem to be a lot of significant material — she tells us that she had great friends, she laughed a lot, and had great times. That’s all wonderful ( I mean it ), but that doesn’t make for a strong book in my opinion.

Unless a person is a die-hard Lauren Graham fan — and she can do no wrong in your eyes - then I wouldn’t go out of my way to read or listen to this book.

A few points of interests - a few chuckles - a lot irritating.

2.5 Stars
Profile Image for Whitney Atkinson.
940 reviews14k followers
August 10, 2018
I told myself I would hold off on reading this until I finished Gilmore Girls, but I gave up on season 7 because I just stopped caring about the characters and the plot, so I didn't mind going into this and getting spoiled. Even so, very little of it actually focused on spoilers on the show, but it offered a cool enough glimpse into Lauren's life that I'm glad I picked it up.

I'm not her biggest fan ever, and I haven't even seen Parenthood, so I just liked hearing about her backstory and her experiences in Hollywood. I did enjoy her humor throughout the book, but I was never laughing out loud (three separate times she used the joke "someone call shark tank" and it was only funny the first time). My biggest issue with the essays is that some of them are a bit vapid. Lauren is so successful in many hemispheres of her life, but some of the essays she wrote were just plain vapid, specifically her chapters about LA diets and dating. At one point in her dating chapter, she even made a fatphobic comment by saying that the reason she didn't get any dates in college was because of the freshman fifteen. I just think that given the scope of her career, there were more important things to focus on than poking fun at diets and dating life, which we're already inundated with in the media. I would have preferred to hear stories about her rather than a commentary on something she was trying to make fun of in a weak way.

If you liked Gilmore Girls or Parenthood, consider picking this up on audiobook like I did. But maybe save your money and try it from the library unless you're a mega-fan and are devoted to owning this.
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1,109 reviews6,574 followers
February 7, 2017
Awwwwww this was so sweet. There were some parts where I found myself skim reading or skipping altogether (the fashion chapter coz BORING) but I really, really enjoyed this and I love Lauren's voice and sense of humour!
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253 reviews
December 28, 2016
**Before reading the book:

This is being released on my birthday! And 4 days after the revival premieres! This is already the best birthday ever :D

**Upon finishing the book:

This gets 5 stars. Yes I am being biased because I love Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls (which is more than just a show to me, it's a religion, a way of life -- I know that sounds crazy but I've been too obsessed for too long, its unhealthy...just ignore me). But I genuinely enjoyed this. It was a fun, quick read, made even more fun by Lauren's narration. I wish it had been longer but I'll take what I can get. Lauren basically is real-life Lorelai Gilmore.

Though I have to say, all that cliffhanger business she kept bringing up makes me wonder if we really have seen the end of Gilmore Girls. I mean, I thought we had, but now she has me questioning what the future holds. Regardless, I loved this.
Profile Image for Kelli.
851 reviews403 followers
August 12, 2017
I couldn't wait to get this audio!! *sniff, sniff, wail*

Recently I made what may have been a questionable parenting decision and starting watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix with my daughter. I was surprised to find it is not only a fabulous (and in our case, somewhat addictive) show with quirky characters and smart dialogue, but it opens many doors for age-appropriate conversations with my daughter about school, relationships of all kinds, community, etc. I love Lauren Graham in both Gilmore Girls and Parenthood but unfortunately, I found this audio just okay. There wasn't a lot about Gilmore Girls beyond that it was long hours and everyone from actors to writers and producers were great. One entire section was a season by season review of her hair and makeup choices on the show and basically what was dated about it: cassette tape answering machines, disposable cameras, VHS tapes. Yawn.

Mmmm, I'll stick to the show. I really think Lauren Graham is a standout in Hollywood. She seems very real and fun. I wish she would be my best friend but I still didn't love this book. I suspect this was a well-timed marketing ploy to coincide with the Netflix reboot. Sadly, 2 stars.
Profile Image for Riley.
429 reviews21.7k followers
December 16, 2016
This was okay.
There were a lot of filler stories and she didn't start talking about Gilmore Girls until chapter 15.
I listened to the audiobook and Lauren sang way too much. Kinda irritated me.
There were a few cool behind the scenes info about her tv shows but nothing you can't find from interviews.
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4,071 reviews31.3k followers
January 8, 2018
This was so good. It kept me laughing out loud and I wanted hear more of her stories. I like her voice as a writer. She had a bit in there about Old Lady Jackson that was funny and she needs to turn this into a whole book. Wonderful character.

She takes us behind the scenes of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood to share her experiences. We also have stories of how she made it in the business of Show. This made me miss seeing her on TV weekly. I hope they bring the show back again.

I felt like I was sitting down with an old friend. I enjoyed this book.
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463 reviews302 followers
February 7, 2017
I read this as fast as I could, not on purpose, it's just that this book was compelling as a major Lauren Graham fan, being a late bloomer to the phenomena that is Gilmore Girls and becoming instantly obsessed, it was destined for me to read this memoir, this gave me everything I needed and more. Plenty of insights from her time during the Gilmore Girls days, I probably could have read a whole book completely devoted to dissections and discussions of the show but there was also other parts of Lauren's life that I had no idea about so I was pleasantly surprised with those inclusions, this was a quick read and honestly I wished there was more, only because I can't get enough of this fast talking, smart and all round talented actress, writer and just general awesome human being. I plan to read her novel soon someday just so I can inhabit her world a little longer, and of course there are always Gilmore Girls reruns to watch over and over and over again...
Profile Image for Jenny.
197 reviews
December 7, 2016
I read this after finishing Kendrick's "Scrappy Little Nobody" which makes for an interesting point of comparison. Both Graham and Kendrick are known for being intelligent, witty actresses and both write about the business of being an intelligent, witty, actress. In the comparison, however, Graham's book suffers. Graham writes throughout about the time crunch she was under, and it seems like the book was rushed out to coincide with the release of the new Gilmore Girls movies rather than because it was ready or necessary. There are long sections of filler in the book, like where Graham adopts the voice of an elderly biddy for no particular reason. Those sections (helpfully in italics) can just be skipped. There are other sections where it seems Graham is simply trying too hard to be an intelligent, witty, actress and is telling rather than showing, an important maxim in not just acting but writing as well. While the behind the scenes information on the Gilmore Girls was somewhat interesting, it was nothing that couldn't have been gleaned from magazine interviews or talk show visits. The book also seems to be struggling with its status as a an autobiography and Graham's general desire for privacy. Events are told, glibly or superficially, and no deeper insights or truths are made of them. Probably because Graham simply doesn't want to share those with us. That's all well and good, but it doesn't make for much of a book. I've read Graham's novel, and so I know that she is a good writer, but this seemed like a rush job to make some money. In other words, Monkey Doodles.
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3,918 reviews33k followers
October 20, 2018
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If I had to choose one show that was my favorite show ever, one I can quote certain episodes word for word, and one with characters I truly connect with, that show would be GILMORE GIRLS. This book has been on my radar for a while because not only do I love that show, I love Lauren Graham. This book had a lot of fun GG information, but also a lot of fun stories from Lauren's life. I love her even more after reading it! It was a quick listen (took about 4 hours) and highly entertaining!
Profile Image for Holly.
1,449 reviews1,090 followers
December 11, 2018

This audiobook was relatively quick (she does talk fast!), but not particularly remarkable. I of course *loved* Gilmore Girls, but unfortunately did not watch the 4 episode reboot on Netflix because I did not subscribe to that service at the time. So I enjoyed getting the brief look into the creation of those (missing to me) episodes. However, Graham's recollections of the original seasons, as noted in this book, is disappointingly almost nothing at all. Instead, she just re-watches some of each season and then comments on things that stood out to her such as: outfits, things that appeared in episodes that age it (phonebooks etc), and memorable plot moments. There's nothing really 'behind the scenes' to it, which is rather a large letdown considering the show lasted seven seasons.

Some things I did enjoy about the book:
- Her repeating the 'how to write' knowledge passed down to her from a friend '(kitchen timer writing')
- The fact that she skipped Kindergarten due to reading at an early age and how that impacted her during her school years (my son did this, he is currently in second grade so I found this very insightful)
- The call to her dad: on the audiobook it's his voice on there and they are talking as if she recorded their actual phone conversation.
- Her recollections of her time spent after highschool trying to 'make it', plus the odd jobs she did in the meantime.
- Her 'old lady' advice about putting down cellphones etc. Good stuff to think about and be conscientious about.

So this book had it's good moments, but nothing that was really a GREAT moment. It did make me want to go re-watch some Gilmore Girls...
Profile Image for ☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer).
3,095 reviews665 followers
February 10, 2017
I will be totally honest. I read 99.8 % fiction. Reading for me is an escape, a chance to travel from the comfort of my home. When I select a book outside the realm of fiction, it is more often than not a history book surrounding an event or era. So why did I listen to Talking As Fast As I Can? Gilmore Girls. The show began in 2000, I was a young stay at home mother of three and that hour spent in Stars Hollow was magical. Rory loved books; I loved books and Lorelai's addiction to coffee rivaled my own. I loved the flaws and the dynamics of the friendships. Later, I would watch reruns with my daughters. I think, I will always look back on the show fondly.

I was curious if Lauren Graham was anything like her character Lorelai. Boy, was I rewarded. Graham was pure, awkward, and at times downright funny. Her story felt honest. It was refreshing. She felt like someone I could hang out with over coffee. Like myself, Lauren is a private person and reveals very little about her life, but what she does is wonderful. She had me giggling, connecting and admiring her for just putting it out there. Her stories about dating and her husband were priceless.

Graham highlights how she got her start, goes through the seasons of Gilmore Girls, talks about the final season and the reunion. She also gives some highlights on other roles she has played like those of Sarah from Parenthood. We also get tidbits about her life as a child, and while this book doesn't go into any real depth on any particular subject, it was fun to listen.

audio provided by publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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604 reviews260 followers
February 2, 2021
Having been a fan of the Gilmore Girls TV series for such a long time, this book was a real treat for me. It could have tooootally been an account of the life and times of Lorelai Gilmore.

It's a religion

There were tonnes of humorous and cringe-worthy situations in it, along with plenty of thoughtful advice to be found, generally delivered by Lauren's Old Lady Jackson persona. And we of course, can't forget the hilarious amount of procrastination needed to write a book. In general, and in particular. Now that is very relatable...

Score: 3.3 / 5 stars

I enjoyed listening to this audio book immensely, and could point out numerous scenes and quotes that still cause me hearty laughter. I loved the fact that it was Lauren Graham narrating the book, which gave everything an even funnier twist.

Then again, I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan, who must've (RE)watched the series at least 10 times over, so any excuse to immerse myself in the TV series' universe is an good acceptable one.
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792 reviews283 followers
March 24, 2018
I love Gilmore Girls and I love Lauren Graham! Some chapters from this book were a little boring and I just skimmed them but especially the chapters about filming Gilmore Girls and about how she became an actress were super interesting and so much fun to read :)
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3,876 reviews3,115 followers
December 12, 2016
I'm a pretty solid fan of Gilmore Girls, but have previously felt disappointed in realizing that neither Lauren Graham nor Alexis Bledel are the characters they play in that show. Not quite as intelligent, and definitely not as well-read. I know, Gilmore Girls is a rapid-talking idealized landscape, but one I think I prefer to escape to without the grounding in reality.

So I was uncertain as to whether I would want to listen to this memoir, but having just watched the four "Year in the Life" episodes of the Gilmore Girls reboot, the time seemed right. And the publisher knows that too. I got a review copy myself, but they released it right after everyone would have been talking about the show and having all sorts of nostalgia and desire for more.

It's just too bad that the book wasn't more interesting. I mean, it was fine, but rarely scratched more than the surface. We get the elevator pitch view of Lauren's upbringing and more commentary on fashion and hair for her television shows than any actual insight into how she thought and felt while they were going on. If you are looking for slightly fluffy renditions of these shows and years, the same kind of information you would get from late night talk shows only longer, and if Gilmore Girls can never be enough and can never do no wrong, this is definitely the audiobook for you. If you're going into it looking for a well-written in-depth memoir, this just isn't that.

And definitely don't read or listen to it until after watching all seven eight seasons of Gilmore Girls, because there will definitely be spoilers.

Thanks to the publisher for letting me listen!
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Author 9 books405 followers
July 25, 2022
I am a huge fan of Lauren Graham and especially of her work on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. This was a fun, short memoir, and I especially enjoyed the parts which reflected on Gilmore Girls, the original 7 seasons, and the reboot.
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266 reviews
December 4, 2016
As a huge fan of Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham, I was quite excited to read this book. Finally! A chance to read about all of the behind-the-scenes goodies from the original run of the show, how everyone got cast, funny anecdotes and heartwarming stories about each of the cast members, etc. While we get that to some extent in the final chapter that includes diary entries from her time on the revival, the chapter about the original Gilmore Girls run was highly disappointing. Instead of a chapter that provided stories that only Lauren Graham could tell, she decided to rewatch all seven seasons and provide glib remarks about what she saw. "Can you believe I wore so much blue eyeshadow? What was I thinking!" "Wow, Rory's boyfriends are hunky. I can see why teams formed!" It felt like a whole lot of meaningless fluff. I'm sure I could go online and find a hundred different blogs from fans who could make those exact same observations. If she wants to go through and commentate on the 7 seasons of the show, fine, but that should be used as a framing device to provide memories with a bit more substance. If she can't remember anything, then she should've asked her publicist to pull from old interviews she did during the time and just try to jazz them up a bit. Given the subtitle of the book and the timing of when it was released, the Gilmore Girls chapters are, I'm sure, the most highly anticipated ones by the fans. And while the revival chapter was much improved, the lack of interesting material about the original series almost made me not want to finish. (For goodness sake, there was more substance in the chapter about her guest judge role on Project Runway than about Gilmore Girls. Really?)

The most distinct part about the book was Lauren's voice throughout. If you've ever seen her on a talk show, you know that she's adorably flighty but brilliant, jumping from one thought to the next in a flustered, giggly way that somehow never makes her look like a bimbo but just that her thoughts race much faster than the conversation can keep up with. That same quality shines through in the book, which at times can be delightful and at other times can be a detriment to the quality of the book. The tone works really well when she's talking about her superficial observations about Hollywood, weight loss, her many years of singledom, etc., but can border on annoying when it seems like we're about to dig in with a specific story about Parenthood or her friends or Gilmore Girls. When I read Amy Poehler's autobiography, some of my favorite sections were when she would dig in and spend a paragraph talking about how she saw a person in her life. She'd mention a few unique characteristics, where she met them, what they mean to her today, and so on. Even though I knew who Adam Scott was (or at least who he portrays himself to be from what I've seen on TV), seeing him from her perspective fleshed out his character in the context of the book. It's a basic guideline for any book: introduce your characters. Maybe it was because Lauren was in such a rush to finish this on time, but I feel like that part completely got overlooked. Everyone flits in and out of her story without any formal introduction, and although I know who Amy and Dan are and I know that she's close to her Parenthood children, it feels like these are only wisps of individuals with nothing solid to grab onto. The closest we come to getting something substantial is on the chapter where she discusses her boyfriend, Peter Krause, but even there, the descriptions seem superficial. I know now that he's really into the outdoors, but I know nothing about why, after all of her years of success as an independent woman, he was the one that was special enough to include in her life. And it's not like I'm looking for sordid details, but I've only seen about half a season of Parenthood. I don't know anything about him. He's just "guy dating Lauren who loves the outdoors." It's hard to feel any sort of emotional connection over that.

The final few chapters were quite strong. I loved that she included some diary entries from her time on the revival set, and her reaction to the final four words were hilarious and reflected my thoughts as well. The chapter that talked about writing was interesting too, though mostly because the several pages of writing advice she had received from a mentor of hers were quite good and something I might refer to.

(Side note: she makes a weird observation in this chapter about how after she wrote her novel, people were a bit skeptical that she had written it herself. She tries to blame this on misogyny. And look, I think there are a lot of hurdles women need to overcome to get ahead in the world, and society is structured to benefit the patriarchy most of all. But people weren't skeptical of her book because she's a woman. They were skeptical because she was an actress who never published a book before and was writing a book that seemed loosely biographical. Pretty much any famous Hollywood actor or actress could "write" a book and get it published because publishers know that the name recognition alone will sell enough books to justify the cost of publication. Ghost writing is common, and many actors and actresses can "write" a book without writing a book. It's great that she did it herself, but the skepticism is justified--and has nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman.)

Overall, I'm disappointed. I love Lauren, and there are certainly parts that are enjoyable because she seems like such a gem of a person, but this book was way too rushed and lacks the insight and depth I was hoping for.
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655 reviews964 followers
December 10, 2018
Written in response to the release of A Year in the Life on Netflix, Talking as Fast as I Can is a lively actor’s memoir. Lauren Graham moves at a fast pace as she discusses a wide range of topics, from her unconventional upbringing to her writing career. The sections about her experience as an actor on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood aren’t as extensive as expected; in the case of the former show, she only offers notes on rewatching the series after having finished the revival, a move that feels superficial. The memoir feels disjointed and hastily written, but Graham’s narration on audio is engaging and entertaining. Worth checking out if on sale and in need of something to pass the time.
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1,173 reviews8,388 followers
July 24, 2018
This was a fun look into some of what went into making Gilmore Girl, both the original series and reboot. It has some insight into Lauren Graham’s life pre-show business, but as a whole the largest chunks of it deal with GG. It doesn’t have as much substance as I was expecting. And since I love Lauren Graham so much—especially listening to her read the audiobook—I was hoping for a more chronological and in-depth look at her life and how she got to where she is today. It has some of that, but just not enough for me. She’s clearly a talented storyteller and a great narrator but I isn’t needed more!
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715 reviews
May 19, 2017
Enjoyable, quick read. I love Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls! Not a long, personal story but does share some background on her early life and career. I could relate to pajama streaking and TP-ing houses. LOL. She also shares photographs, behind-the-scenes, and diary experts all encompassed in her fast talking narration like Lorelai Gilmore. Highly recommend the audio read by Lauren herself!
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285 reviews188 followers
May 5, 2021
Many years ago I found myself watching Gilmour Girls as my partner at the time was a huge fan. It was always my understanding that Rory was always the central character and the most loved but I was very much in the Lorelai corner - probably not so much the character as Lauren Graham herself. Fast forward a couple of years and there she was starring opposite an obnoxious drunk, Billy Bob Thornton, in Bad Santa, and again I was hooked.

Recently I have read some long crime novels and some in-depth non-fiction so I decided Lauren's bio would be a light and fast break in the routine, and it was just that. Unfortunately, it wasn't the greatest read. It really felt Lauren was trying too hard to be funny and it wasn't necessary, she would have held my attention just plainly talking about herself and her career. The book is VERY Gilmour Girls centric, as one would expect and it is written during and just after the reboot of the show. So there is quite a bit of reminiscing but there is not a lot of looking at Lauren's life.

In essence, this is not a biography as much as being a journal about her seven years on Gilmour Girls and then the excitement of rebooting the show for four movie-length episodes on Netflix. Bad Santa does not even get a mention, and other works like Parenthood a briefly mentioned but hardly discussed.

I really hope Lauren may find it within one day to write her story. A beautiful and talented woman and I am sure she has quite an interesting backstory. For me, this book was little more than a manual you may pick up if you visited the set, not unlike the 'programs' you can buy at a rock concert or sporting event.
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160 reviews77 followers
January 8, 2017
This was so fun to read! I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan and have been for about 12 years now. From the 4 years spent watching reruns of Seasons 1-7 every morning on ABC Family from 10am-noon to the binge watching A Year in the Life on Netflix I couldn't get enough of the show, so this inside look told from one of my favorite characters was perfect. First off I'd like to point out how much this felt like Lorelai. Honestly Lauren Graham was born for this role, I couldn't imagine any other actress, and I doubt anyone else could, playing Lorelai Gilmore. This entire book was fast, loud, hilarious, fun and you can just feel how incredibly down to earth Lauren is in real life and in role. It's not entirely about Gilmore Girls though, so we see how and what Lauren had to go through to get to where she is now. One thing I loved was when Lauren mentions that Gilmore Girls became known as the show where the characters talk fast because, random fact, I live in Connecticut and though I desperately wish Stars Hollow was a real town here, I can admit I talk SO fast so I 110% relate to this. (I know talking fast isn't a CT thing but I like to think it is :)) I also loved the pictures she threw in there to help bring her story together. One thing I need to say is that if you have NOT yet watched A Year in the Life on Netflix you cannot read the last 25% of this book since there are spoilers, so before reading I highly recommend watching that first because honestly the last 25% was my favorite. This is a definite must read for all GG fans out there!
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394 reviews97 followers
December 23, 2017
Lauren Graham writes as she speaks (as if I really know). What I'm saying is, I can clearly hear her voice while I read her words on the page. Her personality is evident. Maybe it's the voice of Lorelei Gilmore I'm hearing, but hey since she created the character, then I think it's at least a resemblance of Lauren in real life. The book is full of self deprecating, “don't take me too seriously because I wouldn't do that myself” humor. Behind that perky witticism, I see a very intelligent person, one who worked hard without leaving the fun or other people behind. Uh-oh, is my crush on Lauren Graham showing? Oh well, I think I'm in the company of many.

Here's something I didn't know before opening the pages of Talking as Fast as I Can: Lauren is in a long-time relationship with Peter Krause (co-star in Parenthood). Darn it!! So just where have I been? Obviously, not keeping up on Hollywood gossip. But the one thing I did do was watch Gilmore Girls. I'm admitting it here. No embarrassment required.

What else did I learn? Graham pretty much knew early on that acting was for her. Not that Hollywood was her goal. From what I could tell, it was stage acting that drew her initial desire, and the TV screen just came with time, the right call, and a lot of long days in between. When Gilmore Girls came along, it almost didn't happen due to a conflict with another show. Thankfully (funny to say), that show fell through. Also, there was no on-screen audition test with Alexis Bledel, who would play her daughter, before hiring. Their chemistry occurred naturally from the first day on the set. And the rest of the show is as they say, history – until the reboot nearly a decade later.

PS. There's a lot more in this book. Some of it comes as humorous, not-so-much-advice to her readers. I liked that too, because I like her. The best parts though? Those were the parts I learned about Lauren herself.
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416 reviews1,069 followers
July 15, 2022
Gilmore Girls raised me, so this book really hit me in the feels. I love Lauren Graham and Lorelai Gilmore so much. ❤️
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688 reviews3,625 followers
April 21, 2018
4.5/5 stars.
This was really good! Lauren Graham writes about her life on a funny (at times maybe a bit too funny) note and I loved it. Being a fan of Gilmore Girls, it was amazing to get a backstage view on what it was like doing that show, but it was equally as enthralling to read about Lauren’s childhood, young adulthood and about her journey to become an actress.
The last bonus chapter in this edition I read added something special, and the very last page almost teared me up - Lauren wraps everything up beautifully and satisfies the heart of every Gilmore Girls fan. I was a fan of this book and am very inclined to now pick up one of Lauren’s novels; just to see if she writes fiction as well as she writes non-fiction :)
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