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May 21, 2013

On Reading the NY Times Bestseller SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE

As an avid fan of both Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, I was instantly intrigued by the news that actress Lauren Graham was releasing a novel --- SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE. Thankfully, got the book right into my hands. 
Lauren Graham is probably best known for her portrayal of Lorelai Gilmore, the fast-talking pop culture fact-spewing mother of a dynamic mother/daughter duo. As I began, SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE, I had my fingers mentally crossed that Lauren's fast wit and sassy humor translated to the written word. 
Although Graham claims that the book is not based on her own life, anyone who takes a look at her Wikipedia page can see the resemblance between Franny Banks, the main protagonist, and Graham. 
The story takes place in 1995 in New York, and Franny is a struggling actress with a self-imposed ticking deadline. She comes to the ultimatum that if she does not get her lucky break in acting within the next six months that she’ll give up, go home, start teaching and marry her college boyfriend. The story takes us through those six months and the long journey to success, ending with Franny finally signing with an agency. 
The book is filled with wonderfully eccentric characters. Franny’s best friend Jane is cuttingly witty, that gives a shimmer of positive energy in light of Franny’s many career challenges. I found myself experiencing self-anxiety as I watched Franny lose her waitressing job, get dropped by her agent, break up with her loser actor boyfriend and struggle to pay the bills. The book ended on an ultimately positive note, if not a little up in the air --- Franny finds a new agent she is more comfortable with and a potential new love interest. The story’s message is one of perseverance and to keep hope in spite of life’s many hardships.
In a similar light, as a struggling twentysomething trying to make it the publishing industry, each of Franny’s letdowns hit accurately and painfully close to home. Graham perfectly captured the anxieties of being a twentysomething which made it a refreshing and relatable read.
Luckily, SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE is included in our Beach Bag of Books giveaway. To be one of five winners, click here to enter and learn more about other great titles included in the summer-long feature and contest.