Pick of the Week: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

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When I picked up this book, I was a little skeptical of an actor writing fiction, but Lauren Graham won me over with this funny, charming novel.  Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, taking acting class and waiting tables to get by.  She's given herself three years to "make it," after which, she figures, she'll stop pursuing her acting career if she hasn't had any success.  The book follows Franny through various escapades in acting class, commercial auditions, meetings with agents, even a movie premiere, and follows her ups and downs in her career and her romantic life.  Things don't work out the way Franny expects them to, and yet everything comes together exactly as it should.

The book's chapters are punctuated by handwritten entries in Franny's day planner, complete with doodles, grocery lists, and a mileage log for her daily runs.  These pages embody Franny's quirky, self-deprecating character (not unlike Graham's character on the TV show Gilmore Girls).  Graham has given Franny a wry, humorous voice, and Franny always comes up with snappy one-liners, even if she’s feeling overwhelmed by awkward situations.  She’s an endearing character, someone I’d like to hang out with.  Franny is much more courageous and talented than she’s willing to acknowledge, and I went through the novel cheering her on.  Pick up this book and you probably will too!

- Andrea Larson, alarson@cooklib.org

Andrea Larson works as a Readers' Advisor at Cook Park Library and loves to connect great people with great books.  She'll read or watch pretty much anything (except horror -- she's kind of a wimp that way).  She's currently working on her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.