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 in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.
Meanwhile, she dreams of doing "important" work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It's hard to tell if she'll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won't call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.
Many people picked up the book because the author, Lauren Graham, is apparently a famous actress from Gilmore Girls. But I never really watched this series so I didn’t know her. I picked up this book because the synopsis looked interesting and it looked as this book could be funny. And I was right this book was great and it made me laugh. Another great thing about this book is that you can see from the inside how young actresses and other people in the film/showbiz struggle to get their first job. The book wasn’t an autobiography, but even then I’m pretty sure that almost all actresses and actor have endured the whole process of many rejections before they got a part in a series or a movie that led them to the recognition they have now.
Franny the protagonist was easy to like, she’s smart and funny but also insecure especially about her talent as actress and about her looks. But these insecurities are what make her a realistic character. And then you got the two guys James and Dan. James is the successful actor with the good looks and Dan is the writer who is struggling to make a career as a screenwriter. Most of the time I hate a love triangle, but this time it was a good one. It was there, but it didn’t overwhelm the plotline, which I liked. Last but not least you got Jane, Franny’s best friend, if you put Jane an Franny together than fun is guaranteed!
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. Did she get together with that one guy or not? Did she get a job that job she auditioned for or not? And did she become a respected actress or not? I don’t like it if I have still so many questions after finishing a book. But don’t let this stop you because this book was great!
Author: Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballatine Books
Pages: 344 (Hardback)
Publishing date: April 30th 2013