Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

ImageTitle: Someday, Someday, Maybe

Author: Lauren Graham

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: I think that I might have projected too many expectations upon this book and was therefore bound to be disappointed. Was I expecting to get some spunk? Yes. Was I expecting to get a character like Lorelai Gilmore? I think so… If I wanted those things, however, then I would have needed for this book to have been written by the creators and writing team behind the show Gilmore Girls.

As far as stories went I found this one to be very predictable. Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City who has given herself three years to achieve progress within her career. With her deadline now quickly approaching, she finds herself in a frenzy of life-altering activity. The relationship she had relied on for the past three years as a back-up plan has fizzled, the showcase put on by her acting class has resulted in callbacks with two agents (one agent resides in a shabby office but makes her feel warm, while the other has big-shot clients and makes her feel uneasy), and she has caught the attention of an up-and-coming actor on the sly. Money woes are always a concern for her, but now so too are the feelings she is developing for her male roommate, Dan.

As a reader of this review, where do you see this story going? I can almost guarantee you that your idea of plot progression will be spot on. There is nothing deep or interesting about this book. Most of the characters do not engage with the reader nor are they very developed. When I think of Lauren Graham I think of witty conversation, yet we got so very little of that in this book. The story picks up some pace towards the second half, but there is not enough substance to achieve originality or be memorable. Such a shame.

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