It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates - her best friend, Jane; and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer - are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols, Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet.
But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything - and finding a hair product combination that works.
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.
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By S. Matthewman on 08-07-13
Warm, funny take on the life of a struggling actor
Where does Someday, Someday, Maybe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's great – quite a bit shorter than most of the books I tend to read, but I was in the mood for something lighter and shorter, and it fit the bill perfectly.
Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Graham? Why or why not?
I'd definitely listen to more stuff either by, or just read by, Lauren Graham again. She has a bone-dry delivery, matched by her writing, that allows both humour and pathos to come through.
What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
There's an inherent advantage to the author reading their own work anyway – you hear the dialogue in the voices, and with the cadences, that best deliver the humorous or the romantic lines without risk of misinterpretation.But Graham being a now-successful actress who would have been at the point of her career where Franny is in the mid-90s adds additional levels. Not only can we choose to believe that there is an element of autobiography in there (whether there is or is not), we know that, at the very least, the situations in which Franny finds herself are real. And that makes her more real to us as a result.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
She's given herself three years to make it as an actor. Maybe this time…
Any additional comments?
In print, there are visual depictions of the heroine Franny's Filofax diary, which break up the narrative at key points. It took me a while to discover that Audible places a PDF version of those pages in your library (they've since added a note to the book's description to this effect) – it's worth keeping them to hand so that you can read them at the appropriate points.
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By Simi on 31-12-17
Beautifully written in simple words, easy to read/listen to. All I can say is that this is a very Lauren Graham book, it's funny, entertaining and positive from the beginning to the last line. The fact that's read by the author is a big plus, her happy voice brings the story to life and makes you feel like you're almost part of it.
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By Mia on 01-05-13
If you love Lauren Graham get this
Would you try another book from Lauren Graham and/or Lauren Graham?
Yes. With a stricter editor.
Would you recommend Someday, Someday, Maybe to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes. A romantic comedy for your ears. Some chapters reminds me more of a memoir than fiction.
What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Could you see Someday, Someday, Maybe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Elisa on 05-05-13
A Fun read
Any additional comments?
I was doing one of my random selection of books to read when I bought this. I had no idea what to expect frankly, but this turned out to be quite a fun and light read. The plot and the story itself isn't that deep, but there are sever quite hilarious scenes. However, there w3re some times when I wasn't quite sure where one person finished speaking and the next began, though I think it's more due to the format of the book than the narrater. The narrator suits this read. She's funny and could capture the way the MC speaks and I thought her sound affects all adds to the listening experience.
Should you read this? Well, if you are looking for a book to have a laugh and are purely wanting for some entertainment, then yes. It's a fun book to relax with, but lack any hardcore plot twists and developments like in the authors I usually like reading.
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