- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 30, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0345532740
- Source: Big Honcho Media
Three years ago, Franny Banks gave herself a deadline. By the end of the deadline, if she hadn’t yet made it on Broadway she would go back home. Six months are now left and she has yet to meet this deadline. She waits tables at a comedy club to make ends meet, not really the “important work” she was hoping to do. Her only chance to be “discovered” is during a showcase for her acting class. She has to keep her mind focused, yet when James Franklin, the most talented (and attractive) actor in her class begins to indicate an interest in her, Franny has a hard time keeping her head, staying true to who she really is.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a heartfelt, and extremely humorous, glimpse of a young woman trying to succeed in one of the post competitive of occupations in the most competitive city. Franny is an incredibly bright and talented young woman with a witty sense of humor, yet unfortunately she doesn’t realize it. Even the most heartbreaking of situations have a humorous spin on them, adding a bit of levity to what has the potential of being a dark and depressing novel. Each chapter starts with images of Franny’s Filofax, following her progress to the deadline with comical notes and drawings.
The secondary characters are rich and well developed. Franny’s best friend and roommate, Jane, has a starring role in Franny’s life, offering her the support and confidence needed to make a future in acting. Danny, their other roommate, is an aspiring sci-fi writer and sees Franny for the smart and talented woman she is. When she begins to stray from her roots, it is Danny that reels her back down to earth.
Admittedly, while I was extremely excited to see that Lauren Graham was writing a novel, I was also a tad bit wary. Some actresses that take the leap and write fiction have tragic outcomes. Thankfully, Graham doesn’t fall in that category! I can’t help but wonder how much of her life is reflected in Franny’s story considering the timing of her acting debut fits that of Franny’s.
A tremendously endearing and heartwarming read, Someday, Someday, Maybe follows Franny through her path of self-discovery, finding a niche that is both respectful and suits her as an individual. Those looking to branch out into acting would truly appreciate this novel as it provides some of the dark side of the trade not obviously evident. If you are looking for a light, heartwarming read, Someday, Someday, Maybe is the book for you. Highly recommended!
Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook of this title, narrated by Lauren herself!
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