A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.
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. – Goodreads
My library has this book in the romance section, and I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I found it to be better suited in the fiction section. I didn’t find this to be a book about love, I found it more to be a book about finding oneself.
Set in the mid-90s, Franny is a struggling actress in NYC. Her father doesn’t completely understand her need to be an actress and wants her to come home. Her best friend Jane wants her to be herself, and Dan is there while Franny is struggling to be herself while getting “serious” acting jobs. The problem is the serious acting jobs aren’t there and that’s hard for Franny. Everyone is telling her that she is perfect for acting, but no one is choosing her and she has this shit waitressing job that is effecting her.
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed Franny’s personality and how this was firmly set in the 90s. Filofax, phone booths, discussing an answering machine, it was never kitschy, just truthful. I also enjoyed the setting, you could tell that Graham obviously knew about NYC in the 90s and how painful it could be. What was also hilarious, was how Graham, made a point to discuss actual love triangles in the novel and discuss how funny they are. I loved that because we all know love triangles exist but no one ever discusses them. Graham made the story so sweet, and often hard to read because your heart went out for Franny who had to make her own mistakes, while still trying to survive in the world.
This was a hard book to read. Not material wise, but the fact that for the longest time I couldn’t get my hands on it. My audio copy from the library was messed up, my book copy from the library was messed up. It seems the higher power did not want me to read Someday, Someday, Maybe. But, am I glad I did. Although the first quarter of the book was a bit rough and hard, from there it really did pick up and I do highly recommend it.