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.
What would you do when you dream of success but can’t quite figure out a way to achieve it?
Franny had talents. She knew things wouldn’t just happen for her. She’s willing to do a lot of things to achieve her dream but she also knew that if she didn’t set a deadline for her goal, she could become one of those people who called themselves actors when they’re doing plenty of things that made them busy but none of those things were related to acting. So, after not being successful in securing an acting job for two and a half years, Franny panicked. She started doubting a lot of things about herself and her choices. When she began to attract attention from people for reasons that she’d never expected, she wondered if she should simply ignore her inner conflict and grab onto the opportunity. Was that really her only chance to achieve what she had wanted?
I like Franny a lot. She is funny, sincere, self-deprecating in the most adorable way and humble. She loves her dad but because she doesn’t want to go home and teach, she avoids talking with her dad over the phone. Their voice messages are witty and funny and I can relate to the awkward feelings that Franny has. It’s hard not to love her when all she’s trying to do is get herself the chance to achieve her goal in a realistic way.
I also like the friendship that she has with her roommates. Jane is a long-time trustworthy friend and Dan is a sensible, sensitive guy who works at making his writing dream come true. They are both supportive and generous and I really like how they help to pull Franny out of her own self-distrust. Throughout the story, Franny has her moments of doubt and while it’s sad to see her feeling anxious and helpless, her thoughts are perceptive, surprisingly realistic and irresistibly hilarious.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the story. If you’re in the mood to pick up something charming, witty and funny, get a copy of Someday, Someday, Maybe. You may just like the story as much as I did.