8 Jul 2019

Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
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.

When the world strikes us down, we have to channel our own inner Franny Banks' to get back up. 

I purchased this book on a whim a year ago when I was on a layover in Chicago. I thought that I would need something to read on the bus to the airport and on the flight back home. I didn't pick it up back then, obviously, since I purchased around forty books on that layover and needed to check it all in to hold. 

Franny has set herself a deadline in succeeding in the Big Apple. All she wants is to become a famous, money earning actress, not just the silly girl from the post-midnight commercials. The book contains pages of her Filofax that she dutifully fills up with interviews and auditions. Her entire journey in the city is a struggle to stay afloat. 

I loved the determination in Franny, her wit, her resilience to make it even if the universe was against her. She has her weak moments, like all of us do, that's what makes us humans. And that's what Someday, Someday, Maybe was for me; an honest slice of life that anyone could be living right now. We make bad decisions sometimes, we bear the consequences, we eat a tub of ice cream once in a while. The entire cast of characters was rounded, believable, and most importantly they were relatable. 

If you're looking for that charming summer read this is the book for you. Lauren Graham's wit shines through the writing, and for the fans of Gilmore Girls, you can definitely sense some of Lorelai's attitude in Franny. 

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