“But life doesn’t often spell things out for you or give you what you want exactly when you want it, otherwise it wouldn’t be called life, it would be called vending machine.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller. “This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”
Feelings: There were a lot of great moments in this book. I’m talking about nuggets of pure gold hilarity that let me to literally laughing out loud in my car or while I was folding laundry. Lauren Graham has a way of writing and reading in a way that makes you feel close to her, like you’re old friends and you’ve always been this way. There was 1 chapter in particular where I felt like she was speaking directly to me, encouraging me in the exact way that I needed her to.
One thing I really appreciated about this book was Lauren’s candidness. (I’m calling her Lauren. Look at us, we’re friends already!) She talks about what interviews are like, how Hollywood people view food and what not to eat/wear/exercise with, and she reveals what the casting and network communication process is like. Those are things that most of us wonder, but never really get insight into. I also loved when she talked about the writing process. I’ve always tossed around the idea of writing a book, but just thinking about the time commitment and pressure stresses me out. She gave me some really practical ideas.
Issues: She references pictures like 20 times. That’s a downside to the audiobook specifically because we got zero visuals. Sometimes when you get an audiobook, you also get something to download that shows you pictures of footnotes. That would have been really nice to have with this book. (You guys….after posting this review, I realized that when you get the audiobook, you also get a PDF of all the pictures. Would have been nice to know that sooner! So my advice is to make sure you download them BEFORE you hit that play button.)
She covered quite a few topics and seasons of her life throughout this collection of essays. However, she doesn’t really dig too terribly deep in any of them. She digs deep into her memory bank, yes, but it all ended up staying on the surface level overall.
Finally, she talks about the time crunch she was under the write the book MULTIPLE times. In the end, it made me feel like she was rushing just to finish. I mean I get it..she had a lot going on…but it took away from the realness and warmth of the book itself to constantly remind us that she needs to hurry and finish.
Narrator: I love when authors narrate their own audiobooks especially when it’s a work of non-fiction. We as human beings are able to relate our own memories better than anyone else ever could. As a narrator, independent of the writing itself, I’d give Lauren Graham 5 stars. She’s quirky and funny. Her voice changes as the tone in the writing does. She made me laugh out loud and sit in my car before work to mop up my tears. I probably wouldn’t have had the same reaction if I’d been reading the print version on my own.
Final thoughts: If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls or Parenthood (especially if you’re fans of both) then I’d recommend this book simply for the insights into behind the scenes of those shows. If you’re interested in a short, fun audiobook listen then I’d recommend this book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book!
Pick this up if you liked:
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Goodreads rating: 4.15/5
Audible.com rating: 4.8/5
My rating: 4.25/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn