1. Graham, Lauren. Someday, Someday, Maybe. 2013 – reading the back of this book pulled me in immediately. first of all, it takes place in 1995! I LOVE ALL THINGS 90s! secondly, the main character lives in park slope! she is chasing her dream of being an actress. she reminded me of myself, sometimes ballsy, often running late, untamable hair, close with her father, often insecure, but going after it all anyway.
it was written by lauren graham, who i’ve always liked (her debut novel!). my mom and i watched a fair amount of gilmore girls in our day (single mother, daughter, grandmother.. it fit.) — it’s something about lauren grahams style and sense of humor that works for me.. the roles she played and what she’s done with those characters (in both tv and film.) i was genuinely excited to see what she had to say.. and how she wrote. as we all know, i love love love reading female narratives.
i took this book to LA with me, read it on the trains in NY and mostly on a trip down to savannah. it’s 350 pages long but was a breeze through (esp for traveling when you need to escape.) i am a strong believer in the need for an easy, funny, light hearted, relatable and romantic book to dive into. which is honestly all i’d thought this book would be. BUT, it was really sharp and funny, and real. the characters were great and easily brought to life. with my interest in acting and story-telling, graham’s invitation into that world (in the 90′s, in NY) was one of my favorite parts.
another favorite part would have to be that it takes place in my neighborhood! it was as if i was able to jump into the pages and walk the streets with franny (our main character, you’ll love her.) i knew the mentioned intersections, the described feeling of walking the streets, what it’s like to see john turturro in a cafe, an obsession with bagels, the brownstones, neighbors, and the way park slope is different past 5th avenue (and knowing why a boy would live there.) what had me rolling was when franny is on a phone call, distracting herself by watching customers flow in and out of “THE MUFFIN CAFE” – ‘a ramshackle little store” — on 7th & Union! too good (explanation: this cafe in real life is where i spent a year of my life, struggling just like franny.. feeling totally desperate I couldn’t have loved this more.. i wonder if LG lives in the slope? where i worked is called “connecticut muffin” ha ha!)
the love stories in this book are also non-irritating. all my other light hearted frolics lately have had bad love lines, but we’re talking hunger games, 50 shades, twilight. anyway, as much as franny is searching for love, she is not defining herself by it. it really was a great story about a girl working hard and desperately for her dreams. i admit that i wish she still existed in this hood so that i could sometimes commiserate with someone. it very nicely captures the struggle and magic in brooklyn. i was sad to finish it! (wonder if there will be a sequel?)
“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”— Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again
“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries
SOOO! get this!
i am super pleased to announce that i have TWO COPIES of this book to giveaway!
you know me, always pushing people to read more, giving books as presents to everyone i know. now i get to share it here. happy dance!
leave me a comment below with your name and e-mail address. two people will be selected randomly.
good luck and happy reading!
(Thank you Random House!)
picture from my 365
Update: Congrats Krystal and Linda for winning a copy of the book!