Someday, Someday, Maybe
By: Lauren Graham
Pub. Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Bellantine Books
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.
One of the reasons I love Graham so much is how fun and quirky she can be, but she can also be serious when she has to be. That same personality is clearly evident in the writing and in Franny's character. Franny has given herself a deadline. If she can not become a serious actress during that time then she will go home. With her deadline quickly approaching she is doing everything she possibly can to achieve her dream.
I really liked Franny's character. At times she could be a little annoying and stupid, especially when it came to guys, but I also thought she was loyal, smart and true to herself. She reminded me a lot of me. Especially when she set all of those everyday goals for herself and never followed through with them! I thought she was written very realistically. I don't think it would have been hard for anyone to feel a connection with her. Franny grows a lot throughout the novel. She went from doing everything wrong, to finally figuring out who she is and what she stands for.
While Someday, Someday, Maybe is very predictable, it is still a fun, feel good, good time. I am very excited to see if Graham will continue writing YA!