Book Review #1: “Someday, Someday, Maybe”

The girls of No Boys Allowed Reviews had our first book club meeting Tuesday night (via video chat), to discuss Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe.

We discovered some very important things.

Firstly, Google Hangouts provides users with the option to accessorize. Who knew?! As you chat, you can choose to wear a Viking beard and a golden crown against an icy background of the fjords. You can transform yourself into an adorable kitten, a frightening clown, a pillaging pirate, or an adventure-seeking snorkeler. You can turn your all girl’s book club into an old boys’ club, each lady becoming mustachioed with a single click. And who wouldn’t want that? It’s so tongue-in-(stubbled)-cheek!

We also learned that only one of us (which is surprising, as more than half of us were English majors!) had read Franny & Zooey (J.D. Salinger’s novella, after which Graham’s protagonist, Franny Banks was named). Apparently, in said stories, Franny is a girl and Zooey, perplexingly enough, is a boy! This sent us off on a long tangent about how we’d never known a boy named Zooey, and how in fact, aside from (aside from Zooey Deschanel, of course), none of us had a reference point for the name Zooey, at all! This was soon countered by a meekly mumbled, “Wasn’t there a muppet named Zoe?” And then excited exclamations about what we remembered the muppet, who may or may not have been named Zoe, to look like. In case you need a reminder, there absolutely was and still is a muppet called Zoe, who’s a character on Sesame Street. We didn’t remember much about her, except for the fact that she was orange… but what was revealed upon googling was a little disconcerting. Zoe seems like she might need a hangout sesh with us forward-thinking women.

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She loves cooking, the color pink, and her boyfriend!

She’s clearly let societal norms and the media dictate to her who she’s supposed to be, as a lady muppet.

And finally, we discovered what we actually gathered together to discover: what each of us thought of our first read, Someday, Someday, Maybe. 

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“From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.”It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.”

Generally,we liked it. As a group, we found that Someday, Someday, Maybe was able to break 3.5 out of 5 locks on our chastity belts.

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Visit page 2 to find out more about what each of us specifically liked and didn’t like, in turn!

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6 Responses to Book Review #1: “Someday, Someday, Maybe”

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  2. Meredith says:

    I’m so glad you loved it so much bc I did too! I’m DEFINTELY a chick lit fan and still found the book refreshing. I also absolutely pictured a young Lauren Graham as Franny and James Franco as James Franklin. Whatcha reviewing next?! (Hope to see you soon)

  3. It’s awesome to hear the word “love.” I couldn’t get much more than “like” out of anyone here. Fear of commitment, maybe? I’d expect less of that in this particular corner of the internet! (Just kidding, ladies. I know you were being honest and earnest and upfront, and just genuinely weren’t feelin’ it. I’m sure Lauren Graham would never accuse you of leading her on or of playing with her heart. Your views were prompt and direct!).

    Our next review is… a secret! And I honestly haven’t even started it yet, haha. But from what I’m hearing from those who have, it’s wildly different from “Someday, Someday, Maybe.” And there may be lots of apprehension and dislike.

    Thanks for reading – and I hope to see you soon, too!

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