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Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

byLauren Graham

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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.

Praise for Someday, Someday, Maybe
 

“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true.”The Washington Post
 
“A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal
 
“Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong
 
“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
 

“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series
Lauren Graham is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She li...
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Title:Someday, Someday, Maybe: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.99 × 5.18 × 0.79 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Impressed! I wasn't sure what to expect from an actress whose work I know very well, but she definitely is a strong writer! There are things that need work, I thought the plot and characters could be a bit more developed, but a very strong debut! I look forward to her next book.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! I love her! It was a great treat to read her point of view on different aspects of life. Beautifully written. I wasn't disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An incredible debut! I read this book a few years ago, but I absolutely loved it. So enlightening to the ups and downs of the life of an aspiring actor, and I thought the characters and situations were very easy to relate to and realistic. It was a wonderful read.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting, Funny, and Beautifully Written! This book has it all, for me at least. The story was about the main character, well obviously, but I mean that it wasn't about the main character's love life (for the most part) it was about HER! Her trials and tribulations, the ways in which she set out to achieve her goals, it was inspiring. I loved the way it was written, but I may be biased because I am a huge fan of Lauren Graham. This book just left me with such a giant smile on my face every single time I managed to pry it out of my hands long enough to go to bed. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gentle quick read A gentle, quick and easy read that's a nice introduction to the authors slight quirkiness and knowledge of the "business"
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from prefer the audiobook If you can listen to the audiobook instead of reading it, i liked it better
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Debut Novel I'm a fan of Lauren Graham and thought this was a good debut novel. It's a nice, light read.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK While this wasn't the most engaging story, I think Lauren Graham proved she could write. I think a little practice will do her good. Still prefer her memoir though.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was Disappointed I am one of those people that is a huge fan of Lauren Graham so I was very excited when I heard she wrote a book and bought it immediately, maybe its because I had such high hopes but I found this book didn't have the charming presence that she carries.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love love love I read this after reading Lauren's Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls book and loved it. Graham received a lot of criticism for this novel and story. People said it was too autobiographical but I enjoyed it and I think she did the character justice. I do not believe this book would have been possible without Graham's experiences, the same experiences which made people label it autobiographical. After all, don't "they" say you should write what you know?! Chapter 31 - Dan's message for Franny - ABSOLUTELY LOVE Chapter 32 - If you're not grinning the entire time then what are you doing?! Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent decent read nothing more nothing less
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 stars by the skin of its teeth I really wanted to like this because I love that Lauren Graham wrote it. But after finishing it a few hours ago, my reaction to it is still the same: it isn't great, it isn't terrible, it's just fine. I didn't find it "laugh-out-loud funny" even though it had its moments. The main character was a a bit annoying - having an inner struggle with yourself or your chosen life path is totally fine. But it was so painfully evident on the outside that I wanted to yell at Franny that the reason she's having trouble finding acting jobs is that she practically tells everyone she meets that she doesn't think she's good enough to do anything. If she doesn't believe it, how can she expect an agent or casting director to do so either? Plus her obsession with James is predictable and eye-roll worthy from the beginning. And by her age, she should already be well-aware that a guy who doesn't actually proudly take you out in public is a guy who, at best, isn't serious about you. Move on, Franny! The Dan thing is also a bit strange. He's kind and sweet, but he goes from being this awkward roommate to who we're supposed to be rooting for without any real transition. I did love Franny's dad and his adorable voicemails. He's quirky and funny, and as supportive as good dads should be. I love the bit about them all watching Neighbor Frank. All in all, I don't regret reading it and would try something else by Graham, but I also wouldn't read it again and would only hesitantly recommend this to friends.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Read I really enjoyed this book. It had a cool 90s vibe to it and it was easy to relate to. It made me feel better that I'm not the only one achieving my "plan"! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read This was a great read, such an interesting take on the world around the main character.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For an actress-turned-author, a good effort I agree with other reviewers, it's good chick-lit and a light summer read. Funny and entertaining! Love LG!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Cozy Book I read this book at the cottage in the summer and fell in love with it, I finished it tin one sitting. The main character Franny is so hilarious and relatable. I also loved how it was set in New York. I tell all my friends to read this book.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read Good book for the summer, finished it pretty quickly... loved the main character in the book, she was very quirky
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy summer read I purchased this book as I'm a Gilmore Girls fan, and I guess you could say the story was predictable. It was the perfect book for reading whilst you are laying by the pool in the summer.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok I keep giving her chances but her writing and stories don't move me
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book! Love Lauren's humour.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book! Love Lauren's humour.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable As an actress at the beginning of my career, I really enjoyed this book. It really detailed the struggle of the day to day life of an actress just starting out. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a little boost in their life.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I bought this book on a whim because I LOVE Lauren Graham! I actually loved it. It was an easy, interesting read! I loved how easy it was to relate to Franny!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This was a fun, yet touching story that I would recommend to anyone that has a passion and needs motivation to keep reaching for their goals. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I bought this book and I loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Story was ok. Good commute book.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book great book for Christmas presents
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute I thought this was a very enjoyable read, Franny Banks was a very loveable character, felt like real life. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didn't love it It was an okay read, but I was expecting more from Lauren Graham.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, charming, and wonderfully written. I had no idea Lauren Graham wrote a novel and I had no idea what to expect going in (and must admit that I wasn't exactly blown away at the beginning) but I ended up really liking this book. The book is about a struggling actress in New York City but is written in a way that allows everyone who's ever struggled with finding their place in the world without compromising their ideals to identify with Franny's story. The story feels semi-autobiographical and I was definitely picturing a young Lauren as Franny, which made it all the more poignant for me in certain moments. I really enjoyed the way this book was written; it has a unique style that almost combines a novel with a screenplay at times, which I thought was very clever. The writing is smart, quick, and refreshingly straightforward (in the best possible sense of the word). I hope to see Lauren Graham on several more dust jackets in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Recommend!! absolutely love this book, a must read!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, Charming, and Amusing Quick light hearted read filled with adorable characters and life situations!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet This book personifies the witty and charming personality that we see Lauren Graham embodying in her life as an actress, and it's enjoyable from start to finish. It's very light, the perfect book to read in one sitting by the pool or curled up by the fire. The characters of loveable, and you find yourself genuinely rooting for them from start to finish. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Being the Gilmore Girls lover I am, when I saw Lauren Graham wrote a book I knew I had to read it! And I'm glad I did! It was entertaining and I enjoyed the characters. I wouldn't say it's an amazing book but a good light read.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great I love Lauren Graham and Parenthood, the TV show she currently stars in and I was excited to read this book. I love the cover and the subject matter- a young woman in her 20s living in NYC trying to make it in the acting world. She's taking acting classes, going to lots of auditions, scraping by on what she makes on her waitressing shifts, and navigating her boy problems. While I did enjoy reading the novel and I would describe it as a light, relaxing read it ended up being good but not great. The ending was, for me, disappointing. One of those endings that leaves me saying "Oh, that's it?" I would say if you are really interested in this book go ahead and give it a try but if you're not sure you can probably find a better novel in this category.
Date published: 2014-04-16

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Chapter 1“Begin whenever you’re ready,” comes the voice from the back of the house. Oh, I’m ready. After all, I’ve prepared for this day for years: The Day of the Most Important Audition of a Lifetime Day. Now that it’s finally here, I’m going to make a good impression, I’m sure of it. I might even book the job. The thought makes me smile, and I take a deep breath, head high, body alert, but relaxed. I’m ready, alright. I’m ready to speak my first line.“Eeessssaaheeehaaa.” The sound that comes out of me is thin and high, a shrill wheezing whine, like a slowly draining balloon or a drowning cat with asthma. Shake it off. Don’t get rattled. Try again.I clear my throat.“Haaaaaawwrrrblerp.” Now my tone is low and gravelly, the coarse horn of a barge coming into shore, with a weird burping sound at the end. “Hawrblerp?” That can’t be my line. I don’t think it’s even a word. Oh, God, I hope they don’t think I actually burped. It was really more of a gargle, I tell myself—although I don’t know which is worse. I can just picture the scene, post-audition: That actress? We brought her in and she positively belched all over the dialogue. Is she any good? Well, I suppose you could use her, if the part calls for lots of gargling. Sounds of cruel laughter, phones slamming into receivers, 8 × 10 glossies being folded into paper airplanes and aimed into waste paper baskets. Career over, the end.“Franny?” I can’t see who’s speaking because the spotlight is so bright, but they’re getting impatient, I can tell. My heart is pounding and my palms are starting to sweat. I’ve got to find my voice, or they’ll ask me to leave. Or worse—they’ll drag me off stage with one of those giant hooks you see in old movies. In Elizabethan times the audience would throw rotten eggs at the actors if they didn’t like a performance. They don’t still do that, do they? This is Broadway, or at least, I think it is. They wouldn’t just throw—The tomato bounces off my leg and onto the bare wood floor of the stage.Splat.“Franny? Franny?”I open my eyes halfway. I can see from the window above my bed that it’s another gray and drizzly January day. I can see that because I took the curtains down right after Christmas in order to achieve one of my New ­Year’s resolutions, of becoming an earlier riser. Successful actresses are disciplined people who wake up early to focus on their craft, I told ­myself—­even ones who still make their living as ­waitresses—­like me. I started leaving the alarm clock on the landing between ­Jane’s room and mine so I’d have to actually get out of bed in order to turn it off, instead of hitting snooze over and over like I normally do. I also resolved to quit smoking again, to stop losing purses, wallets, and umbrellas, and to not eat any more cheese puffs, not even on special occasions. But I already had two cigarettes yesterday, and although the sun is obscured by the cloudy sky, I’m fairly certain it is far from my new ­self-­appointed rising time of eight a.m. My ­three-­day abstinence from cheese puffs and the umbrella still downstairs by the front door are my only accomplishments of the year so far.“Franny?”Only ­half-­awake, I roll over and squint down at the pitted wood floor by my bed, where I notice one black leather Reebok ­high-­top lying on its side. ­That’s strange. It’s ­mine—­one of my waitressing ­shoes—­but I thought I’d left them outside ­the—­thwack!—­a second Reebok whizzes by, hitting the dust ruffle and disappearing underneath.“Franny? Sorry, you didn’t respond to my knocking?” Dan’s voice is muffled and anxious from behind my bedroom door. “I ­didn’t hit you with the shoe, did I?”Ahhh, it was my shoe that hit me on the leg, not a tomato. What a relief.“I dreamed it was a tomato!” I yell at the half-open door.“You want me to come back later?” Dan calls back anxiously.“Come in!” I should probably get out of bed and put Dan out of his misery, but it’s so cold. I just want one more minute in bed.“What? Sorry, Franny, I can’t quite hear you. You asked me to make sure you were up, remember?”I suppose I did, but I’m still too groggy to focus on the details. Normally I would’ve asked our other roommate, my best friend, Jane, but she’s been working nights as a P.A. on that new Russell Blakely movie. Since Dan moved into the bedroom downstairs a few months ago, I haven’t noticed much about him except how unnecessarily tall he is, how many hours he spends writing at the computer, and the intense fear he seems to have about coming upon either of us when we’re not decent.“Dan! Come in!“You’re decent?”In fact, I went to sleep in an outfit that far exceeds decent, even by Dan’s prudish standards: heavy sweatpants and a down vest I grabbed last night after the radiator in my room sputtered and spat hot water on the floor, then completely died with a pathetic hiss. But that’s what you get in Park Slope Brooklyn for $500 a month each.Jane and I had shared the top two floors of this crumbling brownstone with Bridget, our friend from college, until the day Bridget climbed on top of her desk at the investment banking firm where she worked and announced that she no longer cared about becoming a millionaire by the time she turned thirty. “Everyone here is dead inside!” she screamed. Then she fainted and they called an ambulance, and her mother flew in from Missoula to take her home.“New York City,” Bridget’s mother clucked as she packed up the last of her daughter’s things. “It’s no place for young girls.”Jane’s brother was friends with Dan at Princeton, and assured us that Dan was harmless: quiet and responsible and engaged to be married to his college girlfriend, Everett. “He was pre-med, but now he’s trying to be some sort of screenwriter,” Jane’s brother told us. And then, the ultimate roommate recommendation: “He comes from money.”Neither Jane nor I had ever had a male roommate. “I think it would be very modern of us,” I told her.“Modern?” she said, rolling her eyes. “Come one, it’s 1995. It’s retro of us. We’d be Three’s Company all over again.“But with two Janets,” I pointed out. Jane and I are different in many ways, but we worked hard in school together, we’re both brunettes, and we’ve both read The House of Mirth more than once, just for fun.“How true,” she sighed.“Franny?” Dan calls out, his voice still muffled. “You didn’t go back to sleep did you? You told me you’d try if I let you. I promised I’d make sure—I take a deep breath and I bellow, in my most diaphragmatically supported Shakespearean tone: “Daaaaaaan. Come iiiiiinnnnnnn.”Miraculously, the left side of Dan’s face appears through a crack in the door, but it’s not until he’s confirmed my fully covered status and stepped all the way into the room, leaning his oversized frame awkwardly against the corner bookshelf, that I suddenly remember:My hair.I have no romantic feelings ­toward Dan, but I do have very strong feelings about my unruly, impossibly curly hair, which I piled into a green velvet scrunchie on top of my head last night while it was still wet from the shower, a technique that experience tells me has probably transformed it from regular hair into more of a scary, frizzy ­hair-­tower while I slept. In an attempt to assess just how bad it is, I pretend to yawn while simultaneously stretching one hand over my head, in the hopes of appearing nonchalant while also adjusting the matted pile of damage. For some reason this combination of moves causes me to choke on absolutely nothing.“Is it . . . (cough, cough) . . . is it ­really late?” I sputter.“Well, I went to the deli, so I don’t know exactly how long your alarm’s been going off,” Dan says. “But Frank’s been up for at least two hours already.”Shit. I am late. Frank is the neighbor whose apartment we can see into from the windows in the back of our brownstone. Frank leads a mysterious, solitary life, but one you can set a clock by. He rises at eight, sits in front of a computer from nine to one, goes out and gets a sandwich, is back at the computer from two until six thirty, is gone from six thirty to eight, and then watches TV from eight until eleven p.m., after which he goes promptly to sleep. The schedule never changes. No one ever comes over. We worry about Frank in the way New Yorkers worry about strangers whose apartments they can see into. Which is to say, we made up a name for him and have theories about his life, and we’d call 911 if we saw something frightening happen while spying on him, but if I ran into him on the subway, I’d look the other way.

Bookclub Guide

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.Praise for Someday, Someday, Maybe “A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true.”—The Washington Post   “A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”—The Wall Street Journal   “With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal   “Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly   “Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong   “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   “Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series1. Why do you think the author chose to tell parts of the story through pages of Franny's Filofax planner? What elements does it add to the novel?2. Is setting a deadline on your dream a good idea? Or is it unrealis­tic? Do you think it ultimately helped or hindered Franny's career?3. Although he only appears as a recorded voice on the answering machine, Clark plays an important role in the story. What does his and Franny's back-up plan represent? What does his engagement force Franny to do?4. For parts of the novel, Franny adapts to a situation by playing a character she is not. When is she being true to herself? When is she most happy?5. Why didn't Franny sign with Barney Sparks? What would you have done in her position?6. Franny appreciates the bridge on the D train because it helps her put things in perspective. Do you have a D train bridge in your life? What is it?7. Do you agree with Franny's interpretation of love triangles on page 281?8. Penelope and Franny have an interesting relationship through­out the novel. In what ways does it change? What does Penelope help Franny understand?9. On page 307, the taxi driver remarks, "How'd it get this far and not go pop?" Why does this resonate with Franny? What could it represent in her life?10. What does everyone else see in Franny that she doesn't see for herself?11. On page 335, Franny's father tells her, "Imagine the best for yourself now and then, won't you, hon?" Discuss the importance of having a positive attitude, and how this changes for Franny.12. The characters throughout the novel have their own individual takes on authenticity. What does it mean to James? How is that different from what it means to Dan, Franny, or Penny? VVhich defini­tion do you agree with? Is it possible to be authentic in an industry that is in itself an artificial craft?13. How has Franny changed by the end of the novel? What were her most transforming moments? Who most strongly influenced her?14. Of all the themes in the novel--dreams, hope, friendship, believ­ing in yourself, etc.--which did you find the most compelling? What do you think is the takeaway lesson of the book?

Editorial Reviews

“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true. . . . Just like the screenwriters of the best romantic comedies, she has taken elements of the familiar and spun them into a novel that’s heartfelt, hilarious and, hopefully, just the first example of what she can do with the written word.”—The Washington Post   “A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”—The Wall Street Journal   “With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal   “Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly   “Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong   “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   “Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in, but it was her relatable characters (complete with doodled date-book entries!), irresistible romantic twists, and delicious plot that kept me turning the pages until well past my bedtime.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery seriesFrom the Hardcover edition.