I fell head over heels for Lauren Graham way back in 2000. She was playing the quirky Lorelei on Gilmore Girls and she stole the show. Since then I’ve followed her career through Evan Almighty and Parenthood, loving every minute of it.
Though I wasn’t necessarily surprised to see such a smart woman writing a novel, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it turned out. Unlike the tragic efforts of many actors-turned-writers (ahem, James Franco), Graham’s book is accessible, wonderful and perfect for its genre.
Franny Banks is a twenty-something aspiring actress waiting for her big break. The city life has lost its allure and late-night waitressing shifts are taking their toll. Rather than give up all together, Franny chooses to give acting one last shot.
Though Ballantine has marketed the book as “women’s fiction,” it strikes me as a perfect example of “new adult” These books concentrate on a character who is transitioning from college life to adulthood — a grown up The Catcher in the Rye if you will.
Overall, I really liked this book. It’s a good weekend read, nothing too heavy or too fluffy.