If you know me, you’ll know that I rarely read non-fiction. But I tend to have a soft spot for autobiographies written by famous people that I adore. It’s been years since I picked one up though. I think the last one was one written by Johnny Cash – and that was back in 2009. However, pretty soon after watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I found out that Lauren Graham had written an autobiography of sorts. And I think I adore Lauren even more than Johnny Cash – so, I knew I had to pick this book up.
First and foremost, if you are a Gilmore Girls fan, you will love this. Seriously, just go pick it up. You’ll adore it almost as much as the show. Lauren is so quirky and has a beautiful sense of humor that shines throughout this entire book. Each chapter mostly consists of anecdotes from points throughout her life. And in these chapters, you really get a sense of Lauren – but not just Lauren as Lauren. You get a sense of every character Lauren has played – especially Lorelai Gilmore. You can see how each and every role has shaped her throughout this entire book and it is beautiful.
I read a few reviews throughout my time reading this book and there are quite a few people who were disappointed. They are, of course, entitled to their opinions. I noticed that most of the low-rated reviews stemmed from disappointment from the original Gilmore Girls chapter. I will warn you – don’t go into this chapter expecting much. Lauren has stated in so many interviews since the show that she doesn’t remember much from season to season. She doesn’t have a ton of personal stories to share because it was all such a blur to her. And I think this is completely understandable with as much work went into filming Gilmore Girls. If you go into this book, I think you should go into it wanting to learn more about Lauren herself. She does give us a lot of insight into the Gilmore Girls life, but this book encompasses her life as a whole – growing up wanting to be an actress, her different roles on different shows and movies, her authoring Someday, Someday, Maybe and everything in between – as the title so aptly describes.
It’s been awhile since I flew through a book of any sort – but especially a non-fiction one. Lauren wrote this book so eloquently. I couldn’t help but hear her voice coming through while reading the entire book. I craved more as I read more. By the last 9 chapters, I couldn’t put the book down. The main thing I love is all the advice Lauren imparts to not only actors, but us creative types in general. There is so much to gain from Lauren Graham and she gives so much of it to us in this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is a Gilmore Girls fan, a Parenthood fan, or a Lauren Graham fan in general. I also recommend it to any and all creative types – whether you’re doing it for fun, trying to break into your creative profession, or are already established. Pick up this book. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
**Side note: The last chapter has lots of spoilers about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, do so – then pick up this beautiful book.