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“Someday, Someday Maybe”: my book report

June 1, 2013

I love those days when I can sit on the couch and read a book start to finish. I did that today, with Lauren Graham’s book “Someday, Someday Maybe” resting open on my knees as my eyes fluttered from left to right, line by line, and my fingers eagerly turned each page. I’d been excited to read this novel from the “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood” star, and it did not disappoint.

This is not a book review. It’s more like… a book report, explaining how this book affected me, why I found it relatable and why I think others my age and in my position should read it. So in this blog post, you will find no spoilers or critiques, just thoughts from a college student trying to find her way.

The main character in “Someday, Someday Maybe” is Franny Banks, named after a J.D. Salinger character. She, too, is trying to find her way, in her case as an actress in New York who is rapidly approaching the three-year deadline she set for herself to achieve some sort of success in her chosen field. She deals with low self-esteem, greenness, stress, uncertainty and rejection, among other things. When she seeks advice, she gets cliché counsel, such as “practice, practice, practice.” She doesn’t know exactly where she wants to end up or how exactly she wants to get there or how exactly she could / should get there, but she knows this is what she wants to do. She can feel it.

When I read books or watch television shows, I look for the people with whom I can relate. I try to find that thing that tells me I can identify with this person because of this quality, and I am interested in seeing what happens to him or her. While it’s also nice to escape into worlds of fantasy, such as those of Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen, even in those worlds I can only imagine, I still find the sources of empathy. In “Someday, Someday Maybe,” I could pretty much identify with every feeling Franny has, all those challenges she deals with. I mean, I’m not looking to be an actress and I’m not living in New York on a three-year deadline, but beyond that, I can see why she views life the way she does. It’s hard to remain confident when faced with difficult odds. It’s hard to maintain the belief that this is what you’re meant to do when faced with rejection.

I’m still in college, so I’ll be the first to admit I only have a taste of those difficult odds and rejection. But I do understand exactly how Franny feels because the obstacles she faces represent my fears. My chosen field is cut throat and challenging and filled with rejection and competition. The world represented in “Someday, Someday Maybe” is a pretty good microcosm of the world facing all of us, and that’s why I think everyone my age should read it. It has pieces of knowledge spread throughout its pages that we all need to hear (or read), even if we already know it. It shows us that we are not alone in our fears, and it reminds us to “just keep at it” and “keep filling up the pages.” It reminds us that if we want something bad enough, if we are passionate about it beyond compare, if it’s what we feel we are meant to do, we cannot give up because someday, someday maybe we’ll get there. And if that’s how we feel, it’s worth the struggle.

Reading this book was the perfect way for me to spend this particular Saturday. On Monday, I’m returning to a place I love, where I will be spending most weekdays this summer working. And in the evenings, I will continue to write – in English and Italian – and develop ideas. And with this, I will fill the spaces of my iCal while continuously working toward my goals and my dreams and finding my way.

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