Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

 Summary from Goodreads:

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Writing. I'd forgotten how great of a writer Graham because I read her ficion novel years ago. However, the memoir was well-written, full of great jokes, and I loved listening to the audiobooks.

Message. I was not expecting to connect with the memoir as strongly as I did. I loved Graham's tips on meeting writing deadlines and they will be helpful in my future career. Graham is down to earth and a lovely person! I hope that she will keep on writing and I cannot wait to read more from her in the future.

Humor. I'm glad that I decided to listen to the audiobook because Graham was a great narrator and it had some added features (phone calls with her dad and publisher). The humor was a great element and the audiobook was the perfect way of expressing it.

The only thing that disappointed me about the memoir was the length! I would seriously would have listened to a 500 page novel.

I recommend checking this out for Graham's amazing humor and writing and all of the Gilmore Girls goodness.

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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