I’m on record as admitting that my favorite TV show of all-time is Gilmore Girls (#TeamLogan) and I’ve binge watched A Day in the Life twice (but only, after reading this book, did I get the Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall episode titles/order were based on Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend…don’t know how I missed that). I’m also a huge fan of Lauren Graham and loved her, and the rest of the ensemble cast, in Parenthood (which sadly never got the traction it deserved).
I’m telling you all this because as much as I wanted this book to be good, I was prepared for the worst. I don’t usually read books by celebrities, since most of them are what Graham’s literary agent calls “monkey doodles” and others are clearly ghost written.
This isn’t either. Instead, you can hear Graham’s voice shine through in every essay, and if she has a love affair with exclamation marks (something I, as well as Elmore Leonard, really hate), it’s a small thing. This isn’t a tell-all, it’s more of a “thanks for this great ride” told honestly and with liberal doses of humor and self-deprecation. You get the sense that you’d really like Lauren Graham if you met her in person.
Perhaps the most surprising thing is that Graham gives writing advice AND IT’S GREAT ADVICE! In fact, I intend to start the “Don Roos” method today and see where it takes me.
This is a quick read..I literally read it from cover to cover in two days, but that’s also because I found myself picking it up whenever I had a spare minute. Trust me, that doesn’t happen very often.
Is part of my love of this book because I’m a fan of Lauren Graham? Probably. But I was ready to be disappointed, and this book, just like the 4-part series, A Day in the Life, didn’t let me down. Instead it lifted me up, and somehow, somewhere along the way, it made me believe in myself again at a time when I needed it most. You can’t ask for more than that.