Monday, February 6, 2017

Talking as Fast as I Can - Lauren Graham

Summary: 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. Summary and image from

Review:  Oh, goodness, I just like Lauren Graham.  You know how you watch these actors and you just end up thinking “We’d be friends. She’s my brand of nutty.”? After watching both Parenthood and Gilmore Girls (out of order, forgive me), I was pretty sure I’d like Graham. When I found out she’d written a book, and I liked it, I was convinced we’d be friends given the chance - and I knew that I’d need to grab her memoir the minute it came out.

This laugh-out-loud memoir is delightfully clean, especially for Hollywood standards. I loved the peeks into Graham’s life she offered—her quick impressions of Gilmore Girls and her favorite episodes, as relayed while she watches them for the first time, were fun. Trite, but fun. As a matter of fact, that about sums up the memoir.  It’s fun. Graham is a comedienne and can spin a yarn. Her energy is palpable, her exuberance infectious. That being said, there were times I felt like Graham may have toppled Lorelai’s coffee consumption for the day. It could be a little overwhelming. However, there were some parts of Graham’s book I really enjoyed and took note of. Her “Writing Hour” method is genius—and just almost persuaded me to try it out. But, fear. (Sigh.)

However, this review isn’t about me and my stupid writing fears, it’s about Graham’s. Hearing her explain her fashion sense, her skipping of kindergarten (I was kind of jealous), her fibs to the media about her relationship advice were just fun. It humanized her. It also made me want to go back and rewatch her shows.

I wish this memoir had a little bit more depth to it. Reading it was like indulging in a feast of cotton candy.  I liked it a lot, but I could tell that there was more I wasn’t getting. Unfortunately, I like my books (even the cotton candy ones) with a little bit more substance.

Rating: Three stars

For the Sensitive Reader: Clean. Surprisingly and refreshingly clean.

1 comment:

Jordan @ForeverLostinLiterature said...

Great review! I've been debating whether or not to pick this one up, as I love Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls, but sometimes celebrities don't have the best books. Glad to hear that this one is good overall, though it sounds like some more depth would be a nice added benefit! Great review!


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