Jan 8, 2017

Book Review of "Talking as Fast as I Can" by Lauren Graham

5 Stars

If you loved Gilmore Girls, then this is the book for you. If you loved Parenthood, then this also is the book for you. If you loved Lauren Graham's first published book, Someday, Someday Maybe, then this is the book for you! But what I bet you didn't guess was if you're an author this is a great book for you!

Lauren Graham does an excellent job of writing exactly how she talks, which a lot of people find difficult to do. It's almost as if Lorelai Gilmore herself wrote the book, which made me love it all the more since I'm an avid Lorelai fan. Graham is quirky, funny, quick, and full of anecdotes that keep those pages turning.

In the beginning, we learn a little bit about Miss Graham's childhood days. Seamlessly, we move into her adolescent years and into her college years. It was interesting to hear her story on what it took to become the well-known actor she is now. Though the jobs of actor, artist, and author are very different, the road to get there is similar. That's why I feel an author would benefit from reading this one! Graham does a great job of telling her story, but also shining some positivity down on anyone who is struggling to make a name for themselves. The chapter that spoke most to me was titled "Kitchen Timer". I won't give away the details, but it is a routine every author should adopt. I know I am!

"It's hard to say exactly when it will happen, and it's true that whatever you're after may not drop down the moment you spend all your quarters, but someday soon a train is coming. In fact, it may already be on the way. You just don't know it yet."
- Lauren Graham, Talking as Fast as I can 

The pictures were worth a thousand words alone. It was amazing to see Graham in her early days and on the set of her two most popular shows. The chapters on Gilmore Girls revealed things I never knew. When she talked about her high emotions on the set again for the Netflix revival, I had to watch them all over again to see if I could pick up on what she was saying (and also to spot all the cameos she said she coerced the directors to put in, including her TV daughter from Parenthood and her boyfriend!)

Graham's book was witty and it was hard to put it down at night. I read the entire thing in two days (and would have in one night if my schedule hadn't demanded I wake early the next day). She has shown herself to be extremely down-to-earth though her acting career is exploding. I was able to relate to her on many levels, which made her storytelling fresh and fun for me as the reader. I would recommend this book to everyone, which is why I gave it 5 STARS!