Well Read Readers,
need to preface this book review by letting you know that I am writing it under
protest. When my masters (aka Bill & Mary Ann) informed me that I needed to
start “pitching in” here at Well Read, I was- to put it mildly- disgruntled. I
like my life of leisure at the bookstore. Customers shower me with attention
and I don’t have to do anything but wag my tail and even that at times is
slightly exhausting. Now I have to put paws to a keyboard and write book
reviews? Every month? I’m not even getting paid for this. This is pet labor, I
tell you! They do give me bacon flavored treats whenever I look adorable (which
is all the time) and I get free room and board but I remind them that they consistently
use my image for marketing without my written consent but, alas, it falls on
I’m getting a glare from Bill so I suppose I should start writing this first
review. My first book (hold your applause until the end of the review, please)
is “Someday Someday, Maybe” by Lauren Graham. It’s her debut novel
about a struggling actress living in New York City whose “I have 3 years to
make it in this crazy business” deadline is rapidly approaching. The book
captures perfectly what I imagine young, hungry actors deal with on a
day-to-day basis and happens to be just the right amount of witty and charming
along the way. The main character, Franny Banks, is relatable because she’s got
a whole host of self-esteem issues but can also be, when her guard is down,
disarmingly funny and down to earth. It’s just plain fun seeing the endless
casting calls, the nonsense that her pretentious fellow actors spout, and the
struggle to remain oneself in a sea of phony people through Franny’s eyes.
book was light, entertaining, and very easy to read. It’s perfect for this
crisp spring weather we are having and, in fact, I read this on a sunny day
outside in my backyard while Mary Ann was building her new stone wall. I even
ignored a few squirrels to finish the book (okay, maybe I chased one).
only complaint about this book is that there are no dogs featured. None! Every
writer should know that dogs only enhance the drama and provide excellent
outside characterization for the protagonist. We’re also superb narrators as
we’re very detail oriented, which I think most people fail to notice.
That razor sharp sense of smell comes in handy.
final score for “Someday Someday, Maybe” is 3 ½ paws (out of four for
those of you who can’t count paws). You can order the book here http://www.thewellreadbookstore.com/book/9780345532763 and pick it up in the store or just stop in.
hope Bill is satisfied with all of my hard work. You can feel free to applaud