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ISBN-13: 9780345532763
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Published: Ballantine Books, 3/2014

Dear Well Read Readers,

I 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 deaf ears.

 

Well, 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.

 

The 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). 

 

My 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.

 

My 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.

 

I hope Bill is satisfied with all of my hard work. You can feel free to applaud now.

 

Vondra 


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