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I loved Lauren Graham in "Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood," and I really enjoyed this loosely-structured humorous autobiography. It's clear the actress talks just as fast as her characters - and is similarly lovable!
A friend recommended I grab this book because I was a big Gilmore Girls fan (which reminds me, it's time I re-watch the series). I thought it'd be perfect on our Hawaii trip and I was right (it was the fourth book I read on the trip and just the change I needed from the previous ones). Lauren shares her experiences from beginning in the acting world (and even before that), to being on Gilmore Girls and eventually the reboot of the series. I loved not only getting a bit of a “behind the scenes” look but also just learning more about Lauren as a person, actor and professional. She is one smart (and funny) cookie! If you liked Gilmore Girls I’d definitely recommend picking up this book. It was a quick, easy and entertaining read. And now I have to see if the library carries the novel she wrote! I would give it an 8 out of 10.
An amazing life, a great career, faithful friends and family. What more could a girl ask for?
Well, maybe a man from Minnesota grounded in his native Mid-western outdoor roots.
Yep, she has that too (Peter Krause).
I adore Lauren Graham. Her honesty (and fast talking) come across as listening to a close friend. I found myself highlighting much of the book and enjoying the author’s narration, one of the great pleasures of a (Kindle Immersion Read).
Here are three of my favorites from Graham’s 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Humor . . .
“I still find that, in general, having a plan is, well, a good plan. But when my carefully laid plan laughed at me, rather than clutch at it too tightly I just made a new one, even if it was one that didn’t immediately make sense. In blindly trying a different path, I accidentally found one that worked better. So don’t let your plan have the last laugh, but laugh last when your plan laughs, and when your plan has the last laugh, laugh back, laughing!”
“Sometimes the idea of doing something is the most fun part, and after you go through with it, you feel deflated because you realize you’re back to looking for the next thrill.”
“Spend some time with just yourself and your thoughts and nothing to do. How else will you learn who you are?”
If you are a fan of Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls you will enjoy the book or audio. If you are not a fan of Gilmore Girls but just Parenthood this book may not be as enjoyable for you read and would suggest it just to listen to the book. This book is a cute and humorous listen about Lauren's life and how she got to where she is in life. She is forthcoming is why she made certain choices in her life and what she has learned about herself so far in this life. Warning she wrote the book while filming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life so it does include spoilers from the show.
I highly HIGHLY recommend the audiobook.
It's like listening to Lorelei Gilmore talk non-stop! It's amazing and funny. A must for any Gilmore Girls fans out there.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ - it was okay
Genre: autobiography, celebrity autobiography, memoir, celebrity memoir
Pros: conversational, unpretentious, sometimes funny
Cons: sometimes boring, sometimes aimless
It could have been a more enjoyable read, but somewhere around the halfway mark it just got rambling and aimless and.... I hate to say boring, but I was bored. I found myself almost skipping chunks and having to force myself back to read it completely. I'm someone who loves an autobiography, so I've got no problem reading little details about people's lives and thoughts, but this just stopped holding my attention. I think if there had been a little more guiding or coaxing from the publisher to make sure there was interesting material throughout (or perhaps a shorter book), it would have been 3 stars.
Great read! You can hear Lauren graham in her writing! Any Gilmore Girls fan would love and appreciate this book!
I was not a watcher of her shows Gilmore Girls or Parenthood. She writes extensively about these shows and the crew. Also, her relationship with co-star Peter Krause (with an interesting MN connection!).
I did like her in the movie Bad Santa. She does not mention the movie.
Full of the fun and whimsy with which she infused her classic Lorelai Gilmore character, Lauren Graham recounts her life and making it in show biz in a fun, light-hearted fashion that you've come to expect from her. Lauren hit all the right notes for me with her autobiography. While it's not groundbreaking material by any means, it was fun and fancy-free, which is all I was expecting. If you're a fan of GILMORE GIRLS, I can guarantee you will enjoy TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN.
If you are reading this, you are likely a fan of Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls, the series she spent seven years playing Lorelai Gilmore. Or maybe not, perhaps you discovered Graham in her next role as Sarah Braverman on Parenthood. Either way, you know Lauren Graham as a TV mom, which she will explain in her memoir "Talking as Fast as I Can," was a role she never expected to play for so long, or so early in her career. I really enjoyed getting to understand how this actress came to play one of my favourite TV characters. I loved the behind the scenes stories and perspective from Graham. This is a quick and fun read about a young woman's journey to Hollywood and Stars Hollow.
Quick, fun read that makes you feel like you are sitting down, having a coffee and chat with Lauren Graham. Exactly what I want from a celebrity memoir.
This is a must-read for fans of Gilmore Girls, although I recommend watching the Netflix revival first in order to avoid spoilers.
Actor Lauren Graham's memoir is a lot like what you imagine her personality to be - considered and cheerful with plenty of quips, non sequiturs and tangential observations. It's a must-read for Gilmore Girls fans and recommended companion reading if you've recently watched the rebooted "A year in the life" series. Don't read this expecting to get the low down on any Hollywood scandal. No careers are ruined. No beans are spilled. But it is a light, amusing read that makes me keen to check out her first novel (a second is in the works) as well as her screen adaptation of The Royal We. There's also a handy "writing process" guide borrowed from another writer included that I may well put into use.
This book is wonderful! And it was released at a perfect time for me. I had just come off maternity leave, during which I watched the original Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, so I was positively steeped in Lauren Graham. Confession: I bought this book for my sister for Christmas... and read it first. (I can't be the only person who's done this, right?)
I loved this book! I quite literally laughed out loud while reading it. In it, Graham covers everything from her childhood to the original Gilmore Girls to Parenthood to the new Gilmore Girls, and everything in between. It sounds like a lot, and like it'd be a dense book, but it isn't! It's presented like a series of vignettes, so you get snapshots. You don't get buried in information. I learned so much about her and her career. I felt like I was spouting Lauren Graham fun facts for the next couple weeks after reading it! Y'all, Lauren Graham is an actress/celebrity who has actual writing talent.
LOVED IT!!!!! This will make you want to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life all over again!
There's nothing quite so reassuring as reading a book that confirms all the good impressions you had about a person prior to reading, and that's precisely what this book does. It's a slim volume -- only 200 pages! -- and a lot of it is devoted to Gilmore Girls, so fans of the show will be pleased, but there's a lot more here, too. Chapters about Graham's struggles to make it in Hollywood, her years of singledom, how she turned to writing, etc. are super interesting, and throughout the whole book she just feels so warm and geniune and funny, and I finished this wanting to be best friends with her even more than I already did -- which, I think, is exactly the point of a book like this. I'm so glad I read this.
I don't even know where to begin.
Lauren Graham is smart, friendly, and funny throughout her book. She is warm and encouraging.
I recently had lengthy discussions with two of my very best friends about how her advice to single women is akin to the most obnoxious advice people try to give me, but rather than feeling irritated, judged, and invalidated, I felt... encouraged? Inspired? Dare I say... HOPEFUL?
I loved her descriptions of friends and acquaintances. I loved hearing about her experiences. I loved her advice, the outlandish claims she made about people, and the interjections of, "well at least that's how it is in MY book, hahaha, I'm drunk with power!"
There's certainly a Gilmore Girls nostalgia trip in here, so if you're a fan of the show I would definitely encourage reading it. But it's also just fun writing, so, even if you're not a fan of Gilmore Girls I'd encourage reading it. (I'd also ask, "Wait, why not? What's wrong with you?") When I finished the book, I wanted to read her novel and watch Parenthood and do lengthy google searches about everything and everyone she even just briefly mentioned.
I ALSO finished the book feeling inspired to write and create and continue to dream which I think is a wonderful gift she, as an author, gave to me, as a reader.