Book: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and everything in between
Author: Lauren Graham
Pages: audiobook, approx. 5 hours
Published by Ballantine Books on November 29, 2016
Genre(s): autobiography, memoir, non-fiction, audiobook
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Obviously, I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan. (As I read this) I am working my way through the series for the fourth time (sorry, sweet husband). I know it sounds a little pathetic, but I just can’t help it. I love everything about the show: the small town atmosphere, the crazy characters, the mother-daughter relationships, the witty and fast dialog. I have found so much joy and comfort in the show throughout the last few years. A HUGE part of that show is Lauren Graham. She is amazing: beautiful, funny, witty, a little snarky, but fiercely loyal. She brings so much attitude with her into the scenes and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the book for a while. Then, while checking out audiobooks for a boring car trip later this week, I saw her title. I thought I was going to read the book, but listening to her read it… It can’t be bad right?
Right. Not only was it “not bad,” it was downright incredible. Graham has so much personality, so many funny stories, hearing it in her voice only added to the authenticity of her autobiography. There were so many things that I’m not sure I would have noticed if I had only read the book… Okay, now that I’ve fangirled, let’s get to the “traditional” part of my review.
What I Liked:
- The stories. Graham is funny (oh, I’ve said that already?). And sharing stories of growing up, setbacks in school, and of course, life on the Gilmore Girls set makes her all the more real as a person. I adored all the anecdotes and getting to know this actress just a little bit more.
- The pace. Just like on the Gilmore Girls episodes, Graham kept the book moving (maybe that’s why it was so short to me (see below)). And this book MOVED. Every story was witty and passed right along as she continued on with whatever she was trying to tell you.
- Lauren Graham. She said several times through the books and in other interviews I’ve watched and read that she loved being Lorelai Gilmore. That she related with her and saw herself in the character. And that just made me love her more. I see so much of her in Lorelai or maybe it’s Lorelai in her, that it makes my heart happy. A character I love and adore exists in the person that is her… (I’m drooling, right?)
- The honesty. Lauren Graham doesn’t pretend that life is perfect. She doesn’t act like everything before and after Gilmore Girls was easy. She tells it like it is, and I love that.
What I Didn’t Like:
- The length. Short, even for a memoir. Maybe I think this because I wanted to keep listening, but The Princess Diarist was 8+ hours and Scrappy Little Nobody was 6+ (those are the most recent other books I’ve listened to).
- This was my own little glitch, but I didn’t get the images with the audiobook from my library. I’m not sure what happened, but it was a huge bummer, so now I’m going to have to buy the book just to see some of these images that have stories to go along with them.
Overall, I give this book 5 stars because I really loved it! It is definitely going to be a reread (or read because I listened to it before) because there is just so much happening in this book. I loved how much personality the book has, with Graham sharing stories from all parts of her life. There is so much going on in the book, but I think my favorite part is how much she loves and accepts the person that she is. Despite the uncertainty, and sometimes failure, Graham learned to push forward and persevere until she was finally *successful*.
I would recommend this book to people who loved Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody because it’s filled with a ton of the same humor and good spirits. OF course, anyone who liked Gilmore Girls should have this as a MUST READ on their TBR and people who love a good, old-fashioned, down-to-earth memoir. My rating on this one is probably biased because I have such a love for Gilmore Girls, but it is definitely full of wonderful gems for any reader.
Have you read this book? What did you think? If you haven’t read it, is it on your TBR now? On a scale of 1 to 10, how obsessed with Gilmore Girls do I seem?
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