Hello lovelies! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! If you read my 2018 Goals List then you know that I am trying to read one book a month for 2018. For January I read Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham.
First of all, I love Lauren Graham. I loved her in Gilmore Girls and in Parenthood. I’ve always felt Lorelai Gilmore was a spirit animal of mine. Even though her characters had their faults they always meant well. She always had some pretty insightful advice.
Much like her television persona her book is down to earth and hilarious. Full of reflections about her early career, her time on Gilmore Girls (both times) and Parenthood, and her reflections on life. Her chapter about diets is one of the best things I’ve read in a while. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of this book.
The book feels more like a TedTalk or a conversation with her than a stiff memoir. She is relatable and thought-provoking on topics such as love and finding yourself. She takes you on a journey through her life and lets you into her inner most thoughts about her most famous roles, her love life and her upbringing.
Another one of my favorite parts of the book is when she re-watches Gilmore Girls. It’s like she’s sitting right there and watching it with you. As someone who has watched the series multiple times in it’s entirety she hits on things a true fan would notice. She comments on her hair and fashion choices and her fond memories from each season. You get an inside look on her relationship with Amy and Dan Palladino and the creative process they shared throughout the show. She also gives an inside look to her relationship with her onscreen daughter and counterpart Alexis Bledel.
She lets you into her family dynamics, her first years in the business, and her relationship with Peter Krause and REI. The book doesn’t follow her life in chronological order though. I personally enjoyed her jumps in time because I felt it gave the book more of an organic conversation feel to it. It actually felt like she was telling me this story in person over a cup of coffee, obviously, rather than a timeline of her life. Her personality really showed through this book and it really gave you a sense that the quirky persona she plays on screen is actually no act at all.
If you’re not a fan of her work, you won’t be a fan of this book. Sorry. It is apparent through this memoir that her true self is what you get on screen. If you’re not into the caffeine induced rambling conversations then this book is probably not for you. Now that being said I still feel that you should give it a chance.
However, if you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, Parenthood or just Lauren in general you need to pick up this book. It will bring you joy to the void that Gilmore Girls and/or Parenthood may have left in you heart. I know it did for me. It is an inspiring work on following your dreams and being yourself.