Likes to Smile Book Club – Someday, Someday, Maybe

Book Club Week!! I’m in heaven. And… Oh Em Gee. It is Lauren Graham discussion day. Need I say more? Obviously, I’m infinitely excited. Let’s get this party started.

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Lest I forget to mention… MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! We’re about to divulge the contents of Someday, Someday, Maybe, so if you’re excited to read it yourself, you should skip reading this blog.

Ready? Hooray! Here we go now.

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QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1) Who would play the roles of Franny, Jane, Dan and James in the television show?
2) Lauren Graham writes (through the character of James): “I think living in a beautiful space is important, since actors are artists after all, and we’re therefore more acutely affected by everything around us. Poorly chosen objects are distractions, obstacles we put in the way when we’re afraid of telling the truth.” Agree or disagree?
3) What did you make of the geometric shape of Franny’s love life with Clark, James and Dan?
4) Throughout the book, Franny keeps envisioning An Evening with Frances Banks at the 92nd Street Y and the sentence, “It all started with _____.” How does YOUR evening at the 92nd Street Y start?
5) What was your overall take on the book?
6) What was your favorite part?
7) Bonus points for sharing a picture of your “filofax” (or whatever you are using these days) on Instagram with the hashtag #bookclubonduty or on the Facebook Page.

I’m going to write my answers below and you can add yours to comment section and then we can discuss. If there is another question you would like to discuss that I didn’t think of, please pose it! I’m sure myself and others would love to discuss that, too.

And…if you wrote a review of this book on your blog, leave the link in the comments and I will additionally update this blog to include links at the bottom. So fun! Can’t wait to read what you think!! And away we go!

MY ANSWERS!

1) My television cast is as follows: Mae Whitman (Franny); Emma Stone (Jane); Andrew Garfield (Dan); and Taylor Kitsch (James).

2) Agree! I think when you live in an purposefully designed space, you feel better and are more likely to believe you deserve to live your best life. I think it enhances the positive — be it fun or beauty or relaxation.

3) I loved it! Lauren Graham can write. Between the backstory on the Franny/Clark relationship and the answering machine messages, I was convinced he was still head over heels for her and that Franny would be the one to break his heart. To find out he was engaged?! Brilliant plot twist. Completely believable, and yet, still shocking. I also loved that Dan, the writer, had to explain to Franny, the actor, why an audience relates to a love triangle. And he was so patient with her riff on the geometry of shapes. Loved it! Oh! And let’s just discuss how much I wanted to yell, “you go girl!” when Franny left the movie theater before the premiere without so much as a “goodbye” or an “I’m leaving” to James. I don’t condone the behavior, but I loved the silent demand for respect. The entire love triangle (square?): je t’aime. I love it enough for French.

4) An Evening with Stacey Beth. It all started with my blog, Likes to Smile.

5) Delightful! Fun, compelling and thought-provoking. I’m inclined to immediately read it again.

6) The fact that I kept using the Kindle highlighter to select quotes. Two of my favorite lines are: (1) “The only thing you have that isn’t in the hands of a dozen other people is your sense of what’s right for you.” (2) “And dear, if you should someday become famous, don’t write a cookbook.” But, by far, my favorite was when Barney Sparks said, “THAT’S the whole banana,” after explaining the “faster, funnier, louder” monologue. Later, when you think back and begin to wonder how “that’s the whole banana” became part of the Likes to Smile lexicon, please note, it began with Lauren Graham.

7) I loved that the filofax pages enhanced the plot, but never took away from it. So true to the 1990’s, as well. Ah-mazing.

I cannot wait to read what you think about Someday, Someday, Maybe!! Fill up those comments, share your thoughts, and feel free to diverge from the questions if there is something else you would like to discuss, I bet there are others who want to discuss it, too!

Here are the questions again, so you don’t have to scroll up through the comments:

1) Who would play the roles of Franny, Jane, Dan and James in the television show?
2) Lauren Graham writes (through the character of James): “I think living in a beautiful space is important, since actors are artists after all, and we’re therefore more acutely affected by everything around us. Poorly chosen objects are distractions, obstacles we put in the way when we’re afraid of telling the truth.” Agree or disagree?
3) What did you make of the geometric shape of Franny’s love life with Clark, James and Dan?
4) Throughout the book, Franny keeps envisioning An Evening with Frances Banks at the 92nd Street Y and the sentence, “It all started with _____.” Two-part question: Did you empathize with this? And how does YOUR evening at the 92nd Street Y start?
5) What was your overall take on the book?
6) What was your favorite part?
7) Bonus points for sharing a picture of your “filofax” (or whatever you are using these days) on Instagram with the hashtag #bookclubonduty or on the Facebook Page.

Until next time!

xoxo,
Stacey

Comments

  1. I HEART BOOK CLUB!

    1) My cast is as follows: Lena Dunham (Franny), James Franco (James) and John Gallagher Jr (Dan). I never really thought of the actor who would play Jane, but I think if its Lena Dunham than I kind of like the idea oF Allison Williams as Jane (as an homage to Girls) but I also kind of picture her as a Zooey Deshanel type. I also fully support Mae Whitman as Franny!!

    2) I agree that living in a positively designed space is a reflection of yourself and that the design of your living space says a lot about you, however when James said that line I really found him to be the not very genuine/ a little full of himself. Although that is my general impression of James.

    3) I loved the love square that existed between the 4 of them, although I really think that as much as Franny doesnt want to admit it, it is still a triangle because she is the link that connects them all/its all about HER and the three guys. I did, however, love the chat that Franny and Dan have about love shapes and how Dan comes straight out and says they are talking about them and they talk about it without actually admitting anything/accomplishing anything.

    4) My 92nd street Y evening all started with Stacey Beth, a constant source of inspiration! Loving this book club and YOU!

    5) Love love loved the book! So much real emotion/relate-ability in this book! I loved knowing that parts of all the characters are based on Lauren Graham’s book, and I think there are so many lessons to be learned in this book, and it is just such a raw and real look at goals and growing up and life. LOVE lauren graham even more, if that is possible!

    6) Hands down my favourite part was Franny’s cousin’s wedding! I loved the respect and adoration (and love, although she refuses to admit it) that grows within Franny for Dan during this incredible part of the book.

    • Jaime!!!

      Thank you so much for hearting book club and for reading both books!! I just decided I’m going to do another book next month. This was so fun!

      1) It’s so funny, I was totally contemplating John Gallagher Jr for Dan, but then I wanted Taylor Kitsch because I love his brooding look!! Do you watch Sports Night with John Gallagher Jr?

      2) I agree that James was not very genuine. I think he was always trying to be who he thought he should be rather than who he was. Which is maybe a mistake a lot of us make at times?

      3) Isn’t their discussion of how they were really talking about them with all the shapes and then they don’t admit or accomplish anything extra awesome because that is exactly how it would go down in rela life, too? Man, I loved that. I 100% agree with you.

      4) Awwww! Compliment of the year!!! Love you too!!!

      5) I love Lauren Graham even more if it’s possible, too. She tweeted a blank computer screen pic recently (or I looked at it recently) and said she was beginning work on book #2. I, for one, cannot wait!!

      6) Franny’s Cousin’s Wedding!! YES! How did I not pick that? It was epic. And that is the whole banana!

      Thanks again for reading!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

      • I am pretty sure by Sports Night you mean The Newsroom, but I will forgive that since I love anything and everything Aaron Sorkin.

        And yes, I fell in like with John Gallagher Jr because of his role in Spring Awakening on broadway (which I never saw him in), but I fell in LOVE with him on The Newsroom! **swoon**

        Cannot wait for Lauren Graham’s next book, and are they making Someday, Someday, Maybe into a television show?

        What is on next month’s book club list? Next on MY list is Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger. Thanks Dan!

        • Oh you’re right! I meant The Newsroom! But Sports Night is just as good, too. Maybe I’m also secretly voting Josh Charles for the role of Dan?

          I saw John Gallagher Jr. in Spring Awakening! But I still always think of him as being from the Newsroom.

          I think Someday, Someday, Maybe is in pilot production — so maybe it will be a tv show! Wouldn’t that be so good! Here’s the link to the article about it: http://tvline.com/2013/06/12/lauren-graham-novel-tv-series-someday-someday-maybe/

          No idea what is on next month’s book club list, yet! I shall keep you posted!

          And, I too, want to read Franny & Zooey after Dan described it in the book! But, maybe for the winter. I like serious books in the winter and light books in the summer!

          xoxo,
          Stacey

  2. Finally I’ve finished the book and I loved it. In the beginning I didn’t. I found it hard to get into. Sometimes I thought her writing was a bit chaotic but after a while I got used to It and liked it very much.
    1. Seriously I have no idea. I kept thinking of Lauren herself as franny. Don’t know why. Dan must be a very cute perfect guy. I love him.
    2. I do agree for a bit but then I see my house as a box with all my finds and belongings. To keep them close and not as an empty museum… I like stuff
    3. Haha, yeah well it definitely made the book very amusing.. I’m a sucker for love stories.
    4. Hmmm
    5. She is a fabulous writer and should definitely do this more. I also loved the end. Normally I like to know what’s going to happen.. Did she get the job? But now I’m ok with it.. I know she’s going to be fine. With Dan.. Hopefully in NY :-)
    6. My favorite part was her and Dan walking back from the movies and franny talking about the shapes. So funny and on my god, I loved Dan. Such a good decent guy!!!
    7. I’m sorry I don’t have anything with me :-) nothing to plan except trips.. That sounds so arrogant.. :-/ haha, at home I have a moleskine to keep everything organized. I do love having a book like that or a diary to keep my appointments and other stupid stuff in.

    Thanks for hosting this book club Stacey! I’m looking forward to your next one :-)
    Xx

    • Hi Claudia!

      I agree!! In the beginning it took a bit to get into the writing style, but once I was in it…I was so all for it!

      I think your evening at the 92nd street Y goes like this: “It all started with my travels…”!!! I’m so impressed with how much of the world you’ve seen!

      I love that you are rooting for a happy ending for the love story!

      Thanks so much for playing along with book club!!! I’m looking forward to the next one, too! My thoughts are that I’ll announce a book in the next week or so and we’ll discuss that book the second week in September!

      xoxo
      Stacey

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