Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham-Non Fiction/Memoir

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham.

Title: Talking as Fast as I Can 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Non Fiction/Memoir
Author: Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballantine Books 
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Language: English
Hardcover: 224 pages
Meet the Author: Lauren Graham
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

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

Finished watching the Original Gilmore Girls show for the first time a few weeks ago and recently watched the Revival on Netflix and loved both. When I knew Lauren is not only an actor and producer but also a writer I did not doubt to get her first book however decided to read her most recent book first mainly for two reasons: for being a non fiction work and because I could not wait to read about her acting career and experience being in both shows, all this on her own words. I am glad a read it, enjoyed a lot, could not put it down.

A fast read, read it in less than three days. From the very first paragraph I knew it was going to be good. I love Lauren's writing style and her voice as a writer and literally, her voice, because throughout the whole book I kept hearing Lorerai's voice and how fast she talks.

It was very interesting to know more about her acting career, how she get to be where she is now and her experience writing her first book which I thought was incredible unique. How fondly she talks about the other cast's members, her husband and all the experiences while working, going to college and pursuing an acting career.

Talking as fast as I can is an enjoyable, funny and humorous book about this girl who had dreams like everybody else and how she was able to achieve them. My favorite parts are the writing advice she shares from Don Roos and the last part of the book where Lauren shares entries of the diary she kept while filming the revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Overall I loved the book, totally recommend it, not only to Gilmore Girls fans but also if you like to read Memoirs and /or collection of personal essays.


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