Challenge criteria: A juicy memoir
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”).
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.
What I liked:
This genuinely is like sitting in with your old friend for a good chat and a catch up after not having seen them for over 10 years. Lauren’s book reads like she’s talking directly to you, with little tangents dotted across the way.
It reads almost in her voice too. I don’t have the audio book, but the voice in my head was fast talking, excited, and welcoming. Basically, it was Lorelai Gilmore.
While a lot of people complain that the book didn’t go into her personal life in great detail, I thought it was good that Lauren didn’t divulge too much information on her relationship with Peter Krauss. They seem a fairly private couple, and she’s under no onus to tell us everything about them.
What I didn’t like:
There are some Gilmore Girls revival spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the revival by the time you’ve read the book, you’ll have to stop short of the finish line for a while.
Out of five?
Four. A fantastic read that almost seems like just sitting and catching up with a dear old friend.