Like pretty much everyone else, I love Gilmore Girls. I’ve loved it since before Netflix, way back when I had to watch it live – with commercials – on Thursday nights. It’s been a long time, since I was first introduced to Lorelai, and I still can’t get enough. Naturally, when I saw that Lauren Graham had written a memoir largely about her time playing Lorelai Gilmore, I had to read it. And I was definitely not disappointed.
(From Goodreads) 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.
Talking as Fast as I Can was kind of all over the place, but in the best way. It was almost like reading a book written by Lorelai Gilmore herself (and, I imagine, as close as I will ever get). It was so fun to read about Graham’s childhood – she lived on a houseboat, and her first word was Japanese for “belly button” – and how she became who she is today. I learned so many things I didn’t know about her before. Like the fact that she went to grad school for drama. And the backstory behind her novel, Someday Someday Maybe, which has been sitting on my shelf for a year. I will read it soon, I swear!
While there were serious moments, the book was so much fun to read! I thought it was written well, and the stories Graham selected were interesting (for the most part). It was a quick read, which was nice, and was a refreshing addition to my reading list this month.
If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, I would definitely recommend this book. Even if it doesn’t end up being your favorite thing ever, you’ll still learn a lot of things about the series (such as Lorelai’s hair evolution and why the revival episodes are in that order). I’m so glad to have read this, because it gave me a much bigger appreciation for Graham and Gilmore Girls.
If you’ve read this book – or are planning to – share your thoughts in the comments!