“But life doesn’t often spell things out for you or give you what you want exactly when you want it, otherwise it wouldn’t be called life, it would be called vending machine.”
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) – Lauren Graham
In Summary of Talking As Fast As I Can
Once you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, you know exactly what it’s like to be pulled in by Lauren Graham’s quick speech, witty humor, and her stream-of-consciousness style banter. In the same manner within her autobiography, Lauren Graham narrates her struggles to achieve her goals as an actor, as well as her personal experiences on various casts – most particularly Gilmore Girls. She takes us on a ride through her memories of each season of her life and the emotions that she experienced during the process.
|Contains hints of Lauren Graham and Lorelai Gilmore into one||Parts can be unrelatable (if you are not an actor or interested in the world of acting)|
|Feels like a friend telling her story||Sometimes she sidetracks (how very Lorelai-esque, though?)|
|Audiobook version is read by Lauren Graham herself||Not as much content about Gilmore Girls as I would have liked (I wanted the whole book to be about it!)|
“So don’t let your plan have the last laugh, but laugh last when when your plan laughs, and when your plan has the last laugh, laugh back, laughing!”
To be honest, I started listening to this book with low expectations. I don’t typically reach for biographies/autobiographies, especially those of celebrities. I knew that I loved Lauren Graham in her character, Lorelai Gilmore, but had no knowledge of her beyond that.
Despite my initial expectations, I couldn’t stop listening to Lauren Graham.
For the perfect atmosphere, everyone who reads this book should listen to the audiobook. A true Gilmore Girls fan will drool over the opportunity for Graham to tell her life story in her signature voice: quick-witted, yet soothing, from her air of relatability. Graham highlights her down-to-earth qualities, while revealing her unease with the glitzy world of Hollywood. It truly makes sense why Graham was perfect for the role of Lorelai after listening to her autobiography; she is down-to-earth and awkwardly relatable.
As a Gilmore Girls purist, however, the parts about acting school and other gigs, like Parenthood, may not interest readers; I truly think this is just a preference of mine and not a reflection of Graham as a writer, though. I listened a bit more mindlessly through those parts.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she earned her B.A. in English literature (like, hello?? Can we just be best friends already?!). This is evident in her well-developed voice as a writer. Some parts feel a tad drawn out with her side stories interwoven in her memories, but fans will most likely forgive this, as it is just part of Graham’s style.
I would have loved more focus on the magical world of Stars Hollow, but perhaps this is just a sign that it’s time to rewatch the show. Catch you later at the end of my Gilmore Girls binge!
Final thoughts: if you love Lauren Graham and her style, this is a comforting and enjoyable autobiography to listen to or read.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) Book Information
- Published: 2016
- ASIN: B01L0H5PD8
- Format: Audiobook (listened to on the Libby app)
- Audiobook Length: 4 hours, 35 minutes at normal speed