Title: Talking As Fast As I Can – From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
Author: Lauren Graham
Goodreads Score: 4.04
Summary: 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, the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway.
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.
The Bloom (pros): If you are a Gilmore Girls lover, this is just such a happy read. Lauren Graham comes across as the twin sister of her fictional character (Lorelai Gilmore)…same witty, fast paced conversation and charming personality that wins you over from Chapter One. You’ll read this in a day and spend the next few catching yourself smiling.
The Thorns (cons): I wish it was longer. As cons go that’s about as positive of a criticism you can give. It’s like when an interviewer asks you what your weaknesses are and instead you tell them your strengths vaguely masked as negatives. I absolutely adored Gilmore Girls, but I equally loved Parenthood (for very different reasons), a show that I think gets slightly less time in the limelight but deserves just as much praise. I would have loved to get more of the inside scoop of her time on Parenthood, more of her hilarious personal life anecdotes and more personal details I can use to sway her to become buds.
The Bottom Line: Usually, I find celebrity memoirs leave a lot to be desired. People tend to think they’re funnier and more interesting than they actually are, and sometimes the memories they choose to include are just downright weird. Not the case here – Lauren is funny, endearing and pretty down to earth. I highly recommend the audiobook for this one – Lauren herself narrates and talks as though it’s just you (the listener) and her chatting over a cup of coffee, most likely at Luke’s. Dear Lauren, if you’re reading, let’s be best friends – I too need my coffee in an IV.
You can buy your own copy of Talking As Fast As I Can here.