In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham shares a collection of personal essays on her early life and career, experiences working on the sets of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, as well as some random reflections on life in Hollywood.
I LOVE Lauren Graham. I have so enjoyed watching her for years on her most well-known television shows, and I love seeing her show up in random movies, like Merry Friggin Christmas too. I was so excited to read this book!
In this memoir, Graham is authentic, funny, and kind (she doesn’t indulge in the trend to spread celebrity gossip and shame her fellow Hollywood stars, though she does tease about diet and fashion trends). Her personality, which is eerily similar to Lorelai’s in Gilmore Girls, shines through brightly. Reading the book is much like having a lighthearted chat with Graham over a cup of coffee.
In my favorite chapter “Look Up! A Note from Your Friend Old Lady Jackson”, Graham assures us she would never take any of the viewpoints expressed because she is young and hip! Instead, she shares a letter from “Old Lady Jackson” to younger generations. It’s pretty hysterical.
I also enjoyed the final chapter, which contains Graham’s reflections on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, as it seemed to me to be the most genuine, heartfelt portion of the book. You really got to experience what it was like for her to go back to GG after all these years.
All that being said, much like the Gilmore Girls reboot, I found the book wanting. What was there, I thoroughly enjoyed! I just wanted more. I wanted more Gilmore Girls chatter. I wanted more stories. I wanted more “behind the scenes” moments. I wanted it to go deeper than surface-level. Additionally, the book seemed SO short, I could have read TWICE as much from her! I have to say though that I don’t blame her, I wouldn’t want to put my heart and soul out on a platter for the whole world to scrutinize either.
I would recommend this book to any Gilmore-lover or fan of Lauren Graham with the caveat that they shouldn’t expect any long-winded confessions of her love for Scott Patterson or the like.
I have heard good things about the audio book narrated by Lauren Graham, so if you haven’t read the book yet, that might be a good route to take to get the full experience!
Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Author: Lauren Graham
Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)
Published: November 29th 2016 by Ballantine Book
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir