“I guess what I’m saying is, let’s keep lifting each other up. It’s not lost on me that two of the biggest opportunities I’ve had to break into the next level were given to me by successful women in positions of power. If I’m ever in that position and you ask me, “Who?” I’ll do my best to say, “You” too. But in order to get there, you may have to break down the walls of whatever it is that’s holding you back first. Ignore the doubt—it’s not your friend—and just keep going, keep going, keep going.”
–Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Growing up I was obsessed with Gilmore Girls. It has been one of my favorite shows since it first started. I enjoyed that the show focused on strong female characters who were great on their own. Lorelai and Rory’s dialogue was always perfect. It was clever and fast paced. These were the women that I wanted to be. Rory felt very representative of what I hoped to be. She was strong willed and valued her intelligence and family above all else. But, this isn’t a Gilmore Girls love fest. (Well not as much of a Gilmore Girls love fest from this point forward.)
As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it. It came as the perfect time. The release of this memoir coincided with the release of 4 new episodes of Gilmore Girls. Though I originally picked this up because of the show it was great for many more reasons.
Lauren Graham’s writing feels genuine. That’s the best way I can describe it. She doesn’t appear to be hiding anything nor does she seem to exaggerate scenarios to create drama. Reading (or listening) to this book feels like having lunch and catching up with an old friend. You can laugh and reminisce together and feel totally at ease.
Graham is in the middle of her story. She’s not so far away from the start that she glamorizes the struggles of her past. Nor is she so early in her career that her only focus is the climb to notoriety. This made her book that much more poignant for me. She is a woman who knows what she wants. However, she’s not going to change who she is and what she believes in to get there.
Throughout this book we are met with Graham’s life at many different stages. We see part of her childhood, her young adulthood, and where she is currently. Each story that she told made her feel more real and made me love her that much more.
Then there were the parts about Gilmore Girls. I’m not going to lie those sections made me very emotional. It’s so amazing that Graham feels the same way about the show that the fans do. The cast of characters that became our family through our televisions were her family in real life.
Graham goes through significant episodes of the show and gives insight and anecdotes. Those relationships we saw play out on television? They were so great because they were real behind the scenes as well.
Overall, this book was exactly what I needed. It gave me a does of nostalgia and emotion. But, it also gave me more of an insight into Lauren Graham. She was just as vital as as Amy Sherman Palladino in making Lorelai Gilmore the Lorelai we know and love.
I gave this book 5/5 stars.
Are you a Gilmore Girls fan? Have you had a chance to read this book? Have you watched Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall? Leave me all your thoughts below!