Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

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I love anything Lauren Graham, except her newest book, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between. I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan and I enjoyed watching Parenthood. Lauren Graham has acted in many movies, most of which I have also liked. She even wrote one of my favorite books, Someday, Someday, Maybe. So why didn’t I like this book? It was boring, it was short, and there was so much random filler in it. I can’t even call it an autobiography because there just wasn’t much to it.

The book starts off with Lauren recalling parts of her childhood. She lived in Japan with her mom when she was little,  but it was only mentioned briefly. It sounded really awesome and I wanted to know more, but she really didn’t go into a lot of detail. She also lived on a boat with her dad, which was talked about through a phone conversation she had with her dad. This was strange, in my opinion. (Not the boat part, but the phone conversation part. She also does shout out to random people on random talk shows throughout the books. I found this to be very immature and unprofessional. I would love to know how many exclamation points were used in her book because I think there are about 1,000 too many. I don’t know what it is about autobiographies and why authors feel the need to emphasize everything. We get it, you’re excited to be writing about your own life, stop with the unnecessary punctuation.

If you are a Gilmore Girls fan, then you should skip to chapter 6 “What It Was Like, Part One.” In this chapter, Lauren Graham binge watches Gilmore Girls and tells you her feelings about every season. She says this is the first time she has ever really seen the show. I think that is kind of weird, but I guess I have to believe her. After chapter 6, skip to the last chapter, “What It Was Like, Part 2.” In this chapter, Lauren Graham reflects on the Gilmore Girls revival through her own diary entries. I personally think the entire novel should have been chapter 6 and then more of her diary from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I would have given that book an A+. I can really only give this book a C, at best.

I enjoyed getting the inside scoop on the Gilmore Girls revival. I also learned that Lauren Graham is dating her old costar from Parenthood, Peter Krause. I guess I am late in the game in discovering this information. It was cool to read about all of Lauren Graham’s friends and family members that made guest appearances in both the original Gilmore Girls and the revival. I also liked the random pictures she placed on different pages. If you haven’t seen the Gilmore Girls revival yet, I would definitely wait to read Lauren Graham’s latest book. Carrie Fisher was mentioned in this book, which is bitter sweet because she just passed away not too long ago. Betty White is also referred to, which made me laugh because I started reading it on her 95th Birthday. What are the odds?

If you have to choose between Lauren Graham’s two books, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between and Someday, Someday Maybe, I would choose to read her fiction novel and skip the autobiography. Like I said, I really enjoyed reading her fiction novel. I am hoping her next novel is just as good as her first. I also hope that there is more Gilmore Girls to come. Lauren Graham hinted at it enough….and I totally agree, the ending was a total cliffhanger.