Book Review – Talking As Fast As I Can

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.

“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.” (Lauren Graham) ~via Goodreads

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) w/Bonus Chapter
Lauren Graham
Ballantine Books
Published October 3rd 2017
(Originally Published November 29th 2016)

 

 

Talking as Fast as I Can has been on my Wish To Read list (high-priority TBR) since November 2016, when it was first published. For whatever reason (#momlife), I never got around to reading it and you know what? I’m kinda glad. Just last month, Talking as Fast as I Can along with a bonus chapter was newly published. Time to pounce!

Please, allow me to start off sharing something… I can be a pretty big fan of memoirs, but only when done right. They need to feel authentic, honest, and extra points for candid. Considering I am already a fan of Lauren Graham’s on-screen work, I had some pretty big hopes for her own personal written work. Between my hopes and other people’s feedback, I ended up setting the bar pretty high on this read. I must say, I dove in to Talking as Fast as I Can with some pretty big expectations. So unfair, right?

Well, here’s the deal… You know how you know when a book is good? You know a book is a solid choice when you set your alarm 2 hours early, waking yourself on a weekend before the rest of your house is stirring, just so you can grab some quiet time to be with that book and a coffee. Yes, I did that. That is how much I loved Talking as Fast as I Can. Seriously folks, this book is fabulous. I needed some quiet, alone time with my book.

What made Talking as Fast as I Can so darn great?

Every so often I find myself pressing post-its on the pages of a book because a certain passage feels special or causes me to connect or offers valuable advice or is just so thought provoking that I need to share with a friend. I can’t tell you how many colorful post-its I peppered through these pages and how many emails I sent with quotes and how many times I ran out of the room, book in hand, because I read something so funny or so real or so important that I wanted needed to share with someone else.

Obviously, I expected Talking as Fast as I Can to make me laugh and yes, I laughed! But, I did not expect to really have any big take-aways. Even still, Lauren Graham generously shared her personal wisdom from her own experiences and a special letter from a certain Old Lady Jackson that is just… well, you need to read it for yourself. It’s valuable stuff.

Talking as Fast as I Can is a fast, fun, and gratifying read. I could hear Lauren Graham’s voice in every word. I loved reading about her start in theatre and how she handles the scene. I loved reading about her upbringing and experiences as a young(er!) person. And, of course, I loved reading her reflections and experiences on Gilmore Girls (then and now). Perhaps what I loved most, though, are those little nuggets of wisdom that were so delightfully sincere, yet so unexpected (the best gifts usually are).

I gave Talking as Fast as I Can 5/5 stars
★★★★★

 

Thank you LibraryThing and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read Talking as Fast as I Can in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

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