Title – Talking As Fast As I Can (Goodreads)
Published – November 29th 2016
Genre -Nonfiction; Memoir
Summary – 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 (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
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Talking As Fast As I Can is Lauren Graham’s second book but first nonfiction about her life. (Her first book, Someday Someday Maybe, was a fiction book not based on her life. I wrote a full review on the book which you can read here.)
The first thing I want to note about Talking As Fast As I Can is how I love that Lauren Graham’s personality comes out clear as day in her writing. Without a doubt, Lauren Graham is Lorelai Gilmore! It is obvious from the first chapter that they are basically twins with the same exact personality. So picture Lorelai Gilmore’s humor and wit (and face too 🙂 ) when reading this book.
Talking As Fast As I Can includes some chapters about her childhood, school-years, and post-grad, then about her experience taping the pilot for Gilmore Girls (the contract wasn’t even signed and she was actually also filming for another show). When the show was picked up, they were slotted at the same time as the classic sitcom Friends (another one of my favorite show). They thought it was a death-sentence for the show, but it is no surprise now how the show would steal so many hearts and continue for seven seasons! Each season of Gilmore Girls has its own section in Talking As Fast As I Can! Talk about gold!
Lauren talks about the sad wrap of the fast-talking show and then her experience on the set of Parenthood. She becomes fast friends with the cast members and she actually has time on her hands for the first time in years. This is when she started writing.
Oh, and of course Lauren includes how she found out that Netflix picked up the revival Gilmore Girls: Year In The Life, and her emotional experience coming back on set and filming. She includes some journal entries of days on set. (If you haven’t seen these episodes yet, she warns you that there might be some spoilers but I don’t think there is too many.)
Cue all the feels. I will warn you: if you read this book, you will feel very very very nostalgic.
I love Lauren’s writing and I loved all the flashbacks to Gilmore Girls. This book was a home-run in my opinion!
Lauren talks about writing the screen play for The Royal We. I read this book a while back and thought the book fell a bit short (you can read my full review here) but if Lauren and Mae Whitman are working on something for it, I will probably check it out. Somebody tell me: Is this going to happen??!?!?
In case you decided to skip reading these long paragraphs, here is my short video review of Talking As Fast As I Can:
Get ready to feel nostalgic about Gilmore Girls. Lauren Graham nails it.