Gilmore Girls has been important to me for half of my life. I’ve always had a soft spot for Rory, but only since seeing the reboot have I realized how much Lorelai has influenced me as well.
In light of this, I was excited about Lauren Graham’s memoir release, Talking as Fast as I Can – what the Gilmore girls are famous for.
Lauren Graham isn’t Lorelai Gilmore, but she’ just as inspirational (if no more so since she’s, you know, a real person).
I was a little concerned about reading it, since my mom (who read it first) was clear that the book wasn’t entirely or even mostly about her experience filming Gilmore Girls. But it is about following your dreams, and that was enough to make me enjoy it.
Much like Scrappy Little Nobody, Graham’s memoir was formatted as a collection of personal essays, each centered on a particular theme. Graham’s personal essays are also organized chronologically, showing her development as a person and actor in a similar fashion to a novel’s main character. She starts with her childhood on a houseboat and goes on to describe some of the things she did to further her career and live in New York City before detailing her latest projects, including this book and the Gilmore Girls reboot.
Overall, Graham’s message is to be true to yourself. She makes it clear when she was happiest and when she was miserable and the difference is whether or not she follows her own gut. She writes about aging in Hollywood and how she still has to make choices and keep her true self in mind. And in the midst of it all, she talks about Gilmore Girls.
Talking as Fast as I Can feels like a conversation, like someone you know has connected you to Lauren Graham and she is trying to mentor you as best as she can, by telling you about her own successes and failures. If you like Gilmore Girls, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re struggling to follow your dreams, you’ll love it. Even if you’re just looking for a comfort read and for someone to tell you everything is going to be okay, this is the book you should read.