I was always one of those East Coast kids who refused to button my jacket. I was cold through most of the 1980s.
A mixture of memoir, practical advice, and humorous ramblings, Talking As Fast As I Can is a lovely little audiobook documenting Lauren Graham’s life from school plays through the Gilmore Girls’ revival, interspersed with random bits of both humorous advice (“how fancy people stay fancy!”) and practical guidance (“keep going, keep going, keep going”).
To preface this review, I only watched three seasons of Gilmore Girls before I became way too emotionally invested and had to take a break. Even without this background, I really enjoyed listening to Lauren’s breakdown of each season of the original show. She reminisces about specific characters, parts she loved, and (most entertainingly) her fashion and hairstyle choices. A later chapter discusses her experiences during the Gilmore Girls Reboot, and while I could empathize with her emotions, I did find this section to drag a bit. She spends a good deal of time discussing various actors and actresses with whom I’m not familiar, so much so that it felt like I was watching through a window rather than on set with her.
Outside of the required inclusion of Gilmore Girls chatter, I loved Lauren’s advice sections. Whether it was calling out diet advice books for all saying the same thing or being practical about how effort will determine your success at any endeavor, to discussing “what to do if you missed the train to Happy Couplehood!”, I thought Lauren’s advice was always considerate, down-to-earth, and (of course) presented with a touch of humor. She never held judgment for either side of a debate, but provided some thoughtful and practical tips from her years of experience. I felt remarkably reassured that life works out the way it’s supposed to after these sections.
Lauren’s sense of humor was what made this such a good audiobook. All sarcasm and wittiness and word play, it was occasionally difficult to tell when she was about to ramble off into a joke or stay serious. Her description of REI workers, her junior year attire, and fancy people advice had me laughing out loud. I highly recommend the audiobook version of Talking As Fast As I Can; Lauren’s personality is strong in her presentation and it only adds to the content. This was just a really enjoyable book, even for those of us who haven’t managed to make our way through all the Gilmore Girls seasons (yet!).