Book Review Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Book Review Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

I love, love, love a good book about female relationships. I do. Lately, though, I’ve struggled to find one that drew me in, that hooked me. You know what I mean, right? The kind of book that brings you into the story, makes you feel like a fly on the wall, a part of it all, in it.

Maybe it’s my editing clients or the fact that I spend a lot of time writing. I don’t know, but whatever the reason, I just haven’t found a female oriented book I love. So when my best friend suggested I read Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane, I decided to give it a shot. She’s always read things I’ve liked, so I thought for sure I’d love it.

Only, I didn’t. And honestly, I’m really bummed about that, too.

Firefly Lane is the story of two best friends, Kate and Tully. They first meet in middle school (junior high if you’re old, like me) and the book follows their relationship as they age.

Firefly Lane is the story of two best friends, Kate and Tully. They first meet in middle school (junior high if you’re old, like me) and the book follows their relationship as they age.

I specifically didn’t read any reviews on the book before I purchased it. I didn’t want to have any preconceived notions or thoughts about it, and reviews often do that for me.

Kate is a pleaser who gives up what matters to her to make her best friend happy because deep inside, she fears she’ll lose her and then Kate will be nothing.

Tully is a self-involved, insecure little snit who cares nothing about anyone but herself. Granted, she comes by those traits honestly and genetically, but for the love of God, get some therapy girl. The world does not revolve around you. Only it does, because Kate allows it. She allows Tully to walk all over her, dictate her future, and consistently remind her of how much better she is…how much more attractive she is…how much more Tully she is. And everybody, EVERYBODY loves Tully. Even Kate’s husband.

Kate and Tully are completely codependent on each other and for me, it was impossible to like either of them. I tried, honestly, I tried, but I just couldn’t. Truth be told, the character development was good, but I just didn’t like the characters.

At first, I enjoyed the story…the walk down memory lane of growing up in the ’70’s and ’80’s, but soon the story telling dragged. I found myself skipping parts.  “I skipped parts,” is the worst thing you can say about a book. I think the author could have cut a good portion of the book and it would have been better. I wish I would have loved it like some many others, but I just didn’t.

 

 

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BLURB: From the New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you—and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.

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