Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah

Title: Firefly Lane
Author: Kristin Hannah
ISBN: 9780312537074
Pages: 528
Release Date: February 4, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Thirteen year old Kate Mularkey didn’t really have any close friends until Tully Hart moved in across the street.  Though Tully seemed to have it all, she was just as lost as Kate and in need of someone to support her and believe in her.  As the years pass and Kate and Tully grow, they remain inseparable.  They have their ups and downs, until Tully betrays Kate in a way she never thought possible. 

Review:

Firefly Lane is a gripping and heart wrenching novel about the importance and power of friendship.  Tully and Kate are lost souls at the beginning of the novel.  Kate is a “good girl” – she does her homework and doesn’t stay out late.  But she doesn’t have anyone to share her good times with, no one to understand her.  Tully is beautiful and she seems so put together, but underneath, she’s broken.  Her mom shows much more interest in smoking pot than in her own daughter.  Tully find a home with Kate, someone to love her unconditionally.

A book like Firefly Lane is very character driven, and it simply wouldn’t work without engaging and lifelike characters that the reader really roots for.  Luckily, Kristin Hannah is very good at that – Kate and Tully were both well-written characters.  It’s not difficult to sympathize with Kate, who’s always overshadowed and never in the spotlight.  She’s glad to step aside for Tully, but at the same time she hurts every time she does.  I loved it when Kate finally decided to step out of Tully’s shadow, to begin to live for her own and was glad that it didn’t take too long to happen.

Tully was a little more difficult of a character.  Because she’s the star, it’s hard to sympathize with her as much.  Tully is by no means unlikeable, but she makes poor decisions a lot of the time, and she could be very selfish.  Though she wanted to be a good friend to Kate and cherished her very much, it was clear that Tully tended to put herself first, or at least to not think about situations from her dear friend’s point of view.

Firefly Lane is a novel that tugs at your heart strings.  It’s meant to make the reader cry, and it certainly does.  In some ways, the drama is over the top.  However, Kristin Hannah knows her audience well; she knows how to hook them, how to keep them reading.  Despite the length, this is a book you’ll stay up late into night to finish.  Fans of women’s fiction should definitely pick this one up.

Comments

  1. A good friend of mine keeps trying to convince me to read this. She swears it is the best thing she’s ever read, and that she cried like a baby at the end. Personally, if I feel like I am being manipulated, it makes me mad. Those Nicholas Sparks make me feel that way. I am wondering whether I would feel that way about this book…

  2. A good friend of mine keeps trying to convince me to read this. She swears it is the best thing she’s ever read, and that she cried like a baby at the end. Personally, if I feel like I am being manipulated, it makes me mad. Those Nicholas Sparks make me feel that way. I am wondering whether I would feel that way about this book…

  3. I love character driven books, and I have been looking for a good book about friendship. I want to remember that I love my friends and cry my eyes out. Sounds like this is the perfect book for me.

  4. I love character driven books, and I have been looking for a good book about friendship. I want to remember that I love my friends and cry my eyes out. Sounds like this is the perfect book for me.

  5. I second your review! Love Kristin Hannah’s books and how the characters manage to worm their way into your heart! This one made me cry too.

  6. I second your review! Love Kristin Hannah’s books and how the characters manage to worm their way into your heart! This one made me cry too.

  7. I’ll have to check this one out. Your review was great! I like character driven books and this one sounds like its right up my alley. Thanks!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. I’ll have to check this one out. Your review was great! I like character driven books and this one sounds like its right up my alley. Thanks!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  9. I love character-driven novels but am not a huge fan of women’s fiction. Still this one piques my interest so I’d be willing to try it based on your review.

  10. I love character-driven novels but am not a huge fan of women’s fiction. Still this one piques my interest so I’d be willing to try it based on your review.

  11. I first want to say, I love the cover. It looks like a book, i’d really enjoy. Thanks for the great review.

  12. I first want to say, I love the cover. It looks like a book, i’d really enjoy. Thanks for the great review.

  13. Great review! This is a book that I have been wanting to read! I love K. Hannah’s writing style and stories!

  14. Great review! This is a book that I have been wanting to read! I love K. Hannah’s writing style and stories!

  15. I’ve been curious about Kristin Hannah, and I love novels about friendship.

    Thanks for the review!

  16. I’ve been curious about Kristin Hannah, and I love novels about friendship.

    Thanks for the review!

  17. I’ve never read Kristin Hannah but I love books about friendship. I’m going to have to give one of her books a try!

  18. I’ve never read Kristin Hannah but I love books about friendship. I’m going to have to give one of her books a try!

  19. This sounds so good! I want to know more about Tully and Kate’s friendship after your review.

  20. This sounds so good! I want to know more about Tully and Kate’s friendship after your review.

  21. I really enjoyed this book too. It made me want to call my best friend and hang out. So many things happening…good discussion material as well! 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  22. I really enjoyed this book too. It made me want to call my best friend and hang out. So many things happening…good discussion material as well! 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  23. This one sounds like a good one for a book club. And it sounds like women’s fiction that I might enjoy.

  24. This one sounds like a good one for a book club. And it sounds like women’s fiction that I might enjoy.

  25. Hmm. This has been hanging around on my TBR shelf for awhile. Maybe it’s time to get to it. Glad to know you think it’s worthwhile.

  26. Hmm. This has been hanging around on my TBR shelf for awhile. Maybe it’s time to get to it. Glad to know you think it’s worthwhile.

  27. This is the best book I ever read. It’s not like Nicholas Spark books where they manipulate you, it genuinely makes you feel emotional. You’re happy when the characters are happy and sad when the characters are sad. Honestly, I’ve never read a better book in my life.

  28. This is the best book I ever read. It’s not like Nicholas Spark books where they manipulate you, it genuinely makes you feel emotional. You’re happy when the characters are happy and sad when the characters are sad. Honestly, I’ve never read a better book in my life.

  29. I listened to this one on audio last year and loved it. The story and the characters hooked me! I recently read True Colors and that one didn’t have quite the same appeal to me.

  30. I listened to this one on audio last year and loved it. The story and the characters hooked me! I recently read True Colors and that one didn’t have quite the same appeal to me.

  31. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I received a copy awhile back, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read it. Looks like I’ll have to make time and be ready to stay up late. 🙂

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  32. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I received a copy awhile back, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read it. Looks like I’ll have to make time and be ready to stay up late. 🙂

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  33. Anonymous says:

    love the book ~.<3
    best book of my life !

  34. Anonymous says:

    love the book ~.<3
    best book of my life !

  35. anonymous 2 says:

    I love this book soo much!!!! Everyone out there should read it that has a best friend!!! I cried my eyes out at the end though which made the story even better. I got emotionally involved in the novel. Best friendship novel ever!!!

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