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Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane #1)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novelof 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 Har
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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Cleo Maranski
This book was such a disappointment. The characters were completely one dimensional and not at all interesting. The storyline was filled with cliches from every bad Lifetime movie. About three quarters of the way through, I somehow knew how it would end (because it was the one cliche that hadn't been hit yet). The book itself is primarily dialouge and not good one at that. Avoid.
Hmm... well, I've never read "Beaches" (the book many reviewers compared this to) and I'm pretty sure I won't now. Firefly Lane was... meh. Two girls stay "best friends" through four decades and widely divergent paths. Only thing is, emotionally, they stay girls. They never really become women, never break their stupid patterns (and they really are stupid), never evolve.

The characters are 2-dimensional at best: Kate is spineless and weak, Tully is narcissistic and bitchy.

They consider themselv
I really and truly thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Thank you very much Lisa for letting me borrow this! What a great book. It began the year I was born and ended in present day and followed the lives of two best friends named Tully and Kate. I loved reliving the 70's and 80's and 90's with them, all of the pop culture references made this a fun journey. The book is much more than just pop culture though as it follows two young girls who grow into wonderful women with very different personalities. ...more
Meg ♥
Wow. Another emotional sucker punch book by Kristin Hannah. If you are in the mood for a tear jerker she truly never disappoints.

I wanted to read this one for a while, but only actually read it in anticipation of the next part, "Fly Away" being released soon. Also, I follow Kristin on Facebook, and this seems to be the book that all of her fans adore the most. I can see why.

I love books that tell a story through multiple decades. If the author does it right you can almost feel transported to a
(audiobook version) I read this at the insistence of a friend. I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it very much; even though she’s a friend we have some very different taste in books. She went on and on and on about how good it was, but it was only so-so for me, as expected. Firefly Lane tells the story of two girls who become best friends at age 14. It follows them for over 30 years, from the 1970s into the 2000s. The book doesn’t break any new ground, really. For instance, did you know that being ...more
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Ashley Thompson
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Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is a breathtaking trip down memory lane. From 70's teens to 80's young women these two girls have more than a life time worth of memories both good and bad. The 90's usher in permanent choices and the new millineum tumbles in with, "What did I do with my life". The harsh realities of growing up aren't always kind.

Tully Hart is a product of the hippie era or as they say, "Sex, drugs and Rock & Roll". Being torn between living with her grandparents and the occasi
Virginia Hill
Nothing I read about Firefly Lane could have prepared me for the moving story of Tully and Kate. Sure, I've read other books that were emotionally charged and brought me to tears. Several of them were also written by Kristin Hannah. She's a genius at writing human stories that make it impossible not to feel the emotions right along with her characters. This one though...this is an immeasurably touching depiction of family love & strife, career choices, and undying friendship. I haven't read ...more
I cried so much throughout the last 20 or so pages of this book that my husband became genuinely concerned for my well-being. The conversation went pretty much like this:

Me: /trying not to sound like I'm crying
Him: "Are you ok?"
Me: "Yes, I'm fine."
Him: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Yes, it's just sad."

5 minutes later...
Him: "Are you sure you're ok?"
Me: "Yes! Leave me alone!"
Him: "It's just that you're crying really hard."
Me: "I know. I'm just a big sap."

5 minutes later...
Him: "Are you going to be all righ
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Jennifer Currey
This book was recommended to me and I took one look at the size and thought "there are like 15 books on my shelf right now that I want to read" but against my better judgement, read it and LOVED IT! By far, the best friendship book I have ever read. Each of my closest girl friends are getting a copy for Christmas. THIS IS A MUST READ!
A long, tiresome read. The 400-plus-paged novel relies on the characters' relationships to sustain the plot and reader interest, but those relationships, like the characters, are clichéd and two-dimesional and somewhat hard to believe. Also hard to believe are the personal stories of the characters — such as Tallulah Hart, who rises to success as a TV journalist, covering everything from individuals' crises to international affairs... only to host a daytime talk show called "The Girlfriend Hour" ...more
Although I feel that the plot is somewhat formulaic (and there were parts that reminded me of the movie Beaches), the story is well-written and entertaining. I found I had trouble putting the book down, and when I wasn't reading it, I found myself thinking about the story. In one sense, I feel that the plot is a little bit predictable, but I didn't find myself minding it because the story itself and the way it's written is so engaging. It just makes you want to continue reading. A good read.
I didn't actually finish this book. I read the first 50 pages and the last 5 pages. From what I understand, I wasn't missing much. How many times do you think Tully and Kate said "We're best friends, right?" throughout the book? Perhaps I'm missing something in my relationships because I don't recall constantly verifying with someone that we're best friends, especially after knowning them for what, one day?

This book should be sold as young adult fiction. The writing is horrible, and not one of t
I loved this book.

This book begins with the friendship of Tully and Kate at age 12. They couldn't be any more different. Tully is a gorgeous, social free spirit, whereas Kate is awkward and tightly wound.

I was fascinated with this story of a long-lasting friendship as the two characters make choices about who they are and who they want to be. I enjoyed the references to music, pop culture, and news events as the girls pass through the 1970s, 80s, 90s, to present-day.

Read this book if you've eve
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Mandy Sue
Aug 13, 2008 Mandy Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: This book will hit home with everyone.
Recommended to Mandy Sue by: My Mom.
Shelves: fiction
Tully and Kate (TullyandKate) who both feel they are outsiders meet when they are in junior high. They are complete opposites destined to one another thanks to residency on Firefly Lane. After a horrible experience happens to Tully she confides in Kate and the two become best of friends. A friendship that spans over 30 years. The two promise to do everything together and through trials and heartbreaks they end up keeping that promise.

Kristin Hannah references all the styles, songs and major even
Jul 31, 2008 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who has ever had a best friend
Absolutely loved this book! If you've ever had a best friend that you couldn't live without, this book is for you!

Kate and Tully become BFF in the summer of 1974 when they are both awkward teens. Tully is a wild, free spirit, whose mother is a drug addict and frequently absent from her life. Kate is a well-rounded, good-girl with two stable parents and a network of love and support. Tully wants so badly to have what Katie has and Katie is eager to be free of her overbearing mother.

Their tight fr
This was a great time period story, that took me back with all of the references to cloths, songs and sayings. An unlikely friendship is created when two girls are thrown together through geography and timing. Throughout their lives it becomes clear that one is a taker and one is a giver, yet somehow this becomes a complete recipe for a lifetime bond that is quite complicated but enduring.

This story truly shows how tragedies and successes shape and turn all of our lives. A 3.5 listen that was t
"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." ...more
In the Summer on 1974, Kate Mularkey happened upon one of the most gorgeous girls she has ever seen; Tully Hart. Tully moved into the house across the street with her mother Cloud. Cloud (Dorothy Hart) is a pothead and didn't care much for her daughter at all. Since Tully never had the real family that she always imagined, she was essentially adopted by the Mularkey's as their second daughter. The girls got into the typical teenage trouble of sneaking out of the house, tasting alcohol and occasi ...more
Gail (myJunegirls)
Sometimes I love a good cry. Well, if you are like me, you'll love this book. I found it amusing, emotional, moving, reminiscent and sad. It had everything in it. I would highly recommend it for a guick read. It was a little predictable in that you knew something like the end was going to happen- but it didn't take away from the impact of the ending.

Another fabulous book. What scares me is I have found one of the best ever authors and never want to run out of her books to read ! Loved the relationships in this book and the childhood antics which also brought a reminders back to me (sorry mom !)
Crystal Sams
Oct 17, 2013 Crystal Sams rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers and/or Daughters
Recommended to Crystal by: Tamara Meade
It took me a long time to get into this book. It was another one where I wasn't really a fan of one of the main characters. And there were so many "trips down memory lane" that I didn't have memories of, being a child of the 80's. It was like a d-list celebrity name-dropping. Like she was trying too hard to get the reader to be in the moment. And every other sentence had about 7 adjectives in it. All of that said, the book was good. Though, I do wonder how good it would have been if I hadn't liv ...more
I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that the mere description on the back of the book screamed "CHICK LIT!!!!!!!!!!!" to me and I usually don't tend to go for those books (with the exception of Emily Giffin, and now, it seems, Kristin Hannah too). I started reading it though and could not put it down. It wasn't a particularly memorable story, and it was kind of cheesy and predictable at times. The thing is that I didn't start reading the book expecting anything besides a predictable chi ...more
Reading this book must be the literary equivalent of watching a Lifetime movie. Such movies do not appeal to me, and neither did this book.

The story is described on the cover as "epic," spanning several decades. What this often means is that the author squeezes in specific song names, products and clothing descriptions whenever she can. Rather than adding to the texture of the story, it feels like the author is mechanically making her way down a list of cultural references.

The characters are ste
Just finished but still can't see clearly through the tears. I will have a review soon.

OK, new day and my mind has cleared! For an overview of the book, click on Firefly Lane. If you decide to read the book, have a few Kleenex nearby.

There are three main characters: Kate, Tully, and friendship. Kate and Tully meet in 1974 when Tully moves to a house across from Kate on Firefly Lane. They promise to remain best friends no matter what: and that friendship lasts 30+ years through good times and ba
I had a feeling this one was going to be a very light, fluffy, chick-lit kind of book, and while it was chick-lit, it was a bit of a deeper read than I was expecting, covering a range of issues from rape and mothers abandoning children to resolving deeply hurtful situations with good friends and dealing with serious injuries/illnesses.

Someone had suggested tissues may be necessary, and although it is unusual for me to cry while reading, I admit to a welling up of tears that did flow down my face
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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“That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours. ” 432 likes
“That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours.” 281 likes
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