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From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake 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.

479 pages, Hardcover

First published February 5, 2008

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About the author

Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. It was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and The Week. In 2018,

The Great Alone became an instant New York Times #1 bestseller and was named the Best Historical Novel of the Year by Goodreads.

The Four Winds was published in February of 2021 and immediately hit #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Indie bookstore's bestseller lists. Additionally, it was selected as a book club pick by the both Today Show and The Book Of the Month club, which named it the best book of 2021.

The Nightingale is currently in production at Tri Star, with Dakota and Elle Fanning set to star. Tri Star has also optioned The Great Alone and it is in development. Firefly Lane, her beloved novel about two best friends, was the #1 Netflix series around the world, in the week it came out. The popular tv show stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke and Season Two is currently set to conclude the series on April 27, 2023.

A former attorney, Kristin lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Profile Image for Cleo Maranski.
44 reviews9 followers
February 2, 2008
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.
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189 reviews538 followers
October 19, 2020

Oh.My.God. This book deserves more than five stars, in fact, it deserves every single star in the sky. This book was phenomenal. It tugged at my heart strings in the best of ways. I laughed and I cried.. Oh, how I cried.

This book is about friendship. Although, in my opinion, the word “friendship” doesn’t seem like a big enough word to encapsulate their relationship. They were simply: TullyandKate. Best friends forever.
This book began in the 1970’s and went straight through the Millenium. The reader was able to see both Tully and Kate come of age. Kate had everything Tully wanted: a family. And Tully, had everything Kate wanted: she was drop dead gorgeous and popular. While Tully wanted a family and Kate wanted to have Tully’s charm and good looks, as a duo, they were enough. They completed each other. They made each other whole
In my opinion, what makes a book great is character development. I like to go on a journey with the characters; I like to see them grow, come into their own. Kristen Hannah gave that to me, and more. I also value characters that I can relate to. When I was in high school, I could easily see Kate and Tully walking arm-in-arm down the hallway. In college, I could visualize them walking across my campus.
This book made my heart sing and it made my heart ache.. and yet at the end, I wanted more. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Thankfully, there is a sequel. Thank you Ms. Hannah!
Profile Image for Nilufer Ozmekik.
2,309 reviews44k followers
December 1, 2022
I truly love this book so much but I want to say one sentence about Netflix adaptation: I hate to see Katherine Heigl playing Tully!

Oh please, what have I done to my face? Those red rimmed eyes looks like bleeding blood emphasizing my ugly vampirella image! My swollen, blotchy cheeks, my running nose ( so many people alarmed and already threw hand sanitizers to my face which gave me opportunity to sell each of them from 3-5K on Amazon!) make you think I wrestled with a hedgehog over a muddy ground and lost the fight!

Yes, these are after effects you have to endure when you read something ten times more effective than the most test jerking movie! I already spent so much napkins and toilet papers I got at the panic-shopping! But it’s worth it because this is such a beautifully poignant, remarkably heartfelt and unforgettable story that I’ve been waiting to read so long!

Kristin Hannah is one of my all time favorite authors. Nightingale and Great Alone are my favorite books so I was so sure I’ll enjoy my reading!

This is impressive, well-developed, captivating story about testing the bond of your friendship throughout the years, mother-daughter, husband- wife relationship, family dramas, betrayal, secrets.

Tully and Kate at 1974 when Tully is waiting at her bus and Kate gets lonely after being abandoned by her friends. They’re polar opposites. Kate is more shy, introverted, responsible girl as Tully is playful, adventurous, straightforward, attention seeker, living with her grandparents. So Kate learns to build her self confidence with the help of her friend as Tully learns how ideal family life could be with the help of Kate’s family. ( She has drug addict mother appears in her life without warning and she disappears back without saying goodbye)

So they resume their relationship throughout the years, growing up, experiencing the life by choosing different paths. Kate dreams of happy family life as Tully dreams more adventures, surprising, whirlwind life journey. Kate always supports her friend, keeps her silence even though she doesn’t approve her friend’s decisions. And Tully was immature, bitchy, selfish and self centered at the most parts which made me hate her (when I saw they chose Katherine Heigl to play her role, I smirked: Yes, they found best unlikeable woman!) Especially her attraction with Kate’s husband made me clench my fists. But thankfully the direction of the story changed and saved me from more anger and heartbreak!

The ending ripped my heart! I know this would happen to me! I never finished any of her books without shedding tears but this really destroyed my mood and I have to binge watch tons of comedy series and gallons of wine to recover!

I’m giving blotchy, depressing, heart wrenching stars! ( Tully ate one of the stars with her inappropriate behaviors) if you are into emotional, poignant, meaningful readings, this one is great fit for your expectations.

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656 reviews1,621 followers
February 15, 2021
I wasn’t exactly anticipating this book, but I was curious about the series adaptation on Netflix, and after seeing so many rave reviews...I decided to give it a chance. I am so glad that I did.

Firefly Lane tells the story of Kate Mularkey and Tully (Tallulah) Hart. They meet as young women in 8th grade in 1974. Tully is the cool, popular one who everyone wants to be around. Kate is the studious one who doesn’t have friends at the time she meets Tully. Against the odds, they become fast friends. They make a pact to be best friends forever.

Over the next three decades, there are events that pull them apart (sometimes geographically, sometimes personally), but they always make their way back to each other, never forgetting the pact they made to each other. While Tully’s ambitions take her to reporter fame, Kate chooses a different route. Despite their differences, they’ve managed to keep their friendship alive for 30 years...until a breaking point occurs that may end it.

To say that I was hooked on this story is an understatement. At just under 500 pages (and small font), I read it in a day...and loved every part of it. Author Kristin Hannah paints a rich picture of friendship, love, loss, joy, sorrow, highs, lows. There are so many references to songs of each decade and different events that went on in the world during the times. I felt so much nostalgia, even in the decade I didn’t grow up in.

What I also loved was how in-depth I felt like I knew Kate and Tully. There was no stone left unturned. At times, I felt Tully was extremely selfish and only cared about herself, and yet I understood why she behaved the way she sometimes did. She had a way of always redeeming herself. There were moments I was sick of Kate and her pushover/meek attitude. Then, she would do something powerful and brave.

At the end of the day, it’s a very special and realistic depiction of friendship. Fair warning: If you are as invested in this story as I was, you will want to have some Kleenex in the vicinity.

4.5 stars.

Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com
Profile Image for Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill.
572 reviews618 followers
March 30, 2021
Speechless.. Wow...I loved this so much. ❤️ Kristin Hannah give me my heart back. She tore it out, shattered it into a million pieces and then stomped on it. Yet I can't wait to come back for more with Fly Away!

What did I love about this book? Every single thing. I loved how the author captured that time in young adulthood when your BFF is your whole world. Where you do everything together and practically are one. This feeling was so real that I imagined myself as the third wheel with Tully and Kate biking down Firefly Lane way after curfew. You could just smell the air and the grass and it was so real.

Ahhhh...that music! All the songs that the chapters were titled after...I loved it! It was like a trip down memory lane. I found myself humming along as I flipped the pages. Every song I would say to myself, wow I forgot about that one but I loved it! You know how a song can take you back? Yes well it did!

This was my first book by this author. Her writing style literally blew me away. I now understand what all the hype is about. I can't wait to continue on with this story with Fly Away. Thank you Susan for doing a buddy read with me! It was such a great book to chat with someone about.
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403 reviews16.9k followers
July 17, 2018

I think I'm going to have to limit myself to 2 Kristin Hannah books a year because her books EMOTIONALLY WRECK ME.
This is the 3rd book I've read by her and the 3rd book to make me sob.
Profile Image for Lisa.
452 reviews32 followers
February 16, 2010
I read this dreadful book so that you don't have to.

Imagine that you are in a beginning fiction-writing class. Imagine that the instructor teaches you that good writing is in the details - that there is a difference between a character that "has a cup of coffee" and one who "sips hours-old diner coffee from a chipped mug that once, long ago, was white." Imagine that, after this lecture, your first clumsy effort at writing a story causes you to attempt to pack in every imaginable detail that springs into your mind.

That is what this book is like. Just a few pages into this, the author throws describes a girl "building a Lincoln Log Cabin for her Liddle Kiddles, who were asleep on tiny pink Kleenexes. If she were in her bedroom, she would have a Jackson Five forty-five in her Close 'N Play." Okay, we get it. It's the 1970s. Throughout the novel, the author takes every possible opportunity to throw in as many details as possible to, I suppose, establish the time period. She's wearing big shoulder pads! Because - get it? - it's the 1980s!

But it is not simply the clumsy writing style. It is also the trite, cliched characters in a trite, cliched story, using trite, cliched dialogue that no one would ever use in real life. Kate and Tully become friends in junior high and have a friendship that spans the decades. Kate is shy and reserved, while Tully is outgoing and popular. Kate aspires to be nothing more than a housewife, while Tully wants to be a famous news reporter. Something Bad happens, and I won't tell you what, but if you suspect that Tully could fly higher than an eagle because Kate was the wind beneath her wings, you might be on the right track.

Trite and cliched need not be bad. After all, I read and enjoy chick lit. Even mediocre chick lit. But here, to add insult to injury, the book's editor missed several typos (or doesn't understand basic grammar). I probably missed two-thirds of them because I was trying to read this book fast and just get it over with already. Bad editing like:
-"By eighth grade, she was one of the most popular girl in junior high." (p. 14)
-"'We don't have an internship program here.' 'That what your letters said.'" (p. 125)

I disliked this book so much that, not only will I never read another book by this author, but now I hope never to read a book by anyone who provided a blurb of praise for this novel. I disliked this book so much that it made me angry with Goodreads, because as I was reading this novel, Goodreads gave me a recommendation for some other novel by Kristin Hannah.

And I felt bad for disliking this book, because the author notes in a postscript how this novel was such a personal journey for her, how it's the "most personal of [her:] novels," and how her now-deceased mother inspired her to write it. I wish I had enjoyed it. I wish the characters had been at least a little identifiable, instead of insufferable. I wish I could have cared, at least a little. But then I see that Hannah has written 15 other books, and so I can't cut her any slack. She should know how to write by now.

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912 reviews
February 26, 2021
I was not ready for Firefly Lane — I got sucked into this story immediately about two young girls, Kate and Tully, who form a lifelong friendship in the suburbs of Seattle in middle school. The story follows the girls as they move through high school, college, then beyond, into the working world as adults. They share some interests but forge increasingly different paths though their bond remains.

Like any strong relationship, Kate and Tully experience highs and lows — Joy, jealousy, resentment and forgiveness are all at play. After weathering several hurdles over many decades, one poor decision threatens to end their friendship for once and for all.

I liked Kate more than Tully but could relate to aspects of both of their lives and their feelings at various points in the book. I loved the theme of the importance of friendship and family.
Profile Image for Elyse Walters.
4,010 reviews608 followers
December 14, 2022
UPDATE…. The Netflix series is FANTASTIC… wonderful cast!
But …. The ending ( season 2 ending) leaves a pit in our stomachs.
Who has seen the series? Thoughts about the ending(

Read years ago when the book was released!
Read Stephanie's review...it's beautiful!!!

I was deeply moved - surprised I liked it so much ---mailed it to my sister. She loved it just as much.
I immediately read one more book, by Kristen Hannah...but when it didn't 'wow' me..
I didn't continuing reading more of Hannah's books - but FIREFLY...has a very authentic feeling to it - not pushed - not overly schmaltzy.

Sincerely touching!

Read Stephanie's great review!!!
Profile Image for Always Pouting.
575 reviews762 followers
May 22, 2017
This was the first Kristen Hannah book I read and it's about two girls who become friends in middle school in the 70's and it follows them through their lives. I really enjoyed the writing, I think Hannah is really good at telling stories because I kept wanting to read on. The characters were all complex and made the book feel real. The ending was not that great though and I can agree that some of the plot was derivative but I don't think there's anything wrong with using things in your book that have been done if you do them well, which I think Hannah does.

Profile Image for Gabby.
1,304 reviews28k followers
March 26, 2021
2.5 stars
I know I have an unpopular opinion but I didn't love this... I read this after watching and LOVING the Netflix show and I was told the book was so different from the show and that the book was so much better, but I don't know if it's because I watched the show first but, I actually prefer the show. I adore Kate and Tully's friendship in the show, the actresses have really great chemistry and really bring these characters to life, but for some reason it didn't work as well for me in this book. I liked Tully's character in this show, but damn in this book she drove me absolutely nuts. She's so narcissistic and obsessed with fame and she hurts people as a result of that, and just... damn. It was different from the show but I can see why they made a few change because some of the things Tully does in this book is just.... unforgivable?? I don't know I just didn't expect to feel so upset throughout most of this book.

Also the ending... like are you kidding me?? I don't know if I'm heartless, but that felt like the most desperate reach for an author to make the reader cry at the end; it was a Nicholas Sparks-inspired ending for sure. I don't think I have any interest continuing in this book series but I will watch the show if it gets approved for another season. This book was fine... just not nearly on the same level as the show for me.
Profile Image for Nicole.
513 reviews14.3k followers
July 27, 2021
Odejmują gwiazdkę za ilość tragedii i dramatów rodzinnych.
Druga gwiazdka znika przez lektorkę- Annę Dereszowską, która czasami bardziej odgrywała same dialogi niż je nam czytała, przez co część z nich wybrzmiewa kiczowato.
Profile Image for Christy.
3,918 reviews33k followers
January 17, 2023
2.5 stars

Firefly Lane is my first book by Kristin Hannah. I’ve wanted to read her for years and finally made time since the show was coming out and I always like to read the book before I watch the show… well, in this case, I kind of wish I would have skipped the book. I know this is going to be a very unpopular opinion, but this wasn’t good for me.

I know this book is loved by many, and I hate that it didn't work for me, but it really, really didn’t. This book follows two main characters, Kate and Tully. Kate was someone I liked a lot and could relate to in some ways. Then there is Tully… I spent so much of this book feeling angry and full of rage because of Tully.

Even though I’m a bit curious of what will happen next, I can’t imagine picking up the second book. I still want to try out the show, I’ll watch an episode or two and see if it’s any better, but I can’t read the second book. And I will definitely pick up another Kristin Hannah book in the future, because her writing was great, but this book was not for me.

Audio book source: Audible (purchased)
Story Rating: 2.5 stars
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Narration Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Length: 17 hours and 54 minutes
Profile Image for Regina.
1,136 reviews3,331 followers
February 4, 2021
Who's looking forward to binge watching the Netflix series?!

Quick summary: Two 10-year-old mismatched girls form a friendship in 1974 that spans three decades.

These two flawed characters are easy to get attached to, and the story moves along quickly. The constant ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture references felt a bit heavy handed though, and I was disappointed in the plot device used to bring closure to the novel. No spoilers, but I understand that specific issue was one of Hannah’s motivations for writing this… I just wish I’d known about it before reading 400 pages.

Recommended for women born in the ‘60s, Kristin Hannah fans (obv.), and anyone looking for a tearjerker. Have those tissues close by!
Profile Image for Jan.
510 reviews15 followers
October 3, 2010
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 right?"
Me: "I'll be fine. Quit asking!"
Him: "It's just that you're crying like I died or something."
Me: "Are you kidding? When you die I'll be dancing on your grave." (Don't feel bad; we joke with each other like that all the time.)

Eventually, I went into the bathroom so he'd stop asking me.

At any rate, a lot about this book was extremely cliched, and some of it was rather annoying (i.e. the constant in-your-face cultural references), but I liked it anyway.
Profile Image for Nicole.
750 reviews1,937 followers
September 7, 2021

I read this book 3 months ago and here I am trying to write a comprehensible review. Let's face it, I can't. I tried refreshing my memory and read a few reviews and like usual, some say one-dimensional characters while others praise the multilayered characterization of Kate and Tully. While many loved the writing style, others found it mediocre. So I think it's one of those books that you won't know for sure what you'll think about unless you read them.

I have read several books by Kristin Hannah and The Great Alone and The Nightingale remain my favorite. I recommend any Hannah newbie to start with one of those two.

So here are the thoughts on this book that stuck with me:

As you know, this book tells the story of two best friends, Kate and Tully, from their teenage years to adulthood and the joys, heartaches, and difficulties they went through.

Character-wise, I sometimes loved Tully and Kate but other times, they simply got on my nerves. I hated how they treated each other sometimes but I also loved their bond. I didn't like Tully's overly narcissistic and "doesn't say sorry" attitude. I liked however how Hannah chose to write a successful woman in her career and seeing how she got there. I rarely come across such ambitious main characters (who are ordinary no magic powers) and see their journey climbing the work ladder. Nonetheless, I hated what she did . I was less invested in Kate's story and wish she stood up more to Tully sometimes. But overall, I liked them both.

The story kept me interested throughout the book but I got tired sometimes of the characters' behaviours and of some needless issues. But I was still invested in the story. I found Hannah's style smooth and her writing easily flows transporting you to another time (and yes we have too many 70s references but I didn't mind, maybe because I'm not that familiar with those times.

The ending was typical Hannah and I saw that twist coming because, you can say, I’m used to her style by now. I wish it was done in another way because I wasn't the biggest fan. I mean when you spend the whole book you end appreciating that plot development less.

I still plan on reading the second book but I don't think it was necessary. I read the synopsis and I'm glad it won't like I originally worried. it might.

Briefly, I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, which I recommend, but the book wasn't without its flaws. While I appreciated the imperfect characters, they did annoy me from time to time. Nonetheless, a few months later, I still think positively of this novel. Hannah's fans should definitely give it a go but anyone not familiar with her books should start with another.

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38 reviews
August 10, 2008
(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 rich and famous doesn’t guarantee happiness? How about this: Putting your career above all else might ensure that you end up being lonely because you don’t make time in your life for LOVE! Here’s a revelation: Sometimes stay-at-home moms get overwhelmed and depressed. Oh, and I also learned that teenage daughters oftentimes don’t get along with their mothers! The book wasn’t offensive, but it was nothing special.

The blurb says there is a betrayal in the story. At least I didn’t guess what it was; that was one part that wasn’t predictable. It was totally unbelievable, though. I wouldn’t accept in a million years that one of the women does what she does to her best friend in the whole wide world. It did not work for me at all.

At times I felt assaulted by the information the author used to set the time and place. It’s like she had a checklist and had to mention a certain number of phrases, events, clothing styles, etc, from different time periods. Yes, we understand that time is passing. Yes, we get it that now it’s 1974, or 1982, or whatever. Stop hitting me over the head with your historical references. It seemed really forced, awkward, and out of place at times. One part of the story turns into a mini public service announcement. It was kind of jarring. I understand from the author’s notes that a certain cause is important to her, but the preaching seemed kind of out of place.

I wonder if my sister A would like this book, only because the main characters were born the same year she was, and one of them really liked JRR Tolkien as a teen, as did A. I couldn't really recommend it to anyone else.
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Author 10 books1,044 followers
February 7, 2017
I enjoyed this novel about two girlfriends spanning from the ‘70s to the early 2000s. It alternates points of view between Kate who, when the novel opens, is 14 years old and closely watched by her mother. Tully, on the other hand, has been abandoned by her drug-addict mother and moves in across the street with her grandmother. Tully is rebellious and ambitious, and Kate longs to be cool like her. Kate is stunned when Tully becomes her best friend, and their friendship lasts 30 years.

They are flawed people with likeable attributes, like everyone I’ve met on planet earth. While Tully is completely focused on launching her career into the stratosphere, Kate has never been as career driven and, when she finds herself accidently pregnant, decides to spend all her time being a mom and giving up her career. She finds both the joys and toils of this choice, just as Tully finds there are joys to having a success career at the expense of nurturing other relationships. You see both of their points of view, and neither is necessarily better than the other (depending on your own point of view about what’s important in life).

There were portions of this book that dragged on longer than necessary. Particularly the issues Kate had with her oldest child when her daughter became a pre-teen and then a teenager. It was important to the story line, but I wish it hadn’t gone on for as long as it did.

But at the end, I found myself teary. I could definitely see this being made into a movie. Also, without giving anything away, I learned about something I had not heard about (and now get to be scared about something new).

It’s an important book about what friendship means—like any relationship, it has its ups and downs. I recommend it.

For more of my reviews, please visit: http://theresaalan.net/blog/
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933 reviews4 followers
July 29, 2018
Chick lit is not my thing. If I feel the need to clear my head after reading a deeper book, I'll pick up a mystery, or maybe a middle grades kids book. Yet I had seen two friends, Elyse and Stephanie, write poignant reviews about Firefly Lane, so I let my curiosity get the better of me, and picked it up.

Firefly Lane is about the 30 year friendship of Kate Mularkey Ryan and Tully Hart. These two girls were brought together at age 14 when they were so vulnerable and needed a friend to help them through the turbulent teen years. The book follows their life journey and included myriad references to the pop culture, news events, and music of the times. Even though the book is nearly 500 pages long, it read quickly because I allowed myself to get emotionally involved in the characters, so of course I could not put the book down.
Kate Mularkey is the serious one. Coming from a stable family, her one desire is to find true love. Tully Hart had been abandoned by her drug addict mother too many times to recall and eventually moved in with the Mularkey family. The last thing she knew about was love, and her only desire was to be a news woman at a time when women were finally beginning to break the glass ceiling. Being the novel that it is, Tully shatters that glass ceiling forgoing family life for stardom while Kate marries Johnny her former boss and settles into not so blissful life as an at-home mom. Yet through thick and thin, the women remained best friends.
What I liked about this book was the musical references, the strength of love between Kate and Johnny, and the layers to Tully's character. I also liked being reminded of a simpler time before computers and Internet and social media where kids could stay out late and parents did not need to worry much about where their kids were. After reading this, I realize why I do not read much chick lit: my life like Kate's is that of a busy at-home mom and I don't have the time to get too emotionally involved in the books that I read. As poignant as this story is, I am happier with my mysteries and detective novels.

I noticed that Kristin Hannah wrote a sequel that I am interested in reading as well as The Nightingale which brought her many accolades. I recommend this to those looking for a read about friendship, and perhaps those people who enjoy the chick lit genre more than I do will enjoy it even more than I did.

2.75-3 stars. Book served its purpose as a filler.
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402 reviews106 followers
September 21, 2014
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" to represent the pinnacle of her success as a professional journalist? Right. The book reads as an author's first try, a very rough draft, a story that's readable enough if you have a long train ride and nothing else to do, but certainly not worth your time if you have anything better to do. The story has redeemable qualities, scattered moments in the plot that touch the reader and a few laughs here and there, but the writing is not developed enough to make the novel anything more than mediocre.

Note: I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
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1,869 reviews54.6k followers
December 21, 2021
when i was 11 years old, this was my favorite book on earth.

while other kids were checking out, like, middle grade adventure stories and the first examples of the coming era of young adult dystopian fiction, me and my best friend were addicted to this 479-paged women's fiction hardcover that weighed approximately 12 pounds and followed the lives of two best friends from the 1970s to the present, including passages on sexual assault, underage drinking, drug use, addiction, eating disorders, cheating, betrayal, sex, parenting, violence, and so on and so forth.

why our moms were okay with us reading this i have no idea, but one thing is certain.

i had absolutely indefensible literary opinions then, and i continue to have them to this day.

i should reread this.

part of a series i'm doing in which i review books i read a long time ago and share any relevant epiphanies i may have
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496 reviews184 followers
March 31, 2019
Another beauty from Kristin Hannah. This is the 4th book I have read from her…… and I am loving my Kristin Hannah journey.

This story, the heart of it is a beautiful friendship between Kate and Tully beginning in the late 70’s.
I absolutely loved their journey, two coming of age teenagers from completely different backgrounds and upbringings, when they met there is immediate connection they bring out the best in one another.

We follow their journeys through life, including some crazy wardrobe decisions and bad perms in the 80’s – it’s hilarious, inspirational, heartbreaking and touching story.

This is a fabulous book, it will center you and remind you of what is most important once you strip everything back ……. Love, family and laughter.
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Author 3 books190 followers
February 4, 2019
This was my third Kristin Hannah book after The Nightingale and The Great Alone, and once again she knocked it out of the ballpark. It’s one of the best stories about friendship I’ve ever read. While it’s not at the level of Nightingale (few books are), it’s a solid five star read. Now excuse me while I go reconnect with every friend I haven’t talked to in a while.
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365 reviews62 followers
May 1, 2010
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. Their lives separate and entwine over and over again through the years and the adventures that ensue and the memories they create with each other are priceless.

I really think the author hit the best friend/as close as a sister relationship two women can have on the head and I saw a lot of myself in Tully and a whole lot of my friend Brooke in Kate. I could identify with so much in this book and for that I truly loved it.
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9,564 reviews34 followers
October 3, 2021
Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane #1), Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is an American writer. Firefly Lane is a historical fiction novel.

The story follows the friendship and bond of Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey throughout the years.

Tully and Kate meet as young girls on Firefly Lane and become inseparable friends throughout 30 years of ups and downs.

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.

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.

Genres: Novel, Historical Fiction, Educational, Saga.

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عنوان: همیشه کنارت هستم (مسیر کرم شبتاب)؛ نویسنده کریستین هانا ؛ مترجم مهناز ولی؛ تهران، مون، 1400؛ در 578ص؛ شابک9786227585605؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 21م

داستان دو دختر که «کیت» گوشه‌ گیر و تنهاست، و «تالی» زیبا و دوست داشتنی است، اما دوستی‌ای که بین آن‌ها شکل می‌گیرد، بیش از سی سال پایدار میماند؛ «کیت» میداند که زندگی او چیز ویژه ای نخواهد بود، در دوران دانشگاه، او وانمود میکند، که نیاز به پیروزی و درخشش دارد، اما تنها چیزی که او میخواهد این است که عاشق و سپس بچه دار شود، و زندگی مادرانه داشته باشد، ...؛

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65 reviews5 followers
January 4, 2011
I felt like this book wasn't really about anything. I kept waiting for a plot but three-fourths of the way through I realized there wasn't one. It was very cliche in the sense that it read like a Lifetime Original movie. I predicted that the least-hated girl would die right around the time I realized there was no plot. The so-called friendship that this book was about was so unrealistic that I found myself wanting to tell the sheepish, pathetic, mousy girl (she was so unmemorable that I can't remember her name) that she needed to set some major boundaries with her brash, narcissistic, over-bearing friend. I hated both main characters for dramatically different reasons. I think Hannah was trying to paint the picture of the life choices and paths of two different women. However the portrayals of both were so extreme I think most women live somewhere in the middle.
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556 reviews126 followers
February 26, 2022
As always Kristin Hannah has a 5⭐️ book. Lots of heavy topics. Drugs, alcoholism, poverty to riches and stardom. Abandonment. Death. So much to process. A lot of love. Forgiveness. But in the end forgiveness was lost. Never forget what is the most important. Love-Loyalty-Family. Now for Book 2
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1,158 reviews606 followers
February 22, 2023
I am one of the many that watched the Netflix screen version. I did not know about the book, the show recommended by a friend. I liked the show, so grabbed the book. I wasn’t disappointed.

An easy read but a large undertaking. Spanning three decades, focusing on two women who love and hate each other in equal measure. Tully, larger than life, daughter of an addict and fatherless. Kate, from a happy home, bookish and smart, lacking confidence where Tully compensates tenfold.

Fashion, music, education all lead these two women to a burgeoning career in television for Tully, and family life and motherhood for Kate. As always, these women ponder on what they don’t have, if their lives had gone in different directions – but what is always paramount in these women’s lives is their love and commitment to each other. The most literal example of best friends for ever that I have read. TullyandKate they are known as, Kate’s family become Tully’s, they embrace her as their own as her mother has chosen her addiction over offspring. Abandonment is Tully's constant companion.

"There’s something wrong with me, Katie,” she said quietly, her voice trembling.
“She ditched you?”
“Like a thief in the night.”
“Tallulah Rose Hart, you listen to me right now. I’ll take care of you. Got it? And bring my family with you.”
“You don’t have to yell. I’m coming. We all are. But you better have alcohol ready for me when I get there. And I’m not mixing it with that gross juice your kids drink.”

Kate has a family base of calm for Tully, whose life and inner being is in constant turmoil. All her material wealth does not equate to peace, happiness or contentment.

Kate is as meek as Tully is fierce, it was hard to always sense Kate’s lack of confidence and demurring to Tully. They do compliment each other but Kate did grate at times.

Firefly Laneis a book to become absorbed in, I spent lovely hours with it. An easy read, which is always important to me, to pick up and put down with short amounts of reading time available. It is light and heavy in equal measure, feel good and heartbreaking, stereotypical and edgy also. A book being compared to its screen adaption isn’t always necessary, but I enjoyed both, the personalities true to form, the fashion and music resonating brightly. The imagery jumping out at all stages.

An easy five star read, emotional and teary. I am looking forward to the finale Fly Away.
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553 reviews270 followers
March 20, 2021
***4 stars***

DNFed this book at chapter 32/37 - not because it's not good, but because it got to a point where I wasn't comfortable reading on.

As I was halfway through, I spoiled myself by reading an article comparing the book to the TV show and I found out that

But Firefly Lane is a beautiful novel about family, love and most of all about friendship. It follows the unlikely friendship of two very different teenage girls from the moment they first meet and into their adulthood, all the way to 30 years later when they're still bffs. It beautifully depicts the ups and downs of this relationship and how it changes through the years as they mature.

If you like contemporary fiction about friendships and don't mind having your heart broken, I do recommend this one.
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160 reviews1,284 followers
February 1, 2013
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 certain time, and I love that! Hannah, in my opinion, does an amazing job.

The story starts out in the 60s with two girls who live completely different lives, yet are searching for the same things. Tully is the girl who raises her pot-head mother, and Kate is the goody goody with parents she often feels are smothering. She soon realizes that Tully has the freedom she longs for and she has the loving family Tully dreams of. The girls live out their lives with a lot of twists and turns that they could have never seen coming. As young girls they planned to be anchorwoman together doing news broadcasts, but life doesn't always turn out the way you think it will, does it?

I finished this book with a face full of tears, and to me that shows that Hannah really knows how to touch her readers. She says in her afterword that this is a story that was very personal to her, and you can see why. The characters are very well written, and you always find yourself rooting for these girls to get what they want out of life. The best part about this book is how it shows that sometimes you DO get what you want out of life, and you can still be unhappy or feel as if you are missing something. This is a struggle that so many people deal with, and I think Kristin wrote this story beautifully.

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