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Firefly Lane

(Firefly Lane #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  243,523 ratings  ·  19,631 reviews
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 Ha
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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Deb Not really, the name of the street where the main characters grow up in called Firefly Lane. However, as they often remark, they never actually see an…moreNot really, the name of the street where the main characters grow up in called Firefly Lane. However, as they often remark, they never actually see any fireflies there.(less)
Jayne I think this is a perfect book for a 14 year old! The rape is a non graphic page of what happens when an innocent teen goes to a party. So life lesson…moreI think this is a perfect book for a 14 year old! The rape is a non graphic page of what happens when an innocent teen goes to a party. So life lesson, in a way that might make a young girl think about her choices. Drugs and sex are not an integral part of this story. The story is about best friends forever....until the end. (less)

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Cleo Maranski
Feb 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, absolutely anyone.
Shelves: best-books-ever

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.
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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.
Michael David
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
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
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction

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.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 mos
Always Pouting
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tha ...more
Elyse  Walters
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read years ago when the book was released!
Read Stephanie's'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!!!
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Theresa Alan
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 fl
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, Kat
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 t
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 de
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
(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
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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
Tom Lewis
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who want to use it for kindling
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 spr
Megs ♥
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, z2013-reads
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
Ashley Thompson
Nov 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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May 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction, arc
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
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate and Tully meet during the summer of 1974 when Tully and her Mother, Cloud, moved into a home on Firefly Lane. Kate is feeling lonely. She has been left behind by her friends and keeps to herself until one day she sees the new girl waiting by the bus. Tully appear to be strong, vibrant, beautiful and the direct opposite of Kate. Tully has a sad home life. She has mainly been raised by her Grandparents while her drug addicted Mother drifts in and out of her life. When Tully meets Kate, she me ...more
Susan Z
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am so late to the party. I love to watch books come to life in movies and series, even though they almost never measure up. When I hear it's coming to life I almost always grab the book to read it first. So here I am with Firefly Lane. Netflix I'm getting ready for you!

This book spans the 70s through the 90s, full of pop culture and major news stories as we follow two lifelong friends on their journey through life. Growing up during the late 70s and 80s, this was so nostalgic for me.

Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, audiobook
***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 (view spoiler)
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 occasional
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 2 and 3 stars (rounded up to three because the Narrator is excellent)

If you have seen a certain "tearjerker" film in the eighties, you might think this book is a complete rip-off copy-cat of that ... at least I did. Not going to mention the film as, if I do, you will know the outcome/plot/storyline! The first half of the book was interesting enough, I suppose but it just free-fell (is there such a word?) into cheesy, drama, "let't write something that will get us a "Netflix" deal" rhetor
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