Friday, March 5, 2010

Firefly Lane book review

Book Review
Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah

Book Description: In the 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 glamor 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 Tully and Kate. Inseparable.

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. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success... and loneliness.

All Kate 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.

My review: I really enjoyed this book. It's a nice read about growing up, being friends, and chasing your dreams. One of the friends becomes a mother, the other becomes rich and famous. Which is better? The author is very good at showing the pros and cons of each; revealing each character's emotions. Kristin Hannah is a hit or miss author. Some of her books are fabulous, while some are not so much. I was very pleased that this is one of her good ones. I found this book in Target's "made into movie" sections, and requested it through (username: Kristalo)
I would highly recommend this book. Then, go and call each and everyone of your friends just to tell them that you are thinking about them!

4 stars for slight language and mild love scenes.


  1. I loved this book too. I would highly recommend it.

  2. I enjoyed this one, too, and I think I remember shedding more than a few tears. Good recommendation!