Review: Firefly Lane
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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.
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.
One of my friends loves Kristin Hannah and while I have heard the name before, I’ve actually never read anything by her. She decided that it was about time for me to change that and let me borrow one of her favorite books by Hannah, Firefly Lane. After reading it, I couldn’t believe I never picked up anything by Hannah before.
Firefly Lane is a wonderful book that takes you down memory lane. The book starts in the 70s when Tully and Kate first meet each other and become best friends forever and closer than sisters. It then follows the girls and chronicles their lives as they enter their young adult years in the 80s, become adults in the 90s, and enter the new millennium wondering if they accomplished everything they had set out to accomplished when they were younger. The book contains many pop culture references and it made me smile to see all those references from my childhood.
Hannah crafts a beautiful story about two friends that are as close as can be and their journey through life together. The story contains all the heartaches they went through together, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, and how their friendship only grows stronger as the years pass.
This was just one of those books where the characters really do come alive and jump off the pages of the books. By the end of the book I felt like I grew up right alongside Tully and Kate. The characters feel so real and the problems they encountered are the same problems that we have faced when we were growing up. It was very easy to relate to both Tully and Kate and follow them on their journey as they literally grew up right in front of our eyes.
Firefly Lane was a beautiful book that followed the lives of two girls who could not be more different from one another, yet found a way to build a friendship that was closer than sisters. It’s a book that I would highly recommend and one that will have you walking down memory lane and thinking about your old friendships and childhood.