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Firefly Lane
Firefly Lane
Author: Kristin Hannah
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 tw...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312537074
ISBN-10: 0312537077
Publication Date: 1/6/2009
Pages: 496
Edition: 1
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 1032 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 20
This is an absolutely great book. It is about two best friends and the ups and downs of their relationship, their different personalities and the stages of their lives. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. One of the best books I have read lately.
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Helpful Score: 17
This was the first book I read by Kristin Hannah and thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. The novel took me back to my youth and the pains associated with growing up and making friends.

I read it from cover to cover and identified with both Kate and Tully and their likeliest of unlikely friendships.

It's an evolutionary tale of life growing up in the Pacific Northwest and spans 30 years.

A great read.
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Helpful Score: 15
We can all dream about having a REAL best friend. This book brings it to life. You will feel every emotion when reading this book! I really liked it!
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Helpful Score: 11
It's 1974 and two 14 year old girls are neighbors on Firefly Lane. Even though they are in the same grade and of the same age, they are different enough in personality and background that they are not friends. However one spring night, a personal tragedy bridges the gap between the girls and sparks the beginning of a life-long friendship. This book follows the girls as they grow older, go to high school, college, and then embark on careers and family.

Although a bit formulaic it is nonetheless a touching story of friendship through the decades. I found it particularly appealing because I'm of an age that is very similar to the main characters, so this story really brought back memories of high school in the 70's, college in the 80's, getting married, and the stresses of early motherhood. This is the third book I've read by this author and my favorite so far.
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Helpful Score: 10
Firefly Lane is one of those books you will still carry with you long after it is finished. During the book I kept myself asking how it is possible that night and day have become friends. Kate the co-dependent person whose major goal is to have a family and Tully the reckless, career driven one. Through ups and downs Kate always gives Tully a break even when she crosses lines interfering with Kate family issues and upbringing of her daughter.

I believe that everyone who has experienced friendship over a longer period of time can relate to those two in one way or another. You will find pieces of yourself in Kate and Tully.
I felt sad when the book ended. Not only because of its tear jerking ending but also because I would have like to read more.
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I had a hard time rating this book because even though I found many of the plot points to be predictable, there were still many others that I found very enjoyable. It felt like a young adult book to me much of the time and maybe it actually is?? Anyway, overall it was a good read and I thought the characters were written well.
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I loved this book. It is very well written I really got into the characters and what they went through I laughed with them and cried with them. I cant wait to read fly away the next one in the series, I would reccommend this book to anyone
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Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Sometimes one just needs that good summer read and this was definitely that.
Kate is a girl in Jr. High who is always on the outside of it all. She has no friends, gets great grades, reads The Lord of the Rings over and over & is quite lonely. She lives with her mom, dad & brother on Firefly Lane. There is a vacant house across the street and one day she sees that some people have moved in. At the bus stop she meets Tully for the first time. Tully is her age and at first glance they really don't seem to have a lot in common.
Tully is tall, beautiful, has boobs already and is instantly popular at school with the girls & the boys. She ends up getting hurt by trying to be too cool and the only one to come to her rescue and defense is Kate.
Thus begins the story of their forever friendship.
The story goes through their high school years, their years at University of Washington and through their adult lives. Tully is all about the work, all about the career & while Kate wants a career she also wants to find love, happiness and settle down with a family. She had a wonderful example set for her by her family but Tully's father left before she was born and her mother is a doper who leaves Tully with her grandmother every couple of years to return for her four years later. And when the mother does have her, she doesn't parent her. She is too busy getting high to care what Tully does.
I found this book to be a page turner. It's quite thick but once I began it I didn't want to put it down. It's happy, it's nostalgic, it's funny, it's romantic, it's sad & heartbreaking; it's all the things a woman looks for in a summer read. I enjoyed it tremendously and am looking forward to the sequel.
rainpebble | Jul 28, 2013

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