Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Firefly Lane, a book review.

Firefly Lane,
a novel by Kristin Hannah
My rating:
2 (of 5) stars.
I have to be honest, I didn't enjoy this book...
my girlfriends will be disappointed with me because
it came highly recommended by a few of them and
overall it has a good message.
They loved it; I wanted to - I just never got there.
I know its a NY Times bestseller, I just failed to find what all the hype was about.
The book was a very slow read for me, mainly because:
  • I thought the storytelling was dry
  • I found the writing very elementary
  • I tried, but could not connect with the characters

This is just my take on it, but I found Tully very arrogant, pompous, and self-righteous. I just couldnt find myself rooting for her to succeed, despite the hardships she endured throughout her childhood and overcame into adulthood.

As far as Kate goes, I know she and Tully are supposed to be best friends (TullyandKate), which is the backbone of the story, but Kate just seemed like a doormat to me and I didnt find myself saying she was a good friend because of it, I kind of felt sorry for her because I found her pathetic.


Overall, the story ended with a good message.

The story is a very personal journey for the author whose mother passed away from IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer) which Kate is diagnosed with and eventually passes away from (ooops! if I gave the ending away, sorry!) In that respect, I think the book does a great job of spreading awareness to women, encouraging breast exams and mammograms.


In any case, here is a brief synopsis if you're interested in the book:

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.

bFrom 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.


If you're in the area, I have no problem loaning it out (it will not be missed- lol) or more info on the book here:


xo Rach

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