Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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. 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 Thoughts: Hannah's novel is the 16th book I read this year yet the very first to make me cry. And I should admit, I cried like a baby. Oh my the tears. Simply put, if you can make me cry, you've hit something deep within me. Kudos! The relationship between Kate and Tully transcends time. For over 30 years, they tackle every up and down that could possibly come their way: death, college, love, heartbreak, adulthood and loss. The author is so full of passion that this novel is like a web that holds you hostage with the want to know how? why? when?. By the end of the book, you'll be reaching for the Kleenex and calling your best friend to tell her how much she means to you. Guaranteed. 

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Happy reading!

 

37 comments:

  1. Great another book to add to my long list!

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    1. It's so good. I read it within a week of picking it up.

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  2. I loved this book, but it is so so sad! Really a great read, though!

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    1. Oh girl, it was sad, wasn't it? Lordy did I bawl at the end.

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  3. you had me at the first book that made you cry! I don't know why that intrigues me so but I am adding to the list for sure!

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    1. I've read so many this year so this should say something about this book. Also? I'm not a crier. At all.

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    1. So good! If you need a quick read or a good cry, this is it!

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  5. Ohhh I need to check this book out! I have seen her books on the bookshelves recently but I haven't picked them up yet. Sometimes I love a good cry book and other times I don't but this looks great!

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    1. It's worth the messy eye makeup. Such a wonderful story!

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  6. I read this book awhile back and loved it. The story line is a little rusty and I may just have to pull it out again to re-read.

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    1. It's a good one and I think if you pick it up again, you'll breeze right through it.

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  7. I've got to add this book to my wish list!

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  8. I'm a sucker for a good book that can stir up the emotions!

    xo

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  9. Always love recommendations to add to my list! Also, 16 books! Impressive! What other books have you read this year? This sounds like a good one.

    xoxo Jess
    Foreign Room

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    1. Oh gosh! I don't know where to start... here is what I did last month to give you an idea: http://www.wifemommyme.com/2014/07/goals-recap-month-6.html

      Are you on Goodreads? If so, I can "friend" you there and you can see my bookshelf.

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  10. I can't even imagine knowing someone for 30yrs! Sounds like a great book -- adding it to my list!

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    1. I'm barely in my 30's so I agree. But those friendships make it to the 30 year mark will be the most fabulous ones!

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  11. Sounds like a good book!! Thank you for the recommendation :) You are half way done with your 2014 reading challenge! Yay :) *throws confetti*

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    1. Thanks for the celebration! I can't imagine reading 14 more but I'm going to try my damnest.

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  12. I pinned it so I can get it from the library soon.

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  13. Books that make you cry are really the best because they are so compelling--without any visuals. I will put this on my list!

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    1. If you read it, let me know what you think of it.

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  14. You know it's a good book when you're so invested that you cry. Most of my favorite books have done that, and they still do if I read them now. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. It made me think of my best friend back in Ohio and man, I got so chocked up! It was ridiculous, really!

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  15. Thanks for the book rec! I'll add it to my 'read when I need a good cry' pile haha

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    1. Ha! Those are the best piles if you ask me!

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  16. I enjoyed this one, but I tried to read Fly Away which continues this story and couldn't get into it.

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    1. So I'm reading that one now and it's not as compelling as Firefly Lane but I'm nearly finished so I'm going to keep at it. Maybe I'll be surprised with the ending.

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  17. I have this book! But have yet to find the time to read it. This makes me want to!

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    1. READDDDD it! It's so good. You'll be thanking me when you finish it.

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  18. I love a good tear jerker! Heading out now to pick it up! Looking forward to it!

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    1. Let me know what you think. I loved it!

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  19. They also have a sequel to it. Called Fly away!

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    1. I read it. I will say Firefly Lane was much better.

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