Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.
I went to the library a few weeks ago and was completely lost as to what I wanted to read. I stumbled across the staff picks shelves and saw that ‘Firefly Lane’ was one of their choices. I thought the title was cute and the story seemed intriguing, so I picked it up and took it home. I’m going to warn you, I am no book reviewer. If you want a real review, I recommend this blog: Rachel Turns Pages. She offers a concise synopsis of the book and portrays clear themes. For me, I just want to give you the gist so you can decide if you want to read it or not. I won’t give you any spoilers, but Rachel Turns Pages’ article definitely does!
The start of the book is a little bit slow. You’ve got Tully, who is a wild child with a troubled past, and Kate who is a studious introvert without many friends. Tully’s mom is not exactly in the picture, so she relies heavily on her grandparents for love and care. Tully is constantly grappling with feeling like she is not enough, this is a theme throughout the entire book. Kate has a well rounded family who is super close, sometimes to Kate’s dismay. When Tully moves into the house across the street, she has an experience that causes her and Kate to become fast friends. Kate and Tully become inseparable and they grow up together. The book highlights their fun, drama and excitement. It touches on so many emotions and experiences that many young women encounter on a regular basis. It is heartfelt and draws out every possible emotion. There are times when you will be mad at the characters, while other times your heart will swell with love for them. And let me just warn you, be prepared to cry at least three times.
Because the two girls grow up together and are lifelong best friends, the reader gets the unique experience of going through each stage of life with the characters: from snagging a rebellious puff of a cigarette as middle schoolers, to partying in high school, to love during and after college and everything in between. If you are looking for a book that offers a thoughtful and fun read, then this is certainly one you’re going to want to read. Get through the first few chapters and I promise you, you aren’t going to want to put it down. If you’re a girl, then chances are you, or someone you know, has experienced at least a handful of the things that Hannah touches on over the course of the book. You’re going to become best friends with Kate and Tully, and feel sad when the book is over, because you’re going to want to know what happens next in their life. Just give it a whirl 🙂