Book Review | Firefly Lane | By Kristin Hannah




Book Review | Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Firefly Lane
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. (Goodreads)





My thoughts






Narrative and Plot





Firefly Lane is my first ever Kristin Hannah experience. Even after knowing how hard hitting her stories can be, I was still surprised by how deep it went. Honestly, I am not a fan of getting emotional with my reading. As if there isn’t enough drama in real life anyway. Here’s what I loved about the book. The narrative shifted between Tully and Kate, the two main characters. It is their friendship over the decades and there wasn’t even a moment of confusion as to whose voice was which. That’s how distinct they were in their personas and tone.


The plot is engaging and definitely takes you down the memory lane with the two friends. Even without knowing all the pop culture references , I was still immersed in the world of Kate and Tully. However, after a certain point, it felt a bit endless. It was clear the story was building up to this big falling apart but it just went on and on. In the end, it teases your emotions in unexpected ways and reins you in. But it does feel like decades.






Characters and Conflicts






The friendship between Tully and Kate felt real. And Johnny Ryan would be one of my favorite male leads in a female centric story for some time now. However, as real friendships go it wasn’t black and white. To some extent this was what I loved about the book. It ventured out to that grey area where no one is exactly right or wrong. There is a complicated delicacy in the relationships as they grow and that made the characters relatable.


However, as I mentioned earlier, the conflict felt dragged out. And in an effort to showcase a lifetime , Tully actually became tiring by the end of it. She possibly crossed every single line that should not be crossed and yet there was barely any redemption for her. Yes, things don’t work out that way in real life. But it doesn’t matter because you feel like a character got away too easily.













Firefly Lane is not everyone’s cup of tea. It has many trigger warnings. So make sure you do your research before picking it up. However, it is a story that stays with you hours after you finish reading. Particularly, because of the emotional rollercoaster ride that you are on with Kate and Tully.






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