Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane

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Now a major Netflix series, starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke

Firefly Lane is an unforgettable coming of age story, by the New York Times number one bestseller Kristin Hannah.

It is 1974 and the summer of love is drawing to a close. Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the secondary school social food chain. Then, to her amazement, Tully Hart - the girl all the boys want to know - moves in across the street and wants to be her best friend. Tully and Kate became inseparable and by summer's end they vow that their friendship will last forever.

For thirty years Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship, jealousy, anger, hurt and resentment. Tully follows her ambition to find fame and success. Kate knows that all she wants is to fall in love and have a family. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and a mother will change her.

They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart. But when tragedy strikes, can the bonds of friendship survive? Or is it the one hurdle that even a lifelong friendship cannot overcome?


'A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival'
Kate Morton

'A masterclass . . . This is a story that will stay with me for a long, long time.'
Karen Swan

Publisher: London : 2013. Pan,
2008. ,
ISBN: 9781447229537
Branch Call Number: AF HANN


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Mar 02, 2021

If you watched Netflix and haven't read the book read the book. If you haven't watched Netflix do both! Both were raw, beautiful and emotional tales of friendships and families. Both start the same but take different turns which end up with significant outcomes but both are worth the time. I am hoping for a season 2 and am going to read the 2nd novel. I am also going to read more from Kristin Hannah (after I finish the 3rd in this series!)

Feb 25, 2021

Requested this book after watching the Netflix series that ended in a cliff hanger! Was looking to have it resolved but the book varied quite a bit from the series. Both are good but in this rare instance I think the series is better! Hope there is a season two :-)

debwalker Feb 12, 2021

1974. 8th grade. Forgettable? Or best forgotten?

Jan 04, 2021

Kristin Hannah is turning out to be one of my favorite authors. I'm writing this review after just finishing this novel and I can't even put into words how great it really is! I had no idea what this novel was really going to be about but I loved it from beginning to end. Of course, I feel a connection to the setting as I live near Snohomish (where the girls grow up) and the Pacific Northwest but I also felt such a connection to so many of these characters and want to be apart of this family and friendship. So much happens to TullyandKate during the 30 years and sometimes you want to laugh, cry, feel broken-hearted and sometimes you can relate to how they are feeling during the specific time in their life. I just couldn't put this book down....I was completely obsessed! Now seeing that it is going to be a Netflix series, I can only hope they do this book justice. Read it and add it to your next Book Club books because there will be so much to discuss.

Dec 30, 2020

Went slower than most of her books but a wonderful story of the unconditional love in rare and lasting friendship. Fly Away is the sequel and It’s really important to read these in sequence

Oct 11, 2020

Slow start but beautifully touching ending. I'm glad I stuck with it. Not my favorite Kristin Hannah book, but her writing is still so good. She has a way of transporting you into the lives of her characters.

Jan 26, 2020

Ellie recommend

Nov 26, 2019

I loved the story and didn't love it. This story is about two teenage girls who develop a friendship that lasts throughout their lives, including college, jobs, dating, and marriage. One girl is Kate Mularkey--from a loving but poor family;, the other is Tully Hart--from a dysfunctional family (her mother every four years or so drops her off at the mom's parents to let them raise her. Kate is very self-doubting and negative; Tully is beautiful and ambitious.

I didn't like the excessive foul language that drops from both Kate's and Tully's mouths. I also didn't like that a big part of Tully's life involves "one night stands" or dating handsome men only for fun and sex and image, but these do establish why Tully is the way she is.
I also didn't like the constant jealousy by Kate over Tully---for her career, rich living style, and looks.

BUT, the story becomes stronger by the end: very powerful.

Oct 01, 2019

Great read. Story of two best friends Tully and Kate. Follows their lives through good and bad times. Journalists. Tv personality
Kate stay at home mom. Cancer

Jun 23, 2019

Few books have ever moved me to tears the way this one did. Touching, funny and memorable, Kristin Hannah has done wonders with her realistic passage of time in a unique way. By showcasing popular songs of each era as well as historic events, I felt that I was right there along with the characters.

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SpringAltman Jul 08, 2014

Katie thinks Tully is the 'coolest girl'
when she meets her, and Tully could just use a friend. So begins a lifelong
friendship that endure ups and downs of life.


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SpringAltman Jul 08, 2014

“That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart.”
― Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane


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