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Firefly Lane MP3 CD – Audiobook, November 4, 2016
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I enjoyed "Firefly Lane" well enough as a light, rather vacuous beach-type read, and the three stars are a tribute to the fact that I didn't think of it as a waste of time. It does have its issues, though, and they appear throughout the book like an annoying Greek chorus. They're a bit like being stung by a jellyfish: You forget how painfully annoying it is until it happens again.
Foremost among "Firefly Lane's" jellyfish Greek chorus is an issue many other reviewers have already pointed out. Prepare to be hit over the head by every product, piece of apparel, type of hair accessory, toy, TV show, song, game and more from each of the decades we spend with Tully and Kate. How many times can we hear about "low-slung bell-bottomed jeans" in the 70s? "Banana clips" in the 80s? And this is coming from someone who usually loves descriptions of clothes in period pieces. (Can you imagine if, each and every time one of Scarlett's dresses was described in "Gone with the Wind," Margaret Mitchell had repeated that under her dress, Scarlett wore a hoopskirt, several petticoats and pantalettes, just in case you somehow didn't catch that we're in the 1860s? That's what you get here.) Not only is this tedious and annoying, but sometimes it's even a detriment to one's reading comprehension. (At one point Tully asks Kate why she's "being so Joanie about this." Having spent only babyhood in the 1970s, I haven't the foggiest what that even means.)
Throughout, there's a general absence of adherence to the old writer's standby, "Show, don't tell." And frankly, it really annoys me when I see bestselling authors getting away with that. Kristin Hannah gets away with it in the worst kind of way.
And are the good guys always drop-dead gorgeous? Do we need to be told twice of Johnny's "black Irish" handsomeness? (Did we even need to be told once?) And are the drop-dead gorgeous good guys always emotionally unavailable loners who wear rock band T-shirts? And if they are, do we need to be told this about them each and every time we have a scene with them?
I found the TullyandKate friendship to be way over the top, and frankly don't think a "best friends forever" relationship could actually survive 30 years if it really were like the relationship described here. The codependency would have putrefied it eventually, and it would have died a natural death somewhere in young adulthood. Friendships can and do survive for one's whole lifespan -- I have several that have and do -- but not on such unhealthy terms.
I have only one word to describe Kristin Hannah's work: POWERFUL.
Over the years, I have heard how good of an author she is but until you picked and read one of her books, you really don't have ANY idea.
Firefly Lane is my first book by her (sad, isn't?) and I will never forget it. In my honest opinion, it's a powerful (there goes that word again) display of women's fiction.
Firefly Lane tells the story of two girls, both dealing with their own pain, who bring their guard down long enough to become best friends. This friendship continues through their ups and downs over the span of three decades.
Kate Mullarkey is the shy girl, with thick glasses and a retainer. She feels lonely and uncool. She wishes things were different. Her mother seems overbearing and things at school couldn't be worse. Her closest friends have moved forward to boys and parties, leaving Kate behind.
Tully Hart has had her heart broken by her mother Dorothy "Cloud" too many times to count. When she was just a small child, Cloud dropped her at her grandmother's house and didn't return for years. At fourteen, Tully has become a beautiful and popular girl and Cloud is back to take Tulla with her. This time, they made it all the way to Firefly Lane where Tully will have to start a new school and make new friends. But, Tully is starving for the real thing, she wants to feel loved. She wants to matter. She doesn't want to be left behind again.
Kate and Tully's world come together just when they needed each other the most. From the moment they promised to be friends, they are part of each other's lives. Through high school, dating, college, work, marriage and tragedy, they will be each other's support system. The reader follows them throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's with the (amazing
“To make real friends you have to put yourself out there. Sometimes people will let you down, but you can't let that stop you. If you get hurt, you just pick yourself up, dust off your feelings, and try again.”
I will say that the last part of this book made me a sobbing mess but I couldn't put this audio down. Through cleaning, shopping, and driving, Kate and Tully followed me. I was right there with them. I felt their pain and sorrow.
With Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah has made me a fan for life.
“Dying was a lonely business.”
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As they grow older they are part of the first generation of women who really believe they can have it all - family, love and a career. Although their lives follow different paths, it is clear that although neither of them does have it all; their friendship is one that lasts through thick and thin.
It is a very gently told saga with two very good main characters and with an ending that is very emotional. If you enjoyed Beaches then I think you would probably enjoy this story as well.
This book was easily able to span decades, telling the life story of two women in just a few hundred pages.
I've never read a book that depicted a more realistic relationship between best friends.
The ending was sad but not in a way that left me feeling miserable.
All in all a great read. I would recommend this to anyone to read and gift your best friend.
The thing that really frustrated me were the two main characters. I thought Tully got off to such a promising start, I felt so sorry for her as a teenager but as she got older she just become some sort of caricature. She didn't care about who she hurt, she didn't really seem to care about Kate, she completely misconstrued so many things. I understand that the author was trying to show how she was messed up by her upbringing but I don't think it quite worked. And she never really under went any change, I thought with the 'betrayal' that would be the time for her to realise what she's like, but she didn't and I find that really unsatisfying because I think characters should go through an emotional journey and find a resolution.
Katie was also very irritating at times!! My goodness I wanted to shake her and tell her to get a grip woman when she just watched Tully and Johnny get together. It was also pretty boring reading about her and her teenager and I don't think enough was explained about why she wouldn't let her teenager do stuff, particularly when she knows what she was like. I also thought she was pathetic the way she always forgave Tully. The two main characters really reminded me of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield from Sweet Valley High which I absolutely loved as a child but now you can just see how 2 dimensional the characters are.
Although nothing really happens and the betrayal is a bit ludicrous I have to admit I was hooked. I could not put the book down and ignored my boyfriend all night trying to finish it. I was also desperately trying to hide my crying at the end. So whilst a lot got on my nerves I know it can't have been that bad because I could not put it down, plus I keep thinking about it.
I think whether you will enjoy this book depends on what sort of thing you like. If you really dislike trash and want characters to undergo a significant change then I don't think you should try this book (by trash I mean the storyline, the authors writing isn't too trashy). But if you're willing to just be entertained, even if things are unrealistic then I would say it's a great read.
We meet with Tully and Kate, in 1974 when they are both young teenagers both going through different but difficult times in their lifes, where they both support and build a friendship that will last the course of time. We go through the high school years with both of them, then through the colleage years with them, They both have the same aim in life, however the aim is more Tullys then Kates. We go through different stages in their lifes, boyfriends, husbands, children, jobs and agruements. But its only when tragedy strikes do you realise the bond that they have.
This book really tugs at your heartstrings, the last 10pct of the book had me in floods of tears, and even after I finished the book still found myself thinking of this book, which to me is the sign of a good book. Would recommend this book, however do not read the last 10pct of the book in a public place - the best place in curled up, on the sofa, by yourself with a nice big glass of wine!
Thie tale told from the perspective of the teenagers is really clumsy and at times a little cringy. I'm a third of the way through but have to stop reading as it is so poor!
Fabulous book, great characters & beautiful story about friendship, love, growing up and life.
I recently lost my mother (but not to cancer and at a slightly older age to Kate) so couldn't help but shed a tear or two. I found the style similar to the Nicholas Sparks novels. The only criticism I would have is that the estrangement between Tully and Kate didn't really feel emphasised enough. It didn't really feel that either party was bothered until Kate got her 'news', the fall-out between the girls didn't really have a big place in the story. Other than that I loved the story, but I'd love to know what happened to Cloud/Dorothy!
It is a story about a friendship where one friend is the giver and the other the taker but there is so much repetition, it is a really long book with very little substance, I kept reading hoping that the "betrayal" would make the book worth reading. Yawn, yawn it never got any better and to those who said you need a box of tissues............I can cry at a TV advert but remained dry eyed throughout this.
Sorry but I found it extremely boring!
I lived through the year's with Katie and Tully. Fell in love with Johnny. And remembered my daughter's teen year. I laughed and I cried.