Friday, January 29, 2010

Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At the awkward age of 14, Tullulah Hart moves in across the street from Katie Mularkey. Tully is gorgeous and confident and is immediately popular. Katie watches in awe from afar, wishing she were cooler and yet not willing to engage in some of the behaviors common to the early 1970s in order to get friends. Tully's mom is a drug addict and this is one of the rare times that she is a part of Tully's life. Katie's parents are strict, but their love is real and unfailing. Despite their differences, Tully and Katie find each other and never let go.

As the decades pass, Tully and Katie's friendship has its ups and downs as they take very different paths in life. Katie dreams of being a wife and mother and Tully wants to be a television reporter. But through it all, their friendship is an essential part of who they are.

This is a sweet book that reminded me a lot of the movie Beaches. Despite its length, it was a fast-paced read with a quick-moving plot. I did, however, find that the characters were somewhat one-dimensional and underdeveloped, which made the plot a little choppy at times. Firefly Lane is an entertaining book that I liked, but didn't love. If you do decide to read it, make sure you have some Kleenex on hand for the ending.

Also reviewed by:
Book 11 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 7 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
Book 1 of 6 for the What's in a Name? Challenge (Place Name)

Source: Free copy provided by House Party

7 comments:

Linda said...

I agree. It reminded me of Beaches too.

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This looks like a fun light read. :-)

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

I bought this for my mother, thinking when she got done with it, she would "loan" it back to me. While reading in the bathtub, she dropped the whole thing in! Not sure if she ever finished it. So much for my plan.

bermudaonion said...

I loved Beaches, so I would probably like this one. Too bad the characters aren't developed better.

Beth F said...

I was going to say exactly what Kathy (Bermuda) already said!

Stephanie said...

I just finished this book a couple days ago and am currenlty working on my review. I really liked the story of Tully and Kate, probably a bit more than you did. :)

Anna said...

I have a copy of this book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Beaches made me bawl my eyes out, so I'm a little hesitant to read this book. ;)

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric