Adding another marvelous book from Kristin Hannah to my shelf.
“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. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end, they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.
Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted.
For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.”
I have seen so many people picking up Firefly Lane to read in anticipation of the Netflix release of the series based on Kate and Tully’s story. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since last year… BUT, I finally took the time to read it, and just like every other Kristin Hannah book, it lived up to my expectation.
This book is for anyone who has that one friend. The lifelong friend who holds are your most treasured secrets, ambitions and makes up the history of who you are. It’s for anyone who has that friend and through all of life’s twists and turns that you’re still friends. It’s for anyone who has that person in their life who they can go months without talking to and pick up exactly where they left off.
While I can’t say that I loved Tully, I did appreciate who she was at her core and that she wanted the best for Kate. It frustrated me to see that Tully didn’t understand that her wants and needs were different from Kates and there were some incredibly selfish things that Tully did that I’m not 100% sure I could forgive. But, I guess that is the power of a friendship that is that old. How do you cut ties with someone who is part of your soul?
I also loved all the bits of our country’s (and world’s) history that were sprinkled throughout Firefly Lane. From celebrity scandals to major world events, I felt like Kristin Hannah covered it all but in such a way that the book didn’t become about those events. Oh, and the music! I loved all of the references to the songs that I could hear playing as I read each page. In case you didn’t know, there is a Spotify playlist devoted to the Firely Lane Soundtrack – go check it out.
So, as I prepare to binge the new Netflix series, I hope that they kept the bones of the story and the beauty of a lifelong friendship because of the incredible story Kate and Tully had.