Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Weekly Book Pick

I'd like to do this every week or so. I try and read at least a book a week, if not more. Some weeks its more, and some weeks, I get about 4 pages read. :) We all know how that goes!
Anyways, this was recommended to me by a friend and its FABULOUS. 


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.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. 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 own 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, butall she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own 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. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

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.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.

My Review:
I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it. I was enthralled by the way that she describes the characters and how they were feeling, both towards each other and their environments. I kept trying to identify myself and decide whether I was a "Kate" or a "Tully" throughout the book, and it just kept changing! I did find parts to be a little "Lifetime Movie"-ish, but it was compelling and very hard to put down. 
On a personal note, the prom dress shopping scene was extremely emotional for me, having done the exact same thing with my mom while she was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Having gone through several of the characters' experiences, I can say that Hannah did an outstanding job capturing the emotions of her cast.


Juli said...

Thanks for the book suggestion...this sounds great! I just placed a hold on it at the library. :)

Marty, Rhenda and Anna said...

I read this book too and enjoyed it. I love to read from everyone's perspective. You're going to like Jodi Picoult's new book for that reason.

Juli said...

Thanks for recommending this book!! I just finished it and it was wonderful...it made me cry though.