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Rounding up from 4.5 for this tale of a decades-long friendship between two women. I loved that it started in the 70's and the use of music to frame each decade. Is it the hippocampus that stores those music cues? I forget. Whatever part of the brain, it is, those song can take you right back to a place and time. Kate and Tully become friends at the age of fourteen. It is 1974. They live across from each other on Firefly Lane. Of the two women, I most identified with Kate. Have not read all of Hannah's books yet, but this is one of my favorites along with 'The Nightingale.' Looking forward to reading the second book in the Firefly Lane series and catching the series on Netflix.
Kristen Hannah is one of my favorite authors. This was a good read. The Netflix series doesn't do the book justice, though.
This is one of the best books I have read. If you grew up in the 70s in the Pacific NW you will find the details are incredible. For women the details of a life from when you where born to 2003 this book will take you on a journey of two women who manage to be in each other's lives for over 30 years ( which is somewhat unheard of these days ) and how wonderful that can be if you struggle through it..
Thanks to Book Club Cookbook and St. Martin's Griffin for a gifted copy. All comments and opinions are my own.
This was my first Kristin Hannah novel. It took me a little over 170 pages before I actually wanted to keep reading instead of feeling it was a duty to find out what everyone was raving about. This is the story of two friends who meet in 1974 when in middle school, and remain "best friends forever" for the next 30 years. I had read nearly half the novel before I began to care about these characters. Now that I've finished it, I'm still not sure how much I actually liked the book and if I would recommend it.
Themes of friendship and families, loyalty and trust are portrayed against the music, clothes, hairstyles, and culture of the 1970s and 1980s. The two girls are very different in personality and background, yet come to depend on each other for support like only best friends can. An additional theme that was repeatedly pondered by the characters was career vs. stay-at-home motherhood. I liked that the author didn't preach about this, and left the debate open-ended.
By the end of the novel I was sobbing - both because of the plot as well as because Tully and Kate's relationship reminded me of my own long-term friendship that started in high school, continued for decades and is now sadly lukewarm.
To sum it up, this is a novel of mothers and daughters, laughter and tears, love and loyalty, and the kind of friendship that only women can provide for each other.
This is not one of Hannah's better books. It is at its heart, an overly sentimental soap opera.
So good! Story of girls friendship that spans 30 Yrs, from age 14. A real page-turner!
I like to read the book before the movie. Hannah incorporated personal experience into her story of two friends growing up with parents of different styles, their challenges, loves, and search for personal identity. I was drawn to the main Washington state setting. This is one of her better novels.
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!)
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 :-)
1974. 8th grade. Forgettable? Or best forgotten?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This book felt like watching a movie or a series as it goes over the course of four decades. Very well written.
This book was long but good. Great storyline and characters. Will definitely read another book by this author.
More in depth than other books by this author. I liked it, and enjoyed spending two thick novels with these characters (this one, and its sequel, Fly Away).