September 6, 2011

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Have you ever had a friend that just gets you? When everyone else thinks that your fake smile is real, that friend knows there's something wrong and finds a way to either talk about it or make it better? Firefly Lane is about that kind of friendship between two women - Tully and Kate. Tully and Kate meet when they are in junior high; Kate is a nerd who just wants to be popular and Tully is popular. One fateful night they are drawn together and after that night they are never apart.

Firefly Lane follows these two women over the course of their lives as they go to college, follow their dreams, find and lose love, and share joys and losses. Like any friendship, it has its ups and downs but the root it remains the same - they love one another and are always there for each other when it matters most.

I really enjoyed this book. I completely related to Kate's character, the insecure woman who feels like she's always in the shadows of someone else when in reality she should be happy with the incredible life she has. I also really liked one of the underlying themes of the book, being happy  and content with what you have. Over and over again these two women looked at each other's lives with longing, wanting what the other woman had. I'm sure that happens more often than we can imagine and I think Kristin did a great job of exploring the idea of the grass is always greener on the other side. She definitely was able to to suck me into the story and had me feeling the joy and pain that went hand and hand in these women's lives.

I would recommend this book to any woman. My mom and little sister (18) read and enjoyed it as well, which shows it's a story that not only spans but also entertains all generations.

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