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‘Firefly Lane’ and ‘Fly Away’ by Kristin Hannah Book Review

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That’s what your best friend is: a mirror.

Firefly Lane and Fly Away tell the story of two best friends, Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey, better known as TullyandKate.  We all have those friends that you can’t imagine life without.  I’m fortunate enough to have quite a few and this is the book I recommend to all of them because it is unbelievable.

In the summer of 1974 we meet Kate Mularkey, a social outcast in the brutal world of eighth-grade politics.  All that changes when the coolest girl in school, Tully Hart, moves across the street and wants to be friends.  On the surface, Tully seems to have it all together.  Deep down she’s a sweet young girl, desperate to be loved by the mother that abandoned her years ago.  They make a pact to be best friends forever and by the end of the summer they are inseparable.

The novel follows their friendship over the next three decades.  Tully, longing to be loved unconditionally looks for men and fame to fill the void left behind by her mother.  She follows her ambition around the world and quickly becomes the next young Barbara Walters.  Unfortunately, the cameras do nothing to comfort her loneliness.

In contrast, Kate wants nothing but an ordinary life.  In her own quiet way, Kate is just as driven as Tully.  As Tully watches, Kate becomes a wife and mother.  It changes Kate and eventually she feels like she loses sight of who she once was.  In return, she admires Tully and all of her fame with a little bit of envy.

The story follows their friendship through the highs and lows, through ultimate acts of betrayal and heartbreak.  In the end, something happens that completely shakes and rattles their world.  Fly Away, the sequel, tells the story of what happens after everything falls apart.

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Author: elizbond

Creative Project Manager at the CFPB, Appalachian State alumni, Emerson College IMC graduate. Lover of movies, television, junk food, her dog Dexter, James Dean, and all things southern. North Carolina native, DC resident.

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