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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Firefly Lane: Want To Win My Copy?

Author: Kristin Hannah
Challenge: None
Rating: 3/5

In 1974, Kate is the uncoolest of the uncool 8th graders. Her new neighbor across the street, Tully, however, seems to have it all together. She has the new clothes and freedom that Kate longs for. One night, however, Kate happens to be a listening ear for Tully and a friendship is born. Tully is constantly driven by a need to prove herself, and early in life, she sets her mind on being the greatest reporter in America. Kate is supposed to be right by her side, but Kate's dreams lead her towards getting married and starting a family. So although they go to college together, work their first jobs together, and both get involved with the same man, Kate ends up with a life of domestic bliss, while Tully works 17 hour days and becomes a celebrity.

This book is about the friendship between the two main characters, and there is a supporting cast, but they fade out compared to the amount of words spent on Kate and Tully. Hannah does a good job of setting the scene for the story, I liked the references to all of the music, clothes, haircuts, and celebrities of each era.

It was fun to watch the characters as they grow and change. A large part of this book revolved around the fact both Tully and Kate were jealous of what the other one had in life, even as they remain friends. Tully, never married, is jealous of Kate' s family while Kate, exhausted by the daily grind, sometimes wishes she had the money and fame that Tully has. Still, they manage to stay friends even though Tully is pretty ruthless and betrays Kate for a news story more than once.

Even at the end of the book, though, I didn't feel like I had much insight into the characters. They had this love triangle thing going on for most of the book, but it was kind of just there. Never explored fully, never really resolved fully. And Tully never does seem to learn how to really be a good friend to Kate. She kind of does what she thinks would be good, without ever really taking Kate's feelings into consideration.

If you are into this type of book, make sure to bring some hankies for the ending.

Now, would you like to have my copy of Firefly Lane? Leave a comment below, and I'll enter you into a drawing. Just enter by Friday, 2/29. Post a link on your blog (and let me know that you did) for an extra entry. Ready? Set. Go!

18 comments:

aBookworm said...

Sounds like a great read! I've posted this at my book review/contest blog - A Book Blogger's Diary

Thanks!

Karin said...

Please enter me-- thanks!

ravenousreader said...

Absolutely, count me in for a chance at this book. I do like Kristin Hannah :)

Kim L said...

abookworm, karin, and ravenousreader, you are all entered! Thanks for participating.

danetteb said...

THis looks like an interesting book, count me in too please *g*

Hugs, Danette

bunny said...

Yes, I'd love to win a copy - sounds like a nice read! Thanks.

Alice Teh said...

I'm trying my luck, Kim (If you do deliver international...)! Thanks for doing this giveaway. :)

Tisa said...

Sounds like a good book! Count me in please! ~ :) Thanks!
jmagloro[at]ywave.com

anne said...

This novel sounds so appealing. I have enjoyed all of this author's novels greatly. What a wonderful giveaway.

ruth said...

Thanks for this lovely book as a giveaway. Kristin Hannah is a favorite of mine and I look forward to this new release.

diane said...

Please enter me for this new book which sounds fabulous. Thanks.

pearl said...

Thanks for the interesting book opportunity. Sounds wonderful.

Stephanie said...

Oh, I would like to win that copy! Thanks for hosting.

Bebemiqui said...

Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tara said...

I'd love to win this book!
taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Julie P. said...

I'd love to win this book -- it's on my TBR list! Thanks for giving us this opportunity!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway. Even though you gave this book a 3/5, I would love the opportunity to read it and rate it myself.
njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

jenna said...

I am an admirer of Kristin Hannah's writing skills. Love to read this new book and I would then give it to my mother to enjoy.