3.25.2011

Firefly Lane

Today, I thought I'd share one of my guilty pleasures with you.  When I need a little "me time", I slip on over to Barnes and Noble.  What makes this pleasure guilty is that it involves avoiding the endless readings I have for my classes and picking up a light, girlie book to read.  I find a comfy arm chair and read....usually for hours!  I rarely, however, will buy the book I pick up.  Sometimes I read a little of it, have a few laughs and move on.  And a few other times, I've even returned to the Barnes and Noble repeatedly until I finish it.  

Back in the fall, however, this pattern changed a bit.  I BOUGHT a book at Barnes and Noble!  This wasn't just any book, however, it was one of the most incredible books I have ever read (and I've read A LOT of books).

The book was Firefly Lane.


Firefly Lane tells the story of Tully and Kate.  Two girls that meet in 1974 at the ripe age of 14.  They are opposites:  Tully is the hot popular girl with an inattentive mother and love for makeup; Kate is the nerdy girl with a doting mother and love for Lord of the Rings.  The two meet, however, and form an inseparable bond.  Kristin Hannah tells the story of this pair's friendship spanning over three decades.  She has a unique ability to articulate human emotion in its rawest form.  You see the characters in their brightest moments and their darkest; you see them grow apart and come back together; and mostly, you see the power of female friendships.  

Kristin Hannah

What I love about this book is that it's not just your ordinary fun, girlie book.  When I initially picked it up, I thought I would read it for a bit, have a few good laughs and move on.  Little did I know what I had in store-- this book is so much more than your average escape book.  It explores themes of friendship, motherhood, and romance.

It will make you reflect on yourself-- your friendships, relationships, and ideas.  

It will make you cry....and cry....and cry.  (This book evoked the "body-shaking sob" in me...I was crying so much at the end I had to sit up and could barely control myself-- AND I don't typically cry in books!).  

I left this book changed.  If you're in need of an inspiring, heartfelt, and thought-provoking read, Firefly Lane is THE book for you.  

Has anyone else read it?  If so, what did you think?

Are there any books you've read that have had this much of an impact on you?

As a side note, thanks to Seersuckered Sailor for the "Stylish Blog Award."  I feel so grateful for the open arms with which the blogging world has welcomed me!  I was awarded this by two other fabulous bloggers this week, so to read my 7 random facts and see who I awarded, click here.

28 comments:

  1. I read it earlier this year, and thought it was great! Check out her other books, Winter Garden was a heartbreaker!

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  2. That book sounds great, I might just have to check it out! Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is probably my favorite book, but it is very sad.

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  3. I just discovered your blog and love it! I am living in Richmond this summer and can't wait, would love to hear any recommendations you may have!

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  4. I listened to this audio book last summer on drives between my college town and home. I really enjoyed it, but I wish I had known it was going to be sad. I never saw it coming haha

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  5. Please allow me to suggest a novel written by Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte, madam.

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  6. Dying to read that book now!
    xoxo
    SC

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  7. I need to read this! The last book I read was amazing...Redeeming Love. So good!

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  8. I have that book and started it, but haven't finished it yet! Heard wonderful things about it. I'll have to try it. I've also heard good things about The Help-not sure if you've read it!

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  9. reading your info! I just came across your blog! I LOVE UVA! and I also wanted to get my Masters there, but settled for a school in Baltimore instead. Charlottesville is one of my most favorite places :)

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  10. I might have to add this book to my reading list, thanks! I love reading, and I really need to start making more time to read. I could start by spending so much time online...but blogging has also become my new obsession!

    -Alyssa

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  11. definitely going to have to read this :)

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  12. Oh goodness! I read this book two years ago and was hooked from the moment I picked it up. I cried at the end, I couldn't believe I was crying from the book. Thank you for checking out my blog! I really like yours. I just finished Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and like you, I also enjoy wandering through Barnes and Noble and reading. Do you go to UVA? I visited there a couple years ago and fell in love with the campus.

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  13. I might have to pick up this book for some spring reading. I'm always looking for new things to read. Thanks for introducing us to it.

    Have a great Sunday
    -Julie. littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

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  14. I drove across country two years ago and this is one of the books on tape that I listened to. I loved it too. And cried a little bit along the way.

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  15. I need to add this to my summer reading list! i heard great things about it :) thanks for your review girl! xo

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  16. I've been looking for a new book to read! I'm not usually much of a reader because I'm required to do so much reading for class, but I'll be looking for this in the store!

    http://mambogook.blogspot.com/

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  17. Sounds like I'll have to add these to my reading list over break! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I grew up in South Carolina and am a southern belle at heart :) Tampa is in the south, but it is most certainly not "southern", although the beach makes up for it! Consider me your newest follower!

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  18. I love firefly Lane!!!

    XOXO
    Stephanie&Such

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  19. This book sounds wonderful! I'm definitely adding this to my summer reading list! I hope you have a fabulous week, Allie! Keep up the wonderful posts! xoxo

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  20. Ok, so now I totally want to read this book! thanks for this fabulous write up!!!

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  21. I've heard good things about Firefly Lane. It's been sitting on my GoodReads "to read" list for a while. Sounds like it's time to order it from the library!

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  22. I saw this book the other day and thought it looked interesting...that's ironic that you blogged a/b it too..maybe it's a sign that I should go back and get it after reading this and everyone's comments. Thanks. :)

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  23. I have this book in my nightstand. Notice I said IN and not ON...with a newborn, I'm not reading any time soon!

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  24. I read this book last year and I really liked it. I just bought another book of hers called Winter Garden- let's see if it's just as great.

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  25. I just got done with the book "One Day" by David Nicholls and I have never cried at a book, at least I don't think, but I cried for like an hour at this one.. and even after I was done I couldn't stop crying, haha. It made me think about a lot of stuff and I started to put some things together from the book. You should read it.. it's good..

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  26. Every time I have seen this book at Barnes & Noble I think about getting it, but for some reason I have always hesitated! So good to know that it is wonderful! I will definitely check it out now!

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  27. I loveee reading! It's funny because I hated reading growing up- probably because we were always made to read those boring books in school. As soon as I graduated college I became obsessed! I seriously wish I had more time in the day to read. Now that I started blogging I rarely can find the time because I can't decide which I'd rather do when I get home from work. I definitely want to check this book out- I feel like I've heard good things about it before!

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