Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Pages: audio cd/15 disks
Challenges: New Author Challenge, Audio Book Challenge
My rating: 1.5/5
This is the story of Kate and Tully. They meet as young teenagers and are together through highschool and college, and even adult hood. This is the story of their friendship. Tully's Mother has abandoned her many times and she was mostly raised by her Grandma. Tully has some deep wounds because of this. She devotes her life to being in the news media and being rich and famous. She has decided Kate wants the same thing.
Kate at first feels like she would want that but in college she realizes it's not what she wants. However she can't tell Tully no, she never can. She gets swept up with Kate and it takes her awhile to tell her friend it's not what she wants.
Kate also falls for Johnny, a man who is smitten by Tully. This is something that hangs like a gray cloud over their relationship, even after they are married with kids.
While the two friends aren't always close, Tully is chasing her dream and being a celebrity and Kate is a stay at home Mom of three, they do remain friends. Until Tully does the unthinkable.
Now what you really want to know....my thoughts:
Ok, so my review might not be the greatest. Here's the thing..they story itself is good. It's a look at a friendship as it spans they many different life changes people naturally go through as they grow up and age. The problem is that I hated Tully and Mara. Tully never thinks about what would be best for Kate and is always doing things that hurt Kate. She never apologizes either. Kate lets Tully get away with things every time because it's just how Tully is. Kate rarely stands up for herself. Mara is Kate's oldest child and is horrible! She's mean and over-the-top. I'm not saying some teenagers aren't like that, but really, Mara was hateful and mean. I couldn't stand either one of these characters and they ruined the book for me.
I have to admit that the story probably wouldn't work if you didn't hate Tully, however I hated her too much to actually enjoy it. Add to the mix the un-likable character of Mara and the story is just ruined.
I do realize that Tully has some issues she needs to work through with her Mom, but still. Plenty of people have had crappy parents and been abandoned by one parent or both and they didn't turn out like Tully. Mara had two parents who loved her and were just looking out for her, she has no excuse. Tully didn't help Kate with Mara either, but instead normally made things worse.
I've read a lot of reviews and talked to some friends who read this one and enjoyed it, I feel like I'm in the minority by giving this one such a low rating. I actually finished this one several days ago but waited to write the review so I could muddle through my thoughts. If I waited and distanced myself from the book, would I still feel so much hatred for Tully and Mara or would it lesson? It didn't lesson. Every time I think of this book I just bristle.
Audio book review:
I did listen to the audio version of this book and I did think it was well done. The narrator is Susan Ericksen and she does a wonderful job.