firefly lane by Kirstin Hannah

By: jackiereedy

Jul 21 2009

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I am sure it will come as no surprise that I am the type of girl/dork who writes in the margins, underlines and highlights her books even when they are in no way school-related. Yeah, yeah… dork should be underlined… whatever.

Well, I just finished the New York Times Bestseller firefly lane by Kristin Hannah. It was a good read — total chick-flick material revolving around friendship, love,  family and growing up, but hey, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it.

Now as much as I would love to give a boring book review, analyzing best friends Tully and Kate and discussing what a character-driven story this is, I am going to refrain.

Instead I’ll highlight (no pun intended, well maybe a little) the  brilliance of my margin-writing ways.

Here are some things I underlined while I was reading:

“told each other everything, stitching their lives together until by summer’s end no one knew where one girl ended and the other began”

“They became to everyone who knew them simply TullyandKate”

“They weren’t lies, really, just exaggerations”

“pale skin and full lips and long lashes”

“Drama, she’d learned, was like good punctuation: it underscored your point”

“Life isn’t about cooking and cleaning and havin’ babies. It’s about bein’ free. Doin’ your own thing. You can be f***ing president of the United States if you want”

‘Things changed fast… a friend could become a stranger just as quickly”

“spilled her thoughts and dreams and worries and frustrations onto a sheet of notebook paper”

“Real life comes fast enough”

“What mattered was not caring. And the best way not to care was to surround yourself with noise and people”

“chugging beer from plastic cups and swaying to the music”

“her balance was off”

“blue-skied, cloudless, picture-perfect day”

“This is our night. Screw the boys.”
“I don’t want to screw them, but a date would be nice”

“He knew why she was here: a best friend coming to save a girl from making a mistake by dating the wrong man”

“her new VW bug waited”

“Sometimes being a good friend means saying nothing”

Falling. There was no other word to describe it”

“A reporter needs to exhibit a perfect mix of objectivity and compassion”

“That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours”

“Let me guess: You grew up in a happy family. Two kids and a dog. No divorce”

“What would I do without you Tully?”
“We’ll never have to find out”

“the whole world had seemed open to them and dreams were as easy to pick as daisies”

Cute, right?
Now you’re glad I take those margin notes?

It’s a heartfelt, well-written story. I definitely recommend it.

And ya know, you still have a few weeks left for summer reading…

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