Monday, May 27, 2013

(45)Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Fly Away 

Pages: 384
Publication Date: April 23, 2013


It has been over four years since Kristin Hannah introduced the world to Kate and Tully in her bestseller, Firefly Lane.  The two best friends met when Tully moved onto Firefly Lane when they were fourteen and they were inseparable all the way up until cancer invaded their lives.  

In the four years since Kate lost her battle those she loved most have barely been able to function.  Johnny has been making horrible decisions for his family trying to outrun the pain.  Marah has started cutting and ran away from home. And Tully.  Tully's career is over, Johnny has shut her out of his family's life, and the addiction genetics she fought off for so many years have reared their ugly head. While in self-destruction mode, Tully inadvertently brings them all back together.   Even though Katie is gone, will their shared love of her be the glue that holds them all together?

I am one of the biggest Kristin Hannah fans out there.  I loved Firefly Lane just like many of you did.  But, having said that, Fly Away, just wasn't one of my favorite books.  After the death of a loved one it is not unusual for a family to struggle, to fight depression and struggle to find normalcy.  Fly Away is a novel about those struggles.  It is heartbreaking and dark and scary and Kristin Hannah did a great job at addressing all of those themes, but it was still really hard to read all of that darkness.  As a reader, I have such fond memories of Kate and Tully, and their friendship.  For Tully to just spiral out of control, well, it is heartbreaking. The other thing that seemed a bit off, was that the author goes at great length to discuss Tully, and Marah, and Johnny, and even a little bit of Kate's parents are mentioned, but there is very little mention of how the twins are coping.  I would have liked to read more about the twins. 

Bottom line, of all of Kristin Hannah's books, Firefly Lane is probably the one that had the most readers screaming for a sequel.  We got what we wanted and shouldn't be too disappointed with how things turn out.  Have you read it yet? I would love to hear what you thought. 

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