16 Books You'll Want to Devour After Reading Kristin Hannah's "Firefly Lane"
It's been a long time coming, but the second half of season two of Netflix's "Firefly Lane" is almost here. The series, which kicked off in 2019, is based on Kristin Hannah's novel of the same name (as all great television is), and it centers around inseparable best friends Tully and Kate.
A 30-plus year friendship in the making, Tully and Kate have seen and experienced the worst and the best of it; but like with any friendship, these women have their qualms. Theirs just happen to be more heightened and uglier than others.
If you can't wait another moment for the conclusion of season two, which premieres on April 27, try picking up one of these other fabulous reads that'll remind you why you fell in love with Hannah's "Firefly Lane" in the first place.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Eleanor & Park"
"Eleanor & Park" ($12)
Eleanor and Park are as inseparable as Tully and Kate. Set against the backdrop of rural Omaha, NE, in the late 1980s, Rainbow Rowell's "Eleanor & Park" follows two rebellious teenagers determined to make their love story survive despite the challenges and situations forced upon their relationship by their family and peers. This coming-of-age story is a must read — just have the tissues ready!
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Lady Sunshine"
"Lady Sunshine" ($14)
If you loved the spanning timeline in "Firefly Lane," consider reading Amy Mason Doan's novel "Lady Sunshine." The story follows cousins Jackie and Willa, who develop an incredibly close bond in the summer of 1979, even though their personalities couldn't be more opposite. But then tragedy strikes and 20 years later, Jackie is trying to piece together the truth behind Willa's strange disappearance.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"
This book is undoubtedly the pinnacle of storytelling when it comes to books centered around female friendships. Now a major motion picture, Anna Brashares's writing masterpiece introduces inclusivity and characters all readers can identify with.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Mrs. Everything"
"Mrs. Everything" ($14)
A similar premise to "Firefly Lane," Jennifer Weiner's "Mrs. Everything" focuses on two sisters growing up in 1950s Detroit. Throughout the book, Jo and Bethie are introduced to new people and ideas, which will continue to push them further and further away from each other and the bond they once held so sacred as little girls.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Conversations With Friends"
The number one responsibility of being someone's best friend is being able to call them out on their BS or destructive behavior. If you've ever found yourself in this position, then you'll want to read Sally Rooney's first novel. Will Frances accept Bobbi's friendly advice as a token of love or will she take it to heart and ruin their friendship in the process? Plus, just like "Firefly Lane," "Conversations With Friends" has its very own onscreen adaption, which stars Joe Alwyn and Jemima Kirke.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Swear on This Life"
"Swear on This Life" ($15)
In "Swear on This Life" by Renée Carlino, readers meet J. Colby and Emiline: best friends turned childhood sweethearts. He was her first everything and is the only person in the world who fully understands her. More than 10 years have passed since the night she was torn away from him, and now that their paths are about to cross, Emiline is worried it might be too late. Can they repair the damage for another shot at a happy life together?
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Island Girls"
"Island Girls" ($14)
The only thing Arden, Meg, and Jenny all have in common is having the same birth dad in "Island Girls" by Nancy Thayer. Trapped in their father's last dying wish, the three half-sisters are forced to spend the summer together in hopes of cementing their stake in his Nantucket villa.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Rich and Pretty"
"Rich and Pretty" ($14)
This novel by Rumaan Alma has a lot of the addicting qualities that made "Firefly Lane" such a captivating read. It tells the story of Sally and Lauren, who have have had a sisterly bond for the better part of 20 years and have experienced all of life's firsts together. However, soon it becomes clear that their relationship may not have the makings to survive adulthood.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Summer Sisters"
"Summer Sisters" ($8)
You can't find a book more similar to "Firefly Lane" than Judy Blume's "Summer Sisters." The novel showcases the ups and downs of a female friendship through Victoria, an ambitious go-getter, and Caitlin, a girl who can offer Victoria a world of luxury. Just like Tully and Kate, Vix and Caitlin are each other's biggest champions as well as their biggest critics.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Someone Else's Secret'
"Someone Else's Secret" ($18)
Julia Spiro's book touches on similar themes to those found in "Firefly Lane," like female friendships, ambition, and survival. In it, fresh out of college with hopes of an exciting summer, Lindsay begins nannying for a wealthy family on Martha's Vineyard. As the summer progresses, Lindsay develops an unexpected bond with the eldest child, Georgia. That is until a traumatic event unfolds, terrorizing their friendship. A decade later, Georgia is ready to break her silence and help her former nanny seek justice.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "The Vanishing Half"
"The Vanishing Half" ($14)
Another time-spanning read, this book stretches over the course of 40 years recounting the tales of two very different — yet identical — twin sisters. Brit Bennett's emotional novel will make you cry, challenge you to examine your past, contemplate your future, and make you want to call your closest gal.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Some Women"
"Some Women" ($15)
Jumping ships from a friendship rooted in childhood to reading about a friendship among three complete strangers is Emily Liebert's 2016 novel. This book is a reminder that you can make new friends where you least expect it, and it's those surprise friendships that make going through life just a little bit easier.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "The Girls in the Stilt House"
Longtime Kristin Hannah fans will love this historical read by Kelly Mustian, which follows two girls — one Black, one white — as they form an unlikely partnership in hopes of protecting the ones they love.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Friends and Strangers"
"Friends and Strangers" ($11)
If anyone knows how much difference one year can make, it's new mom Elisabeth and Sam, a rising college senior. Trying to get a handle on motherhood and her bustling career, Elisabeth hires Sam in a plea for help with her infant son. In J. Courtney Sullivan's novel, readers will learn that nothing tastes more sour than being betrayed by someone you welcomed into your own home.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Fly Away"
"Fly Away" ($12)
In a list of books about must-reads for those who have finished "Firefly Lane," it's impossible to leave out Kristin Hannah's sequel to "Firefly Lane." If you're dying to know what happens next for Tully and Kate, then this should be at the top of your TBR list.
Books Like "Firefly Lane": "Mad Honey"
"Mad Honey" ($18)
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan's collaborative novel resembles "Firefly Lane" in that it focuses on long-buried secrets that stretch far into the past. It follows a woman named Olivia who moves to her New Hampshire hometown with her son, who soon begins dating a new girl in school. When the girl winds up dead and her son is questioned by the police, Olivia must ask herself if she really knows her child.