Review: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Fly AwayMemorial Day is right around the corner, and with it the time for summer beach reads. This spring I made a little escape from the East coast frozen zone for a little warm weather getaway, which was a chance to read what could be my first beach read (even if I wasn’t going to the beach). Out of the many books I loaded on my Kindle, I read Kristin Hannah’s Fly Away which I will tell you about soon, but I can say, it’s probably not what I would recommend for a fun in the sun beach read. Really, I felt like I could cry at any moment throughout the entire book from the first chapter.

Fly Away is the sequel to Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane, the story of two best friends Kate and Tully. If you haven’t read it, this is one you need to read before you read the next chapter in the Kate and Tully story. You really need to be invested in the lives of these two friends.

– Not real spoilers ahead for Fly Away, but there are for Firefly Lane, so if you want to read from a totally blank slate you might not want to keep reading –

Firefly Lane ends with Kate losing her battle against cancer. Fly Away is the story of what is next for Kate’s family and Tully and a reminder that Kate held everyone together, and they all spiral out of control without Kate’s influence. Tully loses her career as a famous TV journalist (think Oprah) and becomes a sad sidenote in celebrity gossip magazines. Kate’s husband Johnny, a TV producer is failing as a dad, he just can’t seem to do the right thing. Kate and Johnny’s daughter Marah has gone from being a troublesome teenager to falling into something deeper. Only Kate’s twin boys seem to be doing OK. They all need to come together and move on, to all reach the potential that Kate saw in them.

The book was a real emotional roller coaster, not a fun amusement park ride. It wasn’t light, but I did appreciate being back together with these characters, and it does make you think about and appreciate those really special relationships that come in to your life.