Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is an excellent book for girlfriends everywhere. 1974, Kate Mularkey is at the bottom of the 8th grade food chain. Then Tully enters her world and nothing is ever the same. Gorgeous, cool - Tully is destined for greatness. (Network TV and more) Crappy upbringing, no roots, but a girl with an inner strength and drive - she's the best friend who pulls Kate along the way.
This novel spans three decades and is powerful - two women, an amazing love, crazy turbulent friendship, and quite a life. Jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment - betrayal tears them apart - a test of courage and friendship. (cover blurb)
I actually watched the Netflix version - season 1 first. It was trashy good fun and veered dramatically from the book. Katherine Heigl as Tully is superb - she exudes the required confidence and beauty. Sarah Chalke is good as Kate - the gawky beauty sidekick who's the strong steady one, always in the background and yet the bedrock of this friendship. This was fun and entertaining TV.
I'm very glad that my solid, good girlfriend, Linda H, lent me the book. Wow - the book is an eyeopener and so good. I recommend both - read and watch too. Enjoy!