Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid


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Daisy Jones & the Six Summary

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid“Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.”

— bookshop.org

My Review of Daisy Jones & the Six

 

Oh my gosh, y’all. Daisy Jones & the Six is one of those I knew I had to read because absolutely everyone loved it, but was a little afraid to because I’ve been the victim of book-overhype far too many times recently. This one, though, definitely did not disappoint.

It started a little slow, for sure, but picked up quickly as soon as I straightened out all the characters and their relationships to one another (six members for a band is a lot, after all). Once you get the hang of the biography-like style, the jumping back and forth becomes easy to track as you follow one storyline from multiple points of view.

All of the characters had something to relate to, and this story, as so many people have said, really did feel like a real biography. I wanted these characters to be real people looking back on their wild youths. There is also a great deal of advice in here that I need to go back and write down — the only downfall to listening to a book as opposed to reading a physical copy.

Strangely enough, I listened to Daisy Jones & the Six on audio, as I have been doing more recently (thank god for multitasking) and it was the second book I’ve heard read with a full cast. I just complained in my last post on Sadie by Courtney Summers that I thought it didn’t work for the story, but for Daisy, this absolutely was the way to go. Granted, both books were written in unusual styles, but this one just fit. It felt as though it could have originally been done as a radio special or podcast. I would 1000% recommend listening to the audio, if that is the kind of reading you like to do.

I had no idea until recently that Taylor Jenkins Reid was the author who also wrote The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, another book I’ve been interested in and will definitely have to read now. Actually, going to go grab that audiobook now, I think!

Love,

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