Have you ever enjoyed a book and its characters so much that you started googling them to check if they were real? That’s what happened to me when I got introduced to Daisy Jones and The Six. I had read The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo also by Taylor Jenkins Reid before I received an advanced copy of this.
“Daisy Jones And The Six” Blurb
Mar 05, 2019
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.
Is It Worth The Read?
The first thing that captured me from this book was the form. I haven’t read a lot of books from Taylor Jenkins Reid but I’ve heard she is very good in creating unusual narrative forms, Daisy Jones And The Six is a beautiful art form.
The novel takes on a multinarrative interview style of storytelling which allows Daisy, Billy, the members of The Six and others in their workspaces, such as managers, producers, rock critics, and loved ones, to recall their memories. They’re being interviewed around 2012 or so, and everyone is now of a certain age, so some of those memories contradict, and many are funny or sorrowful and startlingly candid. Their confessions become even more surprising when we learn the identity of the interviewer.
Starting with Daisy Jones being on her own, as a mesmerizing and enigmatic teen on the strip. And The Six, a band with a troubled, addict for a lead singer, who already has some success. Everything comes together when Daisy duets with Billy and then joins the band. Together they are captivating and explosive. And this is their tale.
You Should Totally Read Daisy Jones And The Six
This book is about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. As it’s being told in interviews, it felt very behind-the-scenes; you have characters discussing the writing process, complaining about using each other’s instruments, petty disagreements in recording studios, arguments over other interviews and placement in photographs. Very reminiscent of works by Jackie Collins.
The author built this entire world surrounding these fictitious singers, including all of the song lyrics in the back of the book…which I thought was great since they are referenced throughout. I didn’t struggle to remember who was who as I was reading, which is pretty amazing considering the scope of the novel. Couldn’t put it down and I read it ALL NIGHT, no jokes and honestly loved every minute of it.
Can’t recommend Daisy Jones & The Six highly enough, especially if you too are a rock fan. Yes, some folks might struggle with the interview format and the multitude of characters, but I never had an issue with it. By the end of the book, I felt like I should’ve been able to find old live performances of the band on YouTube, they felt so real to me.
I was completely sucked into their world. Get this book and put it on your TBR list. You’ll probably hear more about Daisy Jones And The Six because Reese Witherspoon bought it up to create a series for Amazon. And I can see it in my head already!
Have you read works by this author before? What do you think of her writing style?
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