Book: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I went in to this knowing there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but I didn’t want my expectations to be too high in case it wasn’t great. Plus, I loved the last book I read by Reid: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I didn’t think there was any way this story could beat that. I was so wrong. I absolutely loved Daisy Jones and the Six. The writing style and the way the interview is set up giving us the points of views from all the characters mixed together was fantastic. I enjoyed how the things they discussed all mingled together instead of being separate chapters for each.
The 70’s seemed so wild and I love how much the author had to have researched to make this book seem authentic. The band seemed so real, and I could actually imagine all of the things that happened really occurring in that era.
The characters were so interesting and deep. There’s Daisy and her drugs and her all-consuming want to belong and be loved. Billy wants his family, and to stay away from things he knows are harmful to him and his family while also enjoying music. Graham wants his brother’s approval and to start a family of his own one day while also making the top charts. Karen wants to be a rock n’ roll woman who is respected for her talent and not just for being beautiful. Camille was a really strong woman who always stuck by Billy, even through some really tough times. And she always worked to keep her family whole and happy. Eddie sucked and just complained about everything the whole time, while Pete and Warren were kind of just there as supporting band members who wanted to hit it big. The relationships between the characters changed and evolved over time. I love how we see the band develop and then ultimately fall apart. Some things got better, other things got worse, but it was definitely a wild ride from start to finish.
A lot of people would agree with the band saying that Billy always tried to be in control, but I feel he deserved the role of leader and most of the other band members seemed really whiny about that. He started the band, asked them to join him and his brother, was the singer and the song writer. I think he had a vision and everyone was a bit jealous of his role in the band, but he knew what he was talking about and they wouldn’t be the band they became without his insight and leadership.
The twists are all so unexpected. I spent the majority of the book being shocked and I was unable to put the book down because I just HAD to know what would happen next! Reid will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout the book, and with an amazing story to hold in your heart by the end.
If you’ve read this let me know how you liked it in the comments! If you haven’t read this yet, READ IT! Thank you 🖤