Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction (but not in the way you think), Romance, Adult

Pages: 368

Released on: March 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

Holy crap. How did Taylor Jenkins Reid do this? And by this I mean make me care about a band that doesn’t exist? I swear – I was about five or ten pages in and I was like, “this is a real band, right?” I fully believed it. And that just goes to show the talent that Taylor Jenkins Reid has.

Her characters leapt off the page; they are vibrant and heartbroken and messy characters that I came to love with my whole heart and I will protect them with every fiber in my being. Maybe that’s excessive, but this book was just that good.

It’s important to note here that I did listen to the audiobook and I do feel that made this a more enjoyable read than if I read it physically. And when I say it made the book more enjoyable, I’m talking more about the beginning. I can see where it would be difficult to get into the story or to feel anything sort of way for the characters if you read this physically. But because I could hear their voices (the audiobook had a full cast of characters) it just made me feel closer to the characters and added more intimacy that I feel made this more enjoyable. ** I do have a link up in the “Buy the Book” section where you can get two months on Scribd, which is an audiobook service and you can listen to Daisy Jones & The Six there for free. You’re welcome. ** 

There’s a reoccurring motif that runs throughout this book of truth and who’s truth is the “real” truth – and a lot of that truth is up for us, the reader, to decide. That added a complex element to this story that I absolutely loved.

The atmosphere that Taylor Jenkins Reid creates in this book was also my favorite part of this book. The band felt read. The music felt read. Their struggles in that era (70’s rock scene) felt real.

I grew up on 70s-80s rock music (shout outs to my dad) and so I felt already so close to this scene and music and style. This just solidified and validated my love for music and the scene so much.

Overall, if you’re a fan of music and band history, of complex characters and heartbreaking endings – this is for you. I honestly can’t think of any thing else except this book and I want to reread it immediately. I am thinking of rereading it physically to see if the book lands differently for me than the audiobook did. Follow me on goodreads to see if my opinion of the book changes drastically because of it!

MY RATING: 5/5

P.S. I can’t believe this band doesn’t actually exist. All I want to do is lay down and listen to Honeycomb is that too much to ask?! *cries*

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