Despite the sheer amount of positive attention this book gets, I will admit I was super nervous about reading it. If you don’t know, this book is a series of interviews, with a huge cast of characters, following the lives of Daisy Jones and the band, The Six, as they become one of the biggest rock groups of the seventies.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hardcover | 368 pages | Purchased
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.
While this book is a work of fiction, it genuinely doesn’t feel that way. Daisy Jones could be a real person. The Six could be a real band. I just wanted to put on one of their records and immerse myself in this book. It was such a crazy feeling. The thing is, I don’t generally read non-fiction (which this book definitely feels like), so I was terrified I wouldn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to.
I really needn’t have worried 🤭
Though it did take me a while (and a failed audiobook attempt) to get into the writing, I ended up absolutely loving the unique style. I’ve only ever read a couple of books written in a non-traditional novel format, but I definitely think these types of books are something I want to explore more of. And I’ll sure as HELL be checking out more of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other work. Evelyn Hugo, here I come 😂 As a side note, I just want to mention that my failed audiobook attempt was simply because I don’t get on with audio format. For those of you who do enjoy audiobooks, I’m 100% sure you will love this one. It’s a full cast and is actually amazing. I just personally can’t focus on audio 😢
This book is filled with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and you feel caught up in the whirlwind of the era. I’ve always loved the sixties and seventies – especially the music – and this book gave such deep insight into that iconic time period, fiction or no. But it also gave us a glance at the lack of glamour behind the scenes. The addictions, the fame, the lifestyle in general… it could kill you.
Though this book is about a huge range of characters, Daisy Jones was the one who really did stand out to me. She was all about the music. She didn’t care about the fame one lick. She wanted to bring something interesting and cool and original to the industry. But she wouldn’t allow people to walk all over her. She was very much a “take me or leave me” kind of girl, and honestly? She was iconic, drug addict or not.
“I am not going to sit around sweating my ass off just so men can feel more comfortable. It’s not my responsibility to not turn them on. It’s their responsibility to not be an asshole.”
This book also shows the messy side of love, and it was such a new experience for me. I read fiction to escape reality, but for reality to make its way into fiction makes for a whole new reading experience. This book deals with cheating, trust, passion, marriage, and everything in between. It just reminded me that it’s okay not to have a perfect relationship.
Everything about this book is fantastic, but what is really phenomenal is how real it is. It genuinely feels like you could walk into an old record shop and find an album by Daisy Jones & The Six. Remembering it’s pure fiction was a little jarring at times, but overall this book is fucking amazing, and I highly, highly recommend it to every single one of you.