Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid – 2019 – Contemporary
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 first heard about this book on Drinking By My Shelf’s youtube channel, and I didn’t really fancy picking it up. I was never drawn to reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo that so many people raved about last year, so I didn’t pay much attention to this book until I saw it in my library recently. I thought it would be a good choice for the OWLs readathon, so I gave it a chance and I’m glad I did!
This book is told in an interview style, as though it is a documentary-style. I enjoyed this different approach to a novel that I haven’t read before, and it let you see a lot of different characters. I particularly enjoyed when one character would tell their version of events then another character would have a different take in the next line.
There were a lot of strong female characters in this book, my favourites being Karen and Simone. The four main women in the book all have different ways of showing strong femininity, and I think women who read this book will definitely identify with at least one of them.
I really loved the time period of the 70s being explored in the book – the time period was so important in music and you felt lost in the decade while reading. The book reminded me a lot of the film Velvet Goldmine with lots of anecdotes about rock and roll, yet a lot of the themes like love and relationships felt like they are just as relevant today.
I think if you are not interested in character-driven books, I’d give this book a miss. This is not a criticism but not much seemed to happen in the book in terms of plot, but the characters are so well developed that their anecdotes keep you interested.
I loved the cover of this book. The colours really remind me of what I think of when I think of the 70’s, and the endpapers are truly gorgeous – they’re multicoloured ticket stubs for Daisy Jones and The Six’s gigs, and I wish they did prints of it so I could put it on my wall!
I gave Daisy Jones & The Six 5/5. I’d definitely recommend this book, particularly if you enjoy music from the late 70s. I loved the film We Will Rock You, and this book felt similar in many ways.