Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

 

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”

Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Format: Physical copy


Synopsis

reid_9781524798628_jkt_all_r1.inddEveryone 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.


The Verdict

HOLY. GOD.
THIS WAS EVERYTHING.

This was my first ever TJR novel, so I didn’t know what to expect besides she has an INSANELY hyped up book that everyone gushes over. I’m not gonna lie I was super intimidated about picking up that book for fear of not liking it but after finishing Daisy Jones & The Six I can’t wait to give The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a try. I’m not sure if this type of story will appeal to everyone, but as someone who was raised on bands like Fleetwood Mac, Queen, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, etc., reading this book was like taking a trip down memory lane sitting in the backseat of my parents car rocking out to all of their favorite songs which along the way also became mine.

From the second I picked up this story I was completely absorbed. Told through an interview Daisy Jones & The Six recounts how a band that was seemingly at the peak of their career suddenly broke up with no explanation and was never seen again. As the story progressed and the pieces fell into place about the bands demise I found myself in love with so many of the characters. They were all so well-written and extremely easy to relate too (especially Karen). It’s been so long since I’ve read such a refreshing character driven story. Not only where the characters well written but the 70’s vibes this book gives off is AMAZING. This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to being sucked into the era I wish I grew up in. And to just add even more perfection to this story the fact that you can find all of the song lyrics in the back of the book is the cherry on top.

I’ve also got to add that I wasn’t really expecting any major plot twists in this book, I could see the break up of the band coming from a mile away as the band’s fame erupted. So with that being said, I wasn’t expecting to be rocked to my core with a plot twist but LOL SURPRISE, here we are. Don’t worry, no spoilers. But I will say that it was absolutely one of those moments where I had to put the book down and just sit and stare at a wall for the next twenty minutes to process the magnitude of what I was reading.

Favorite Quotes

“You have to have one person in your life that you know would never do anything to steer you wrong. They may disagree with you. They could even break your heart, from time to time. But you have to have one person, at least, who you know will always tell you the truth.”

“Passion is…it’s fire. And fire is great, man. But we’re made of water. Water is how we keep living. Water is what we need to survive.”

“I wish someone had told me that love isn’t torture. Because I thought love was this thing that was supposed to tear you in two and leave you heartbroken and make your heart race in the worst way. I thought love was bombs and tears and blood. I did not know that it was supposed to make you lighter, not heavier. I didn’t know it was supposed to take only the kind of work that makes you softer. I thought love was war. I didn’t know it was supposed to… I didn’t know it was supposed to be peace.”

“We write songs about women. Women will crush you, you know. I suppose everybody hurts everybody, but women always seem to get back up. You ever notice that? Women are always still standing.”

All in all, this one is definitely going down as one of my top reads of 2019. From the writing, to the characters, to the feminism, to the 70’s vibes I absolutely adored everything about this novel. Normally, I don’t reread books, however, I know I need to start this one all over again and listen to the audiobook ASAP!

tw: substance abuse, alcoholism, abortion

Until next time,

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