Daisy Jones & The Six
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: 5/5 Genre: Literary ~ Historical Steam: Explicit/Mature Publisher: Random House Publishing Pub Date: February 4, 2020 Available: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop
Daisy Jones & the Six Synopsis:
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 ‘n’ 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.
Trigger Warnings: Drugs, Alcohol, Addiction, Abortion, (probably more that I’m missing). This is an explicit, intense book.
Daisy Jones & The Six Review:
I listened to Daisy Jones & the Six as an audiobook and I was enthralled. Between the excellent writing that Reid executes to the voice actors absolutely nailing everything, it was a joy listening to. If I’m being honest I am incredibly sad that I can’t listen to their music. I want to hear Aurora. The characters felt so alive that I am in shock that they’re not. How perfectly nuanced they all are and how they’re written to feel like they’re the star of their own show is stunning. They made disastrous mistakes and sometimes didn’t learn from them. Daisy, Billy, Graham, Karen, Eddie, Warren, Rod, Camilla came alive off the page and made magic.
The plot was incredible. I had an inkling on how things were going to go as things were being set up, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me entertained. I loved it. While the beginning dragged a little, once you were in the story it zoomed. The last 2 hours of the novel I couldn’t put it down. I showered, cleaned, drove, sat staring off into the distance with it on. I’m not a big audiobook listener and I’ve never read a book by Reid before, but this has changed me. I plan on picking up a couple more of her novels to read soon. The whole book just seemed real, like Reid herself had been apart of a rock band in the 1970s. It covered many topics from abortion, sexism, musicality, addiction, love to so many more that were intricately woven into the story.
Long Story Short:
Do I recommend this book? Hell yes. I especially loved it as an audiobook! It was so much fun. The characters dealt with heavy issues there were moments of happiness and complete destruction. I actually cried at the end of it because I was so overwhelmed with the end. It was phenomenal. If you’re going on a long trip, have a love for rock n roll, or enjoy an incredibly well written novel I highly recommend picking this one up!!
All opinions are of my own are not reflective of anyone else. I buy/loan all of the books I review unless specified and I only give my 100% true opinion on them.
If you liked this novel, another one that I’d try out would be The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson. This novel follows Ruth as she tries to find the son she gave away when she was 17. She returns to her rundown hometown and deals with the harsh realities of poverty, racial differences, and what motherhood means. Read my full review here.