Last year, I read and loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I knew I needed to read more of TJR’s books, and added a few to my TBR. Obviously, when I saw she had a new book coming out, I didn’t even hesitate to get my hands on it. And I am so glad I did!
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) 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’ll be honest: the only reason I picked up Daisy Jones & The Six is because it was written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The whole sex, drugs, and rock n roll thing is not something I normally enjoy. However, TJR absolutely blew me away with Evelyn Hugo, so I decided to put my faith in her and pick up a book that was a bit out of my comfort zone. And I have absolutely no regrets. Because Daisy Jones & The Six is amazing.
It took me a bit to get used to the style of this book, because it’s told in short interview snippets, blended together to make a cohesive narrative. I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything quite like this, but I ended up really enjoying it. I thought it was done well, and was never disorienting and confusing, which can definitely happen switching back and forth between so many narrators, especially so quickly. Plus, it gave the book an added element of narrators almost engaging with each other – not directly, but it was clear when there was tension or disagreement, and I thought that was done in a really clever way. I also thought it was a perfect way to tell this particular story, and it made this book feel even more special.
I will say that Daisy Jones didn’t quite make me cry in the way Evelyn Hugo did (read: a lot). You might make it out of this book sans Kleenex. However, if you’ve read even one TJR book, you already know this book is painful. It might not be a tear-jerker, but it carries its fair share of gut punches. At one point, I was trying to sneakily read this at work – because I seriously couldn’t put it down towards the end – and almost got caught because I literally gasped out loud. I’ll admit I wasn’t quite sure about this book in the beginning. But it got me. It sucked me in without me even realizing it was happening, and then it hurt me. And I’m not even mad, because it was beautiful.
I loved Daisy Jones & The Six. I truly was not expecting to, but Taylor Jenkins Reid managed to take a subject that I usually don’t enjoy and turn it into a new favorite book. The story is engaging, and I loved all the characters (even when I was mad at them). By the time I put this book down, I felt like I had just read a rare piece of magic. And I can’t stop thinking about it.
★★★★★ – All the stars to Daisy Jones & The Six. I loved it. Highly recommend! And I’d be surprised if this did not make my favorites list at the end of the year.
P.S. I really, really want the actual music that wasn’t actually recorded by the band that is definitely fictional. I’m just a little bit bitter that this story wasn’t real.
Daisy Jones & The Six will be available in bookstores March 5. You can preorder a copy on Amazon now.
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This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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