Daisy Jones & The Six
Author Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher Ballantine Books | 2019
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. (from Goodreads)
Beware: This review contains spoilers (I had to talk about my feelings, OK?!?!)
OH WOW. OK. I don’t want to say this book was fun, because it was actually kind of downright painful, but dang it was enjoyable! I looked past the fact that I was one of the few people who weren’t blown away by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, because when I read the synopsis for this I was HOOKED. This book is exactly the kind of celebrity fanfare that I LIVE FOR. It’s so good, and I wish these characters were real because I would be super invested (also their songs sound amazing). I was also a little wary because of how much hype this has been getting (I haven’t had the best luck lately with hyped new releases) but I’m happy to say that I really loved this one! I’ve also heard amazing things about the audiobook, so if I ever re-read this, it’ll be on audio!
“I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.”
I really enjoyed these characters. Daisy was so interesting and it was fascinating to watch her passion and determination battle with her addiction and ego. She did a lot of things that frustrated me immensely but you can’t help but root for her to figure it all out. Billy was a great contrast to her character and he really fit into the rockstar mold in a fun (and at times annoying) way. I thought the beginning was a little slow up until Daisy meets the band, but reflecting on it now I see it was necessary to set them up as two different entities on a crash course towards each other. The supporting characters were fine, but I was really there for Daisy and Billy. I liked different members of the band at different moments, but overall they could be a bit annoying, so I just powered through their sections. There were a lot of great relationships in this book though; I loved Simone and Daisy’s friendship! There were some nice female friendships in this as well- though I had conflicting feelings about Camila, she was a really cool character and I appreciate her a lot.
I saw a couple reviews saying that they disliked the format of this book, but I really liked it. It was funny (and also FRUSTRATING, because HOW) to see one person say something and then the other person to immediately say the opposite. Like, WHAT IS THE TRUTH. If this was a real band, I would be over the moon with the amount of content that comes from this book. You learn so much of the behind the scenes drama and I was SO INVESTED. I originally planned to do a ‘Thoughts While Reading’ type of review for this book, but I got so sucked into the story that I was 45% in and hadn’t written down a single thought, so that plan went down the drain very quickly.
“People say it’s hard to be away from the people you love but it was so hard to be right next to him.”
OK, getting into spoiler territory here, but I have to- I was SO CONFLICTED about my shipping urges throughout this book. Daisy and Billy’s relationship is the kind that I ship immediately, because I love enemies to lovers and they really didn’t get along at the beginning (or middle…or end.. lol) but I was constantly enraptured by every interaction they had. And at the same time, I’m like- but he’s MARRIED and SOBER and she’s VERY ADDICTED and MESSY and UGHHH WHAT DO I DO?!?!? There were so many moments when I thought something was going to happen and then there was a complete 180 and I was like KILL MEEEEEEE!!! It was so good though. The amount of emotional PINING, though. THE PINING. It was so intense and it was actually really painful to read about how much they cared about each other and still couldn’t be together. The ending was definitely a How I Met Your Mother ending, which LOL, but of course I’m over here sobbing because they’re finally gonna be together but it’s also very bittersweet. Please tell me I’m not the only person who was losing their MIND while reading this and figuring out if they should ship these two hot dumbasses.
So overall I loved this! There were definitely some less great moments but I really liked seeing this backstage perspective and it all seemed very realistic. I kind of wish I had listened to it on audio first because it sounds incredible, but alas, maybe I will someday. Yay for books living up to the hype!