Book Title and Author: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date and Publisher: March 5, 2019 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction
Pages: 368 pages
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Date Read: February 2, 2019 (e-arc)
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.
Daisy Jones & the Six is my most anticipated read of 2019 and I could hardly keep my hands off of my ARC when I received it in August, but I forced myself to wait closer to publication. I’m so glad I did since it ended up being a buddy read with my wonderful friend Annie @ The Misstery! You can read her fabulous review here.
I’ve been a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid since reading After I Do, and Annie and I both loved Evelyn Hugo so we couldn’t wait to find out what we thought of Daisy Jones! We both flew through the book even though we meant to stop throughout, but it was just impossible to put down. This was such a fabulous book, and we both loved it! I had so much fun hearing Annie’s thoughts on this one and although I loved Daisy much more than I did Evelyn (I actually adored Daisy!) and Annie liked Evelyn just a little bit more, we completely agreed this was another winner by TJR!
I love 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s rock music, especially rock bands, so I knew when starting this book that I’d love it! And I was always a big fan of VH1’s Behind the Music in the late 90s because I loved learning about the bands…how they were made, their love of the music, and what tore them apart. In a way, this book reminded me of watching a mega episode but it’s so, so much more than that because it’s tremendously epic!
I loved how this book is written and can’t remember reading anything composed quite like this before or at least done in such a phenomenal way! It’s written as oral interviews with the characters (and when I realized who the interviewee was, it became even more special and poignant), so we hear firsthand their own words of how they rose to the top and how they broke apart. Can I just say that I wanted Daisy and the band members… Billy, Graham, Karen, Warren, Pete, and Eddie to be real?! I’d give anything to hear them play and sing just the way I did in my head while reading this book!
I fell in love with so many of these characters, including Billy’s wife Camila, because TJR created these tremendous characters in such a realistic way (the same way that Evelyn Hugo felt like a real celebrity in Hollywood). The characterization is just exceptional and so well-developed and that’s something TJR excels in when writing her novels.
Their stories might be totally crazy at times, with sex, alcohol, drugs, addiction, battles, conflict and of course, love and passion, but these stories sound and feel astonishingly raw, authentic, passionate, emotional, and at times so very touching and sad that I bawled my eyes out. It’s a remarkable piece of storytelling.
If you enjoy 60s and 70s rock and roll, then I know you’ll love Daisy Jones & the Six! I enjoyed this one so much, and it completely lived up to the hype! I’m over the moon that it’s being made into a TV adaptation for Amazon by Reese Witherspoon. I’ll be recommending everyone read Daisy Jones this year, and there’s no doubt it’ll be a favorite of 2019!!
**Thank you Edelweiss and Ballantine Books for the ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.**
Oh, and make sure you check out Spotify’s Daisy Jones & the Six playlist when you read the book (or if you’ve read it already!). Annie found it, and the music really gets you in the rock n’ roll mood while you’re reading the book!