Review | Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | the drama of a rock band

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Publishing Date: March 5, 2019

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction

Format: Audiobook

Pages: 368

Goodreads Rating: 4.28

My Rating: 5.0

“But the only reason people thought I had everything is because I had all the things you can see.

I had none of the things you can’t.”

 

S Y N O P S I S

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.

★★★★★

 

R E V I E W

GOODREADS

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK

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Ultimately, this book is about chasing your dreams (no matter what it is) and what is worth losing or keeping them. It is about loyalty and trust.

The audiobook is also G-R-E-A-T ! It’s read by a full cast as the whole book is written from a series of interviews. I find it the perfect narration for the plot of the story and the overall vibe. The synopsis doesn’t even begin to cover everything about this story.

I don’t know how TJR does it. But she did this.

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Everything about the pacing of this story was perfect to me. It appealed to my reading speed and I never thought that it was going too fast or too slow. Listening to it definitely helped me focus on the story more that I would have if I just read it.

The fact that it was written in an interview style was great for the narrative rather than shifting perspectives. It allowed me to get sucked in to what each of the characters were experiencing at different moment and for some reason it felt like I was experiencing it in real-time. It’s like I was right there with them.

I liked reading about the musical aspect as I am a musician myself and I do not think there are not many books that talk about in-depth the life of musicians. It was like having an inside peek on how bands start, how they begin, their own musically-related struggles, the hours or recordings, etc. and it was nice to have some little parts where I could relate to them.

It was nice to see how the smallest details resulted to the bigger pictures.

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Very well-written. The story just seemed to flow seamlessly together even

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at creating characters you wish were real… or at some point you actually thought were real.

I was so in love with every single character and even though it was confusing at first to get used to the narrative, it helped that the audiobook is by A FULL CAST. The different voices helped me distinguish the characters. By the end of the book, I felt like I actually knew each of them and that I lived their life with them as well.

I love me a character-driven story and this is one of the good ones. Just like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, TJR created Daisy Jones as not the perfect protagonist/antagonist/whatever but you cannot help but love her and feel for her anyway. The same goes with every other member of The Six. I was in love. I was crying. My heart ached and it swelled.

All of their relationships were written so well and realistically that I swear they exist somewhere.

“things don’t have to be perfect to be strong.”

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I read this book right after The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I swear the way Taylor Jenkins Reid writes historical fiction makes them feel so real. I feel like they really were part of history.

 

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