DAISY JONES & THE SIX BY TAYLOR JENKINS-REID


PLOT SUMMARY:

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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 the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.


MY REVIEW:

Another highly anticipated and highly reviewed book that had been sitting on my TBR shelf for far too long! I absolutely adored The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so I couldn't wait to dive into another Jenkins Reid novel.

Daisy Jones And The Six is a lot more than meets the eye. It promises an eye opening glimpse into the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll and all of the glamour and parties that comes with it. But it also gives a clear and somewhat uncomfortable view into the darkness that can take over in that world. From the many problems with addiction, to cheating, to having to prove yourself as a key member of the band, there are a lot of challenges and difficulties that these people face. I think the real era of rock n roll in the 70s had as much darkness as it did lightness and that is so well portrayed and brought to life in this book.

As with Evelyn Hugo, I don't know how Jenkins Raid does it I thought I was reading a nonfiction book. I genuinely wanted to google each of the band members, see what they looked like and listen to all of the songs! She immerses you in this world so well that you genuinely believe that you are reading about real people. I know a lot of her books take inspiration from real people and events so that helps to build such an epic story but still, she pulls it off every time and it's just amazing. And the narrative itself is great! I love how it is like interviews and it makes the whole thing very snackable. You can also clearly imagine what this would be like as a series where the characters have their face to face camera time and then the stories they tell come to life as well.

And then with great writing comes great characters. Everyone has their own distinct voice, and are very easy to remember who is who. I find books with too many main characters just becomes too confusing and you constantly have to go back and remind yourself what role each person plays. Where here, you very quickly get to know each of the characters, their tone of voice, their wit and they each cement their roles.

The main reason I didn't give this a 10 out of 10 is because I preferred The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo just a little bit more. I also found the ending felt very quick and it kind of felt like Jenkins Reid just wanted to end it and cut it very short. The whole thing built up to what I thought would be a big secret or controversy but for me it wasn't as 'Wow' as I expected.

Anyway, I am once again completely blown away by Jenkins Reid and for anyone looking for a book that has light and fun moments, but also deep and sometimes heavy messages, this is for you. It is the perfect book to read by the pool or in the garden enjoying the sun.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Powerful

Deep

Fun


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it's not faith right?'


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Karen, she seemed so cool and like someone I would really get on with.


OVERALL RATING:

9/10

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