Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published March 5, 2019 by Ballantine Books
Length: 9 hours & 3 minutes
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Adult
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.
So, I gave in to the hype and read Daisy Jones & The Six. I decided to listen to the audiobook after reading a preview because the entire book is written in interview format. What a great decision that was because the audiobook was fantastic! The cast did a phenomenal job bringing the characters and story to life. Their intonations, pauses, and the overall performance was perfect. I was so mesmerized that at some point I opened my browser ready to research each member on Wikipedia.
This book is an oral history of a fictional rock band in the 1970’s. The book feels like an amalgamation of several real 70’s rock bands, both well-known and obscure. Taylor Jenkins Reid did an exceptional job crafting authentic characters. Even though the story is primarily focused on Daisy and Billy, the side characters are fascinating, and in some cases their side plots were more compelling than Billy and Daisy. There were pieces of each character that I empathized with in some way.
I gave Daisy Jones 4 stars because the band’s split was anticlimactic and the book kind of ended abruptly. Because of the build up and tension leading up to the split, I expected more from their split. I mean, I completely understand why they split, but I thought there would be more to it. There wasn’t, but this book was still enjoyable and fun.
If you like documentaries, where are they now, or if you’re even remotely interested in 70’s rock bands, you’ll enjoy this. Personally, I think audiobook is the best way to take in this story.
P.s. Daisy Jones & The Six confirmed the feeling I had earlier this month after I read Maybe in Another Life by TJR: The books she published before Evelyn Hugo are not my cup of tea.
If you’ve read Daisy Jones & The Six, please let me know what your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for reading, friends.