Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
SYNOPSIS: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . 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 ‘n’ 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 and the Six was a wonderful and unexpected surprise for me. As many of you know I usually only read fantasy so it is very rare and has to be a very special book/author for me to pick up a contemporary or fiction book. I had heard so many good things about this book though I was willing to give it a try. Added bonus of there being a full cast on the audiobook!
One of the best things about this book to me was the format, it was set up more like an interview than a traditional read in third person and I think it worked very well for this type of story chronicling the lives of Daisy Jones and the band The Six. Because of this format it was very easy to have a full cast on the audiobook with a different narrator playing each different character. This type of audiobook makes the read incredibly powerful and more intriguing to me. It was easy to follow and honestly the narration was so slow I listened to this at 2x speed so it ended up being a very quick and easy read to break up my more dense books as of late.
This is a very traditional story about a band though so it dropped down a star for me because of the predictability. I do want to say that are some very heavy topics in this book so proceed with caution if you are not in the right headspace for it, CW for the following topics: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, abortion. No spoilers but this is a story about a rock and roll band in the 1970’s… so as you can imagine this story is primarily about music, sex, and drugs.
Daisy Jones is a very broken character, but I think because of that she is also incredibly strong and determined to get what she wants. Daisy has been through a lot in her life and her circumstances growing up absolutely shaped her as a person and helped her become the musician she always aspired to be. It’s also not just Daisy, all of the characters in this story are flawed, they are all just trying to do their best in a business that is incredibly demanding and hurtful. At times it was hard to read this story because of it, because of the reality of what ‘famous people’ endure in their day to day lives. It gave me a new appreciation for them and honestly I don’t envy them.