Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: ✶✶✶✶✶/5 stars
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 ’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.
There is so much I liked about this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid did it again. As in some of her previous novels, Reid doesn’t shy away from tough issues. She faces them head on, unflinching. She manages to be empathetic, realistic, as well as hopeful in her take on the struggle with addiction in this novel.
I became invested in these characters, I cared about them. I cried. I laughed at parts. I felt like I had been made to see a different angle to issues I had been familiar with before reading this. Such a well done job of getting you inside someone’s head. I would not have made the same choices as a lot of these characters, but I felt I understood them, somewhat, by the end of the story.
The female relationships were just done. so. well. I enjoyed how dignity was brought to each female role. The camaraderie they had. The character of Camila – what a class act. One scene with her in particular that I won’t spoil, I thought – THAT is the only way I want to respond to a situation like that if I ever face it.
The Audiobook is one I HIGHLY recommend. It’s a full cast, wonderful. They made the story come alive. I read the book on my Kindle as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a fictional band breakup. I wish they had been real, I would love to hear their music right about now.