Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Book Review
Publication: Doubleday Canada
Release date: March 5, 2019
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
“A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of a world-famous 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer--and the secret reasons behind their dramatic break up.”
This book is everything I wanted and I didn’t even know I needed! Daisy Jones & The Six is a story recollecting a bands history written in a rock autobiography interview style. The way I pictured this story being told is very similar to watching a documentary. It’s written in a way that you catch yourself thinking this can’t be fictional! These characters have to be real! It’s thought out so well, the story is so raw and powerful I wanted to cry getting closer to the end of the book. Daisy Jones & The Six is an extraordinary story and made me feel a little bit left out not being alive through the 60-70’s. It seemed like such an alive time to live through and experience.
Set in the iconic time of rock’n roll with several characters recounting their truth of the time in their lives of trying to make it as a band and their journey to fame. Daisy Jones and The Six join forces to dominate the charts but friction with many people in one band creates issues but also Daisy and Billy, lead singer of the band, find themselves being pulled together while also disliking each other. Covering the excitement and struggles of fame, drug and alcohol abuse, love, infidelity, and what it all means.
Daisy Jones is a bad-ass. She does what she wants and paves her own path. She leaves home with nothing and, in a way, lands on her feet and creates a following without even trying. She’s an ultimate feminist who wants to experience it all. Billy Dunne, lead singer of The Six, wants to make it big and once the band lands their first record deal he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. This sending him into a spiral, which creates a wild first tour and he finds himself at a crossroads from all the pressure.
One of my favourite things about reading this is how well it’s written. I love how it doesn’t try to create a perfect story. It’s shows each character’s truth and how one situation is seen in several different ways from each characters perspective. This just made the story feel so real.
There’s something about the 60’s and 70’s that would have been magical and such a trip to be a part of. Having to call people to talk and to schedule a time to meet, not knowing exactly where everyone is all the time. I love the mystery to it all.
Daisy Jones & The Six is beautifully written. I absolutely love the atmosphere, the era, the story, everything! It’s now one of my favourite books and cannot wait to read the next book Jenkins Reid’s releases.
*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*