Genres: Adult Fiction
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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.
Daisy Jones and the Six is a book that has been on my wish list for a long time. Once I finally got a copy, it still took me awhile to read the book. This is what happens when it’s a non-review book. However, I finally read it last month for the Read the Alphabet Challenge and I absolutely adored it. I knew I would after all. This is my first read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but don’t worry…it will not be my last. Daisy Jones and the Six is written in the form of an oral history. Essentially, the characters (the band and those who surrounded them) are being interviewed, because they are, years after their megahit album Aurora. This style of writing might not work for everyone because you aren’t getting a typical narrative. Instead you get the character’s words, their descriptions, their point of view.
I’m someone who loves this style of writing so it really worked for me. It also made the book read quick since you aren’t bogged down with some long, flowery narrative. That’s not to say that Jenkins Reid’s writing is simple; it’s anything but. I think writing a book in the form of an oral history is probably tougher in a lot of ways because it is so focused on the dialogue. There were some wonderful quotes in this book, which always makes me happy. Who doesn’t love a good quote or “sound bite” if you will?
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”
I am very happy to have finally read Daisy Jones and the Six. No, it won’t be for everyone, but I highly recommend if you are at all interested. Plus, I hear it’s been optioned for a TV show, which should be fascinating.