Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted March 29, 2021 by shooting in Book Review / 17 Comments

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins ReidDaisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genres: Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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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.”

–Daisy Jones

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.

17 responses to “Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. I have seen so many good reviews for this, and someone mentioned it was sort of inspired by the Fleetwood Mac drama of the 70’s. that alone made me curious since I’m a big Mac fan. But irrespective of that it sounds really good!

  2. I loved this book so much–it wasn’t at all what I was expecting and I really didn’t think I would love it like I did, but it was SO good!

  3. Absolutely loved this book and then read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by the same author, which I think I ended up loving even more if that is possible. So, if you haven’t read that book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I highly recommend it, as well 🙂

  4. I loved this one – so entertaining and so much fun! I am actually looking forward to the upcoming release of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev because it sounds similar!

  5. So glad you enjoyed this one. Lauren! It was one of my favorites of the year when I read it (2019, I think?). And that quote you shared was one of my favorites from the book. It was just so Daisy. 🙂

  6. I love TJR, especially her older stuff. I feel like this book and Evelyn Hugo were written more for becoming a movie or Netflix series in a way. It felt very VH1 Behind the Music, which was fun. I have an ARC of her new one that is due out in May. I need to read it!

  7. I actually read this for my book club a few months ago. The format for mixed reviews. I did not mind it and it did make reading go by quickly. Sadly I did not love the story. None of the characters was very redeeming and I felt like it romanticized this cliche of bad rock n roll behavior. About half the people on my book club work in the music industry though so I think we have a different view than others. We read her book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo too and I liked that more. I think it’ll be a really fun tv show though.

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