Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

RATING: 9/10

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.

REVIEW

“Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding”.

Daisy Jones & The Six is so hyped up and I just had to get a copy of this. And then I fell in love with this book.

This book is about the rise and fall of a fictional legendary rock band in the 1970s. The story was written in a unique oral interview format. I thought that the choice of such writing style was made at the expense of characterization. But I underestimated Taylor Jenkins Reid’s ability as a writer. The internal struggles and conflict between the characters are all properly fleshed out in this book. The highlight is of course the relationship between Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones (the 2 lead singers of the band) as well as their struggle in facing substance abuse and depression. I am really not a fan of romance elements in a book but I am just blown away with how the author brings out the relationship of Billy and Daisy. It is so raw and believable! Not to mention that the relationship and dynamics between the side characters are also enjoyable to read.

I am also impressed by the manner in which the author describes the process of writing songs and producing the band’s album. It is so lyrical and engaging. To a certain extent, I really wanted to listen to the songs that Billy and Daisy have written (especially Aurora, Honeycomb and Turn it Off). The lyrics of the songs written by Billy and Daisy really reflects the current state of mind and the relationship between these 2 lead singers. All in all, I just love a good story about music, singers and bands!

This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book and it is already a 9/10 star rating for me! I will definitely pay attention to her other books from now onwards. I heard that this book is being adapted and I cant wait to watch the TV series!

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