I’m quite a big music fan and heard a lot of hype around the author Taylor Jenkins Reid. So when I had the opportunities to review her latest book Daisy Jones and the Six, out in March 2019, I jumped at the chance!
Synopsis on Goodreads:
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 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.
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.
Daisy Jones and the Six is different from almost all the books I’ve ever read. Set in the present day, it follows a fictional rock band discussing their journey as they made it big in the 1970s. The story is in an interview format and covers the points of view of the band members, their partners and other people integral to their success.
The character development is incredible. Each character is distinctive and have such believable relationships with each other. This definitely has the most heartbreaking and believable ‘love/hate’ relationship I have ever read about. You also experience the realities of cheating, unreciprocated love, unplanned pregnancy and drug addiction – it’s one hell of a ride!
One of the most interesting elements is how different characters are interviewed about the same event but have different memories of how the event unfolded. I’m a big fan of the unreliable narrator and it leaves you wondering if that is the case or if certain characters have simply misremembered. Regardless, this makes the story even more intriguing.
This was the first full-length Taylor Jenkins Reid book I have read (I’ve since finished ‘The Seven Husbands…’) and it was a solid read. I gave the book 3* as although I enjoyed the book, it felt more like a stream of consciousness at times and had little to no twists or surprises, which is something that I enjoy. Overall though this is a solid read especially if you’re a big fan of rock and roll music.
Also exciting to note that this is going to be made into a 13-part Amazon series!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.