Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: March 5th, 2019
By: Ballantine Books
You can buy it HERE: Book Depository
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.
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“I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?”
I finally read it, guys! I’ve heard SO many wonderful things about this book and since I read The Seven Husbands, I knew I had to read more from the author and I’m very pleased to have done it. I must confess before beginning and delve into the review, that never a book made me feel so many opposite things, on the one hand, I LOVED the concept, the construction and the audiobook was magnificent, but on the other hand, the story as such touches sensitive topics for me, or at least I think so, because I was so hurt most of the book by the attitudes of the characters that many times I wanted to stop reading. This is something 100% personal, mine and from my soul, so I know it’s not about the book. The book itself is incredible and the author does nothing but surprises me with how real her stories feel, as I mentioned in my little review when I finished reading it, I guess when a book makes you feel so many emotions, it did its job well.
This book is all about Daisy Jones & The Six, a super popular rock band in the ’70s. The book is told in an interview format, and after many years without speaking publicly, the members of the band as well as many people who have known them during their career finally give their testimony. From the beginning of the band “The Six”, to the incorporation of the great Daisy Jones and of course, the huge enigma why they decided to split when they were at their best moment
It will be so difficult for me to review this book, I was afraid to do it since I finished reading it, really. But well, here I go and I hope to be clear about my thoughts and feelings, you know that everything is 100% personal.
First, I really liked the construction of the book A LOT, it’s a unique idea I’d never read before. It was my first time trying an audiobook, and I’m incredibly grateful this was my first experience because it was really INCREDIBLE, a new world of possibilities has opened up in front of me and now I’m dying to read more audiobooks. This particular audiobook, as I said, is simply wonderful, the voice cast is perfect, obviously, I have no other experience to compare to, but it was so well told. I could feel each of the emotions of each character through their stories and that was a unique experience for me. I highly recommend the audiobook if you haven’t read it yet, it’s a great way to go for this story, I think you can feel and live all in a more intense way.
It’s told in an interview format, I’ve never read anything like that before, I think so, or at least not in its totality and I loved it. Makes it pretty fast to read because there are many dialogues, you just fly through it, which is crazy at the same time, because it touches very strong and heavy issues. It also has a very interesting dynamic, since each character is telling you their experience, you never know for sure who is lying or who tells the truth, and that I think depends on you and who you end up trusting the most in. I’d love to read more of these types of formats, I think it’s a lot of fun and addictive.
I think my strongest thoughts are about the characters. I would believe without hesitation if someone told me they’re real because they honestly seem to be made of flesh and blood, I swear I felt like wanting to Google them to see if it was a real thing lol, I know this story hit me hard lol.
The thing is that I can see that it’s a thing that Taylor Jenkins Read is very good at, creating characters that feel SO real, and we have Evelyn Hugo as proof of this. OMG, this woman knows how to create and give deep and complex personalities to each character, making them tangible individuals. In addition, everyone has a story behind that’s explored in detail and lets you put yourself a little in their place, and understand many of their actions. You almost feel that you can know what everyone would do under a certain situation, just because they feel so real and that’s crazy. Part of me knows that it’s due to this wonderful construction of characters that I’ve felt so touched by the plot, which every time I think I find it very funny. I know it’s fiction, it’s not the first time I read a complicated plot, but OMG hit me hard on my sensitivity.
First of all, I want to start talking briefly about each character, because we don’t want to be here for years, right?
How not to start with another one that’s not Daisy Jones, this is a character that the author has managed to bring to life, I can visualize Daisy being a great reference of the ’70s, because she’s daring, provocative and so talented, in addition, she radiates a very strong feminine power and that would have been INCREDIBLE at the time. How do I feel about her? It’s complicated, on the one hand, I LOVE her fighting part and going for what she wants, I love seeing her talented and daring side and above all, I love that it defends itself against men and is a sexy icon and fierce. But, on the other hand, I don’t like many of her decisions and actions, it’s very hard to judge her when she’s under the influence of drugs for much of the book, and I understand the crazy things she has done because of this, but I can’t stop feeling this pressure in my chest every time I think of certain occasions when there’s a very fine thread between going for what you want and being selfish or not thinking of anyone but yourself. She’s very absorbing and capricious at times too. I don’t like that aspect of her, I can’t go deep but it hurts when I see someone with the power to have someone or something and just don’t think for a second in others that may be hurt
Then we have Billy and I think he’s the one who disconcerts me the most, at the beginning I liked him, leaving aside all the immoral things he has done, I think he’s a good father and I like that side of him. His fight against his addiction I think is very real and admirable to see his growth in that aspect. I also like how he created the group and he writes his songs about his wife, that’s lovely. But then when Daisy appears on the scene, I simply began to feel more and more anger towards him and his attitudes. This is also super personal, I don’t want to say much but I must explain myself so that it’s understood. At one point he began to put excuses for everything he did or thought of doing and I was like “do it and shut up” LOL. I finished a little bit tired of him, but he’s such a well-created character that all my feelings are simply because of how real he feels to me.
Let’s talk about my beloved Camila, she’s Billy’s wife, who has always deserved better. This is a character that I adore, is so mature and is always there despite everything and you know what? I LOVE HER. It makes me feel so angry what she has had to live and endure, in her place, I had sent everyone to hell in a second, I swear, the level of maturity, understanding, and fortitude of this woman is from another world. Her actions may be kind of unbelievable, perhaps, but that’s the interesting and unique thing about it, I think. Latina Power!
Other characters that I really enjoy reading were, Karen and Graham, I really like them, both separately and also follow their story together. I really felt much more interested in them throughout the book than in Billy and Daisy, and I think it makes sense, you know?. Karen is super fun, I laughed a lot with her and also suffered, she’s a great girl. Graham is a man who, although he seems rude, has a tender heart and you can see that very well.
Then we have many more like Simone, who’s a wonderful friend, Eddie, who has given me the best dialogues, I can’t stop laughing at his brutal honesty. Then we have Rod too. And the truth is that everyone contributes a lot to the plot, and makes this book a unique thing. Although some I may have enjoyed more than others, I think the book wouldn’t be the same without any of them.
I don’t know how you feel about it, nor have I read other reviews, because I didn’t want to feel influenced in any way, but the element of emotional cheating inside the book breaks my heart, I feel this hurts me more cause that whole meaning that an emotional cheating has, even more than a physical one, you know? I never thought in a million years that I could feel so committed to a plot til felt that kind of pain. Maybe because I became very fond of the characters and suddenly I saw that this character, I love, was suffering and that everything was so unfair, I hated that. I believe that the author wanted to write about forbidden love or two soulmates who meat each other on the wrong moment and I understand all that, in fact, I’m always open for any kind of romantic plot that includes different and complex things but this time it was not for me. I recognize that it’s an INCREDIBLE book, it’s so well told, makes me feel so many things all in just 360 pages, so if nobody gives a prize to this Author I’LL DO IT!!
Obviously, as I mentioned, I had some problems with the book, but I can’t help recommending it, it feels real so be prepared for the feelings. All the characters in this book have had to deal with very strong things from addictions to violence. There are many painful and hard-hitting points on which is deepened here. Being a rock band in the ’70s is equal to many excesses, so keep that in mind.
I LOVED the songs, I wasn’t so interested in the artistic plot of the construction of the songs, being honest, but in the end, we have all the songs that are mentioned during the book, the songs of “Aurora” and oh, I need it! Someone has to make it possible for me to listen to those songs, they sound incredible and they filled me with feelings. I can’t stop thinking about the author’s brilliant mind, who hasn’t only created a great interview system, and rock stars personalities who feel real, but also created absolutely significant songs. An extraordinary job
Would I read this book again? probably not, and this doesn’t mean that it’s a bad book, on the contrary, it is really good, but personally I find the plot painful to follow and I feel that I wouldn’t like to put myself back in that situation.
I highly recommend the book, the author’s mind works in wonderful ways and give us a complicated plot, full of excesses about the life of one of the most recognized rock bands of the ’70s. The characters, whether you like it or not, are incredibly created, they are raw and their personal stories are strong, difficult and honest. It will be a book that you cannot stop reading until the end because you’ll just die to know how it ends.