Daisy Jones & The Six Book Review
Gotta start this book review with a few small tidbits about me before I start fangirling and you’re wondering what the hubbub is all about. First off, I’m a child of the seventies. Not only that, but I’ve always felt that I should’ve really been my mom’s age, although I can think of many ways that would’ve been epically dangerous for my well-being! And secondly, I am a giant fan of seventies music. I’m pretty vocal about my love of disco, mainly because it has always set me apart from my Bee Gee’s bashing friends. But I really love seventies music in general, from Fleetwood Mac to Seals & Crofts, England Dan and John Ford Coley to Queen. My Spotify has no shortage of hits and lesser knowns from that glorious era, that in my memories is filled with nothing but sunshine.
So, when Booksparks was dishing out copies of the hot new Taylor Jenkins Reid book Daisy Jones & the Six for review, I absolutely HAD to get my hands on it, especially once I saw what it was about. I am one of Booksparks faithful #booksharks and I’m always grateful when they send me a book to check out!
Daisy Jones & the Six is the story of a fictitious band in the 70’s, and the novel is told in the style of an interview with the bandmates, and other various characters that surrounded them in their heyday. Starting with Daisy Jones being on her own, as a mesmerizing and enigmatic teen on the strip. And The Six, a band with a troubled, addict for a lead singer, who already has some success. Everything comes together when Daisy duets with Billy, and then joins the band. Together they are captivating and explosive. And this is their tale.
This book is truly sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. You have a very young girl running around LA getting into all sorts of trouble, that we know was ACTUALLY happening in the music scene at that time. You have a heavy drug and alcohol presence, but also the ramifications of abuse, plus a character who is truly trying to stay off of the stuff. Being told in interviews, it felt very “Behind the Music”. And then you have the rock. You have characters discussing the writing process. Complaining about using each others instruments. Petty disagreements in recording studios. Arguments over other interviews and placement in photographs. Very reminiscent of the movie Almost Famous.
The author built this entire world surrounding these fictitious singers, including all of the song lyrics in the back of the book…which I thought was great since they are referenced throughout. And being an interview book, filled with so many characters, I really felt she kept their voices unique. I didn’t struggle to remember who was who as I was reading, which is pretty amazing considering the scope of the novel. I never put this one down. I read it straight through, and honestly loved every minute of it. I’d be lying if, like a lot of the other early reviewers, I didn’t catch a slight Fleetwood Mac vibe off of the central characters. I guess that just means that TJR created a very cool lead, as I’m a BIG fan of seventies era Stevie Nicks.
I can’t recommend Daisy Jones & The Six highly enough, especially if you too are a fan of seventies music and/or things from that decade. Yes, some folks might struggle with the interview format and the multitude of characters, but I never had an issue with it. By the end of the book, I felt like I should’ve been able to find old live performances of the band on YouTube, they felt so real to me. I was completely sucked into their world. Pre-order (the book comes out in March), put it on your TBR list, write this bad boy on your calendar, etc. You’ll probably hear more about it because Reese Witherspoon bought it up to create a series for Amazon. I can see it in my head already!!
I’m just happy because it means there are others who love this stuff as much as I do!
Let me know in the comments if you’re a big old 70’s fan also.