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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Publication Date: March 5th 2019

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.

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.


My thoughts & feelings …

I have tried writing this review multiple times. I feel like I can’t shut up about this book to my friends, constantly pointing it out whenever I see a copy of it in the shop, but when it comes to sitting down and writing a coherent review, I don’t know what to say.

I’ll start off by admitting in shame that a couple of years ago, despite everyone raving about Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo, I just felt like her books weren’t for me. Clearly I was an idiot because I loved this book so much and absolutely devoured it. I 100% would have finished it in one day if I hadn’t had to walk my drunk housemate home at 1am.

This book, as I’m sure most people know, tells the story of the fictional band known as Daisy Jones & The Six. It’s written like a transcript, like the characters are really being interviewed years later, meaning we get all sides to the story of how this band was created, how they shot to fame, and the reasons behind their explosive split decades ago.

If you had given me this book and told me it was non-fiction I would have believed you without a second thought. This truly read like an interview with a real life band; the way the characters spoke and acted, their responses to trauma and how they handled/looked back on events. Every single one of them was flawed and that made them so human.

I teared up a fair bit while reading. This book touches on so much. We see as these characters spiral, hit rock bottom and crawl themselves back to the top. Trigger Warnings for: substance abuse, addiction, abortion, drug-use.

My absolute favourite thing was how Billy, the front man of the band, would recount something, and near enough every other character would contradict him in their own recount of how things played out. I cackled every single time. This is just another thing that added to the realism.

One of the most heartbreaking things about this book is that I couldn’t go and listen to the Daisy Jones & The Six’s songs and albums after finishing it. I just want to hear what Aurora sounds like.

Thankfully, I might be able to hear these songs with my own ears sooner rather then later because it’s being adapted into a TV series starring Sam Claflin as Bobby! Why did nobody tell me about this before! Probably wouldn’t have got me to read this book any sooner because I’m terrible but still!!

If you can’t tell from everything I’ve already said, I loved this book. I would quite happily go back and re-read it right now. I’m holding off doing that though until I get through The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Malibu Rising.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.”

  1. I’m so excited for the series!! Sam Claflin is the perfect Billy in my opinion. I didn’t even think about actually being able to hear songs created for the show, I’m even more excited now! If it helps in the meantime, the story was heavily inspired by Fleetwood Mac. I was listening to them a bit when I read Daisy Jones to get into the vibe more.

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    1. I actually saw something Fleetwood Mac related the other day and thought “that’s giving Daisy Jones vibes”. Welp, guess I know what I’m listening to on my walk to uni tomorrow.
      I’ve had this book in my life for a month and am already know i’m going to die for the TV show!!

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  2. I can’t recall the number of times I went to search for their songs while I was reading only to remember that this band isn’t real! It made me so sad but I’m incredibly excited to hear the music during the show. I hope it does this book justice! So glad to hear that you loved it and I hope you love Evelyn Hugo as well! 😍

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