Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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.
This book!! I really wasn’t sure what to expect with Daisy Jones & The Six and one of the things I love about Taylor Jenkins Reid and you never really do! Her last book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was surprising too and quickly got me hooked.
At first, I questioned the short interview-style narration but quickly got used to it and it actually is one of the things I love most about this book. There are always different perspectives to a story and I love being able to see that play out as you go.
The characters were detailed and flawed, and all had parts of this fictional story that really stood out to me. There was love, addiction, friendships, family drama, and it all played out with depth and without the stereotypical pull, you might have first expected.
The relationships were raw and Reid is skilled at portraying this and really connecting you to her characters, long after you finish her books. This one will stick with me for a long time!
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for sharing an advanced copy with me. All opinions are my own.