This week’s review is Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!
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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid created magic with this historical novel Daisy Jones & The Six. The interview styled format was a genius way to present this story! It was so realistic I forgot the book was about a fictional band during the rock-n-roll era.
The Six is a band started by a couple of brothers – Billy and Graham Dunne – and their friends. They eventually take on a female keyboardist, Karen. They make some great songs and tours while rising in popularity, but it’s Billy – the band’s lead vocalist – that’s the star of the show and what the fans go crazy about. The band members recall this time with fondness and nostalgia, and the friendships and respect between them are apparent. Even when Billy develops an alcohol and drug addiction, it’s a recollection of many feel-good moments.
At the same time, The Six is becoming wildly popular, Daisy Jones is also making her mark on the scene. As a troubled youth with famous, rich parents that cease to acknowledge her presence, she forges her own way in life which happens to be along Sunset Trip in Los Angeles. Her unparalleled beauty turns heads, but her voice and creativity at songwriting are what Daisy most wants and wants to be remembered for.
While Daisy is trying to find her place in the rock scene, a producer realizes real magic could happen if the two sensations – Daisy Jones and The Six – were put together. And so it happens. Daisy and Billy working together in both songwriting and singing have unprecedented chemistry and the band quickly rises to number one. All the women want to be Daisy and have Billy.
If there is so much that goes right and the band is selling out venues on their tours, why does Daisy Jones & The Six suddenly split during their tour? This collection of interviews finally reveals why the band members quit the band in the middle of tour and each went their separate ways.
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The author did an incredible job incorporating the reality of the seventies throughout the band members’ reminiscing of their rock days. It is saturated with all the components of a true band touring days: sex, drugs, love, and – essentially – music. The author created sheer perfection with the interviews as though she had real interviews with a real band plucked straight from that time.
Each character had a distinct personality and their own style of talking which the author pulls it off with such ease. It was so real you could feel their emotions, hear the songs, and get light-headed from the drugs. At one point I forgot it was a fictional band and searched for their songs in order to hear their songs and feel the magic of Daisy and Billy’s songwriting abilities. It quickly dawned on me it wasn’t real when my search revealed nothing. *facepalm*
The band members’ interviews are told from the present – the reader knows this – but the way the band members talk has a youthful, wistful tone. It’s as though they remember the time with love, innocence, and youth. Even the twist near the end is unexpected and sticks with the theme of the story – you love all of it even when it’s not what you expected.
The last chapter is a true treat for me. Once you get there, you’ll understand why. Don’t cheat and ruin it by flipping there first.
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According to Elle magazine, there is an upcoming web TV series based on this book. It will be produced by Reese Witherspoon and the book’s author, Taylor Jenkins Reid. Read more.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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