Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Pub Date: March 5th, 2019
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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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.
Sometimes you find stories that capture you like no other, you cannot stop reading them, you are absorbed fully in the story and you don’t know what is happening around you. Daisy Jones & The Six was that story for me. The unique structure of the book, it’s written as if it was a non-fiction story of a 70s band, told as an oral history, not in prose but in snippets of interviews with cast members put together to make a multi POV narrative. The structure made it so easy to read and so captivating. It felt real and made me care about the characters so much more. It was so easy to forget about the real world and just be there with Daisy, Billy and the band.
Everything works in this story, even the cliches and phrases that would sound cheesy in any other setting. The story is heavily romanticized, I’d say that the drug use it romanticized too much in the story, but overall it works for the overall plot of the dangerous relationship between Daisy and Billy, and people around them. I must say that when I started reading the story, I was convinced it is a non-fiction book, I even tried looking for them on Spotify. Only when I didn’t find anything, I did some googling and realized that this is all fiction. The whole structure and atmosphere of the book make for an amazing reading experience.
I loved all the characters in the story, I didn’t feel like the book was exclusively about Billy and Daisy, other characters had something to say and had a chance to tell their stories, even just a tiny bit. I especially like the female characters, they are all so unique and strong in their own ways. Daisy is vulnerable and sensitive, but also assertive and willing to fight for what she wants. I’d love her attitude to wearing and doing what she wants, regardless of the male gaze. She does what she does for herself, and she doesn’t need to meet other’s expectations to be taken seriously. I love how fiercely she fought for being the creator, not the muse. Karen loves music, and in order to be taken seriously in the business she took another approach to how she presents herself, unlike Daisy, she tried to avert male gaze from her body and make them focus on what she was delivering in the music. She made different decisions than other women in the story, but she knew what she wanted and she was brave enough to do what she felt was best for her. And last but not least, there was Camille, Billy’s wife and a mother, a strong-willed woman, that once she knew what she wants, she will fight for this. She always knew what others should do, and wasn’t afraid to tell them that, but she always had their well-being in mind. She wasn’t presented as a jealous wife of a famous singer, she was a character of her own, a woman that decided that she wants to be with the famous singer, no matter how hurtful it might be sometimes. And what is best, those three women were at some points friends with each other or were supporting each other no matter how hurtful it has been.
I so happy I read this book, and even more happy to hear that it will become a TV series. I cannot wait to see Daisy and Billy onstage and to finally hear those songs.