I’ve been hearing about this book everywhere ever since its release, so of course when it was released in France and we received a few copies of it at work I had to grab a copy for myself to see what all the fuss was about. I was a little bit afraid of the hype, but also curious as I hadn’t read any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books before. Well let me tell you, it is worth all the praise.
Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release: March 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you don’t know what Daisy Jones & The Six is about, it’s telling the story of the most popular rock band of the 70s and how it all came to an end after their best concert ever. Told through interviews of the different characters, it deals with rock music, people falling in an out of love, friendships, family, substance abuse and recovery.
Daisy Jones & The Six is an work of fiction, and it’s an absolute masterpiece.
Trigger warning: substance addiction, abortion
This review is spoiler free!
I started reading this book with low expectations because I was really worried that I would find it overhyped. But hell, I didn’t want to be the only person in the book community who hadn’t read Daisy Jones & The Six! But now I have read it, and I have completely fallen in love with it. This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and now all I can think of is how much I need to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo… But that’s a whole other topic.
Before I move further with my review, here’s a full disclaimer: this is 100% how I imagined Billy throughout the entire book. And yes that is partly because both characters are named Billy but I also felt that they had the same kind of aesthetic? So I really needed to mention that first.
I was a bit suspiscious of the format at first, as it is told through interviews. But in the end, I thought it was super original, and worked really well with the story. It’s great to see the events from different perspectives, and as they speak one after another, it’s really easy to compare all of their points of view, and to realise that they all have a different opinion on what happened. On top of that, as it deals with rock stars, an interview really fits. And as the group ended up exploding for many different reasons, it was important that we as a reader could get all of the different details and aspects of the events.
I felt like it took a little long to get started, but once I was really immersed in the story I simply couldn’t put the book down. So obviously, if you didn’t gather that from my rating, I’m really glad that I picked up this book! I also heard that it would be turned into some kind of TV show and I’m really curious about that.
I really loved Daisy as a character. She is has many flaws, but she’s also really confident and unapologetic about who she is and I loved that about her. People going everywhere barefoot is also one of my favourite things so that was definitely a bonus 😇 Billy was not entirely who I expected him to be and I loved that about him. Karen was my badass queen of everything 👑 Graham was a relatable soft boy with a crush, and I thought he was really interesting (even though he made some questionable decisions in the end). Eddie Loving was always complaining but honestly when you see the rest of the characters you can really understand why. I thought he was really human — and rather relatable 💁🏻♀️ And Camila was simply amazing as well. This book had three fully fleshed amazing ladies, who were all different (with different lives, personalities and goals, etc.) and I absolutely loved that about it. Oh and I also loved Daisy’s friend Simone although we don’t see her as much!
From the beginning, we know how it’s going to turn out: they will rise to fame, and then break up. No one knows why. The journey to this was full of twists, and page after page, I was expecting to see the reason. But the intrigue was really well done and I had to wait til the end! Kudos to the author for keeping the suspense until the end! The intrigue was really well built, and the book was very well written in my opinion.
Sometimes books are hyped for a very good reason, and I’m pretty sure that is the case with Daisy Jones & The Six. I also heard that the audiobook was really good, and I’m sure it is as it would fit perfectly with the interview format! Anyway, if you have escaped reading it so far, what are you waiting for?
Bonus: This book is full of great and amazing quotes, here’s one of my favourites!
“You can justify anything. If you’re narcissistic enough to believe that the universe conspires for and against you—which we all are, deep down—then you can convince yourself you’re getting signs about anything and everything.”
Have you read Daisy Jones & The Six? Is it on your TBR? Let me know!