Title : Daisy Jones and the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Date Published : March 5, 2019
Format : Audiobook
Duration : 9 hours 4 minutes
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. (Goodreads)
My rating 4/5 stars
Daisy Jones and the Six was such a well made, well structured book. The story was full of life and the characters were full of vigor. Listening to this as an audiobook was such a unique way to experience the story. It was honestly one of the best books I’ve read in awhile, so why not 5 stars? I’ll get into that later.
Starting with the plot of the story itself— it was lively and exciting to listen to. I really loved the 70’s setting of the story and I felt like I was listening to the accounts of a real band. I also admire the set up Taylor Jenkins Reid used for this story by having the characters talk about what happened in interview form. When it comes to writing you’re always told ‘show, don’t tell’, but this book was all tell and no show— and it worked. Not a single aspect of the story was lost with this format. The descriptions and things the characters were explaining felt so natural like it was real dialogue.
That brings me to my love of the characters. They were all so layered and complex and felt so real because of their voices and insecurities. Having a full cast to voice the characters really helped the story come to life and the voice actors fit the characters perfectly. Especially Daisy. Her gravelly, deep voice stood out among the other characters just as her personality did. You could truly hear in her voice all that she’d been through. Daisy was such a cool character and because of how well crafted she was, I began to fall in love and look up to her the way everyone in the story did. I also loved the reveal that Julia was the one conducting the interview. It made look back and admire the story and format of it even more.
Now, I haven’t said a negative thing about this book, not saying that it’s without flaws, but there was nothing big enough to make me remove a full star. So you’re probably wondering, why 5 stars? It’s because of the hype. The hype surrounding this book is insane. My expectations were through the roof because of it. I was expecting to cry, to laugh, to be absolutely blown away by this book— and I wasn’t. The good thing about hype if that it lets me know about good books out there, but the bad thing is it gets my expectations all out of wack. If I hadn’t heard so much hype and praise about this book, it could’ve been a 5 star read. But I do hope to buy this book physically and give it another shot to see if my rating changes and of course, because the cover is absolutely stunning.
Overall, this book was well crafted and unique, but I always wonder if my rating would’ve been higher if I hadn’t heard any of the praise about it…