Tuesday 28 March 2023

Book Review | Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | prettylittlewriter

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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 the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.’

I was looking forward to reading Daisy Jones as it’s had such incredible hype, not only from the book itself, but as the TV show has now been released on Amazon Prime (I've watched it and it's AMAZING!!)


I love the way it is written, in the format of an interview with every character from the novel (including some with minor roles); I thought this was an incredibly clever way of telling the story.

Daisy was a character that I loved, she had so much passion in so many ways, including in the music, which made her story that much more bittersweet. There were a couple of other very strong female characters within, including Karen the pianist, and Camila, Billy’s wife, who kept him in check when he started drowning in his addictions.

Billy was a character that I struggled to actually like, mainly due to his infidelity, but there were times when he surprised me; him taking care of his family, including Camila, was part of that.

The plot itself, young starry-eyed, beautiful woman joins a band and falls in love with a band member, was your typical music-related love story, however, it doesn’t end how you would expect. There’s a brilliant time jump at the very end, which explains the importance of Camila’s character, and how she really shaped the band and those within it, to make some hard-hitting decisions.

There were some parts of the novel that felt inconsequential, and even characters that could have been missed out (Eddie & Pete mainly), and I think because of the way the novel is written (interview transcript) it did take away from the emotions of the story, and felt a lot less personal. I think this is the main thing that was missing for me, it just felt very matter of fact, and I wasn’t particularly invested in the characters’ lives.

It did however, have the incredible rock ‘n’ roll feeling, and the things that the characters went through/were doing (think lots of drugs) was true for the 70’s era.

Overall, I would say it is a very good novel, with an interesting plot, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that has a passion for music and musical novels, it just had that little bit of personal character-reader relationship missing for me.

4/5 stars

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