Rating: 5 / 5
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six is the absolutely bad ass and unique story of a fictional ’70s rock band’s rise to meteoric heights.
Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll! A fictitious oral history told through interviews with the band, this is the story of the literal and metaphorical highs of drug use and addiction, fame, family, hate, and unrequited love.
Daisy Jones, an independent and sexy singer, and Billy Dunne, the lead singer of The Six, are both huge personalities. The Six rises steadily to fame, while Daisy tries to find her place in the music industry. When The Six needs a female voice on a record, the obvious choice is Daisy. What ensues is a battle between two strong leaders with a serious love-hate relationship, and the musicians stuck in the middle.
Jenkins Reid tells a radically unique story about a band’s history of highs and lows and how they came to become one of the most epic rock bands of the century. From The Six’s humble beginnings, to the ultimate creation of Daisy Jones & The Six, there is no shortage of drama, drugs, or sex.
Please take caution when reading Daisy Jones & The Six if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Death / dying
- Drug / alcohol addiction
Daisy Jones & The Six has it all. Pure entertainment and fantastic writing and structure are intermingled with heavy doses of female empowerment, bad ass female leads, sexual tension, and everything else that makes this a perfectly binge-able book.
The story is told through interview quotes placed appropriately to tell one cohesive story. All of the band members and their friends and coworkers are speaking to an unknown interviewer. The timing of the dialogue is fantastic, providing insight into each character through both their own perspectives and the perspectives of every other person that was involved. It’s crazy unique and crazy smart.
The female characters are the backbone of this novel and provide such richness to the story. At its core, Daisy Jones & The Six is about women fighting for well-deserved power. But they never crush each other in the process. They love and support each other, even when they’re at odds. This is a prefect representation of women supporting women.
Yes, the story has more to it than sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, but sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll surround everything the band does. The story is so fun and witty and edgy. It is, first and foremost, a fun story, and you’ll notice some rich and valuable depth throughout.
I could go on and on, but you should just read Daisy Jones & The Six and see for yourself. It reads as casual non-fiction – in fact, you’ll forget this band isn’t real at times, and you’ll wish they were real. I highly recommend this unique, thorough, and enjoyable novel.
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