With the amount of hype there is for this book, I couldn’t wait to read it right away! As soon as I started the book, I couldn’t stop. It was addictive, the characters were great, I kept on wanting to turn the pages.
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . 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 ‘n’ 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.
I loved the characters! Daisy Jones was bold and daring and talented and broken, and Billy Dunne was almost the splitting image of Daisy. The secondary characters were full of personality- it was clear that they all had lives of their own; they were the main character of their own story. Everyone was unique and believable and likeable in their own way.
I liked the chemistry between all the members of the band. There were different dynamics going on, jealousy, love, hate, friendship, to name a few, and the relationship between the characters were always in flux, just like real life.
The story was all about music and the ups and downs of being a musician. Although I wouldn’t say that this was your typical fast-paced book, there was definitely character and relationship tension throughout the story, which kept me reading.
I ended up loving the unique format of the book! There were quite a few characters in the book and a lot of perspectives to delve into, and the book handled this by presenting the perspectives of ALL the characters. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, and certainly the format of the book wasn’t what I’d seen before. It read more like a documentary than a novel, and yet… it worked.
I listened to about 1/3 of the book in audiobook format, and the rest 2/3 in ebook format. The audiobook was overall well-done, featuring a full cast.
Call me gullible, but…… when I first started reading the book, I thought that this was actually a real story and that Daisy Jones & The Six actually existed as a band! I even went on Spotify and tried to find their music (of course, couldn’t find anything LOL)… The writing was so real and believable that it had me fooled. I thought the author actually interviewed different members of a band and spliced everything together!
It was a fun story packed with drama, definitely very addictive to read, but…. it wasn’t world-shattering for me. Given how much hype there was for the book, I think I expected a bit more?
I thought many aspects of the book was like Evelyn Hugo. I liked this book but of the two, I liked Evelyn Hugo more.
Daisy Jones & The Six was an addictive read for anyone who enjoys great characters and even better character chemistry. If you enjoyed Evelyn Hugo, you’ll like this one too!
Have you read Daisy Jones & The Six? Are there any hyped books on your TBR?
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