DAISY JONES AND THE SIX
Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Doubleday Canada, March 5th, 2019
My star rating – 5 stars!
Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists. . . . But when she sings in a crowded, smoky club, you can hear a pin drop. All she wants is to write her own songs, but the record studio has its own ideas. It’s the early 1970s and free love and drugs are everywhere, and Daisy wants to experience it all.
Billy Dunne and his brother have a band called The Six that won’t be playing weddings for long. They are ambitious, hard-rocking, hard-partying. When they land a record deal, Billy’s girlfriend follows them to the west coast and life begins. But she finds out she’s pregnant on the eve of their first tour, and the pressure of fatherhood and incipient fame make Billy go a little crazy on the road.
Daisy and Billy’s paths cross when a manager realizes that the key to skyrocketing success is to put them together. But oil and water don’t even begin to describe how they mix. . . . And what happens next will become the stuff of legend. Find it on Goodreads
Have you ever read a book and felt like the author wrote it just for you? Well, that’s me right now and, let me tell you, the feeling is wonderful! See, here’s the thing: i’ve always been known as the hippie flower child. My favourite articles of clothing are the wild flower patters that look like they belong on a pillowcase from the 60’s or 70’s. Even my parents admit that I’m an old soul who was definitely born in the wrong decade. My favourite artists are Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and so many more. Like I said – I’m a total hippie. And this book was perfection!
First of all, I want to mention the format because it was so unique and interesting! It’s told in the way of a fictional autobiography. On each page we get only narrative by the people in the story talking about a certain topic. There are many perspectives but it’s really easy to keep it all straight. As this is a story about people and the events in their lives, it was a really effective way to get the story from every angle. We feel every one’s emotions and see the different perspectives from the players in this story. Those who were directly involved or watching from the sidelines. So rarely do we get a complete view of events! If the story is told from only one perspective, we learn everything about it from only their point of view. But with so many perspectives, we’re allowed to step outside the bubble and see it as a whole. I normally wouldn’t be into this type of format, but it worked SO WELL!!
In fact, it worked SO well that I had to remind myself constantly that this wasn’t real! it was so easy to see these people as real. The characters were so raw, powerful, emotional, and dimensional. It was a really spectacular look at how not only people view you, but how you view yourself. We would see a first hand perspective on the situation and then there would be others weighing in at the same time. You understood how everyone felt and the situations felt larger than life because of this.
It’s not the most action packed book. It was consistently paced, but there aren’t really big plot twists or anything. It’s all laid out in the beginning that we have Daisy Jones, and the band The Six. They came together, and then they broke up. This is a character driven book about love, addiction, friendships, drive and determination, and a look at what’s really important in life. If you love character driven stories, this is one of the best!
Until next time, happy reading!