Review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy Jones and The Six

Occasionally you come across a book that you can’t put down and just have to devour in one sitting. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of those.

Daisy Jones and The Six tells the story of Daisy, 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.

“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” 

Daisy Jones and The Six

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.

If you don’t know your music history, you’d be forgiven for thinking when you start to read the story of the bands rise to fame that they were a real band. They aren’t. The vibrant and engaging characters you grow to love throughout the book all fictional. Without a doubt inspired by real people ( we imagined a Fleetwood Mac style band while reading) from the music scene in the sixties, but they all come from Jenkins very vivid imagination.

How the story is told is unique, in the form of an interview manuscript where the band and all those around them speak about the rise and fall. Jenkins talent for grabbing a reader and bringing them along for one whirlwind ride shines through with the narrative.

As you read you get drawn in, you feel what these characters feel. You laugh in parts, feel unbearably sad in others. Tissues are a must for the end. This novel has everything. A gripping plot to sink your teeth in to, characters you love, ones you dislike and ones you’d really like to shake some sense in to. You learn about the darker side of the music industry in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s eye-opening. Ultimately it’s a story of love, loss, forgiveness and the power of human relationships.

I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. 
I am not a muse. 
I am the somebody. 

Daisy Jones and The Six

If you love music from the ’60s and ’70s, Rock & Roll and books full of such raw and gritty emotion that you find your chest aching in sadness, or laughing out loud with amusement and crying so hard you can’t see what you are reading, then Daisy Jones and The Six is a book you must read. Also if listening to audiobooks is your thing then the audiobook for this takes the story to another level. It has us very excited for the 13 part series based on the novel that has been commissioned by Amazon and is being produced by the mega-talented Reese Witherspoon.

Daisy Jones and The Six is out to now, published by Hutchinson, you can buy it (in all formats) here.

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Written by Kelly McFarland

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