Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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WARNING: Some mild spoilers in this review. Read at your own risk!

Daisy Jones and the Six is the third book I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it did not disappoint! I lived vicariously through each character and their rock’n’roll lifestyle!

“I wanted someone to single me out as someone special. I was just so desperate to hold someone’s interest.”

Daisy Jones

The Synopsis:

“A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.

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.”

Read This If You Love…

  • Rockstars and celebrities
  • The 60s and 70s
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Morally flawed characters

My Review

“Don’t count yourself out this early, Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”

Camila Dunne to Daisy Jones

One of the first things that stood out to me was how this book is written. The reader is essentially reading a transcript of interviews of band members. It took some getting used to for me but I still felt that the story flowed well, and wasn’t lacking at all in character development. I still felt like I was living vicariously through each character, especially Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, as they reveal why The Six split up.

As always, TJR created a gripping story with flawed and real characters who deal with the rock’n’roll lifestyle of sex, drugs, alcohol, and bad decisions.

The reader can’t help but ask, “WTF?!” about Daisy Jones and why the heck she doesn’t get help for her drug addiction but at the same time, TJR does a hell of a job demonstrating the reality of addiction as well as sobriety (in Billy Dunne’s case).

I felt that the ending, while powerful, was anticlimactic. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t a “stay away from my man” type of thing.

This book made me think a lot about how life is so… LIFE. We overcome obstacles, we make mistakes, and we often have to make very difficult decisions that will hurt but in reality it is what’s best. 

As always, Taylor Jenkins Reid tells an amazing story within her world of rockstars, music producers, singers, and actresses. Her stories never fail to leave her readers starstruck and with an idea of what Hollywood life is really like.

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