I did not read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but I did give in to the hype and purchase it almost a year after it was published. I will read it, eventually, but TJR’s newest book was well on my radar. Daisy Jones & the Six is unlike any book I’ve read.
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their 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.
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 think what I enjoyed most about this book is the simple fact that it’s not laid out like any book I’ve ever read before. It’s written as an ongoing interview – there aren’t questions asked, per se, it’s just different members of the band (and those close to the band) telling the story of how the Six rose to fame. The band members tell the reader everything – nothing is held back and that’s what I loved about this.
It’s a pure, unfiltered and beautifully executed story.
I hate calling the people in this book characters because they felt so real to me that they seem like people I could bump into on the street. Unlike when reading fantasy, I could see myself talking to this group of characters simply because of how alive they seemed. Quite literally, I could envision every character – they jumped off the pages and wove themselves into my mind and I can’t get them out of my head. This, in itself, truly speaks on TJR’s ability to craft a story. I love when authors take the time to really carefully craft their characters.
I know this is a historical fiction book, yet my mind refuses to grasp that this didn’t actually happen. It’s incredible.
Look, the book is so good Amazon announced the miniseries in July of 2018. Having read and adored this book, I know I’ll be watching! I’m not generally a huge fan of historical fiction – it’s my least reached for genre – but this book really changed my mind. I want to read more books like this one. Maybe the topic interested me (the rise and fall of a rock band) or maybe it’s just TJR’s style of writing that captivated me. Either way, I’m looking forward to adding more of this author to my endless TBR.
What do you think of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing? Which of her books is your favorite? If you did read Daisy Jones & the Six let me know who your favorite character was!
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