14 Aug 2019

#Review: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

DAISY JONES & THE SIX

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 9, 2019
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Summary:
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.
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I had heard such good things about Taylor Jenkins Reid and her novel, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, so when this was on sale on Audible, I figured I would check it out. It was sorta pitched to me as fictional Fleetwood Mac and I LOVE Fleetwood Mac, so I thought I would give this a go. And honestly, I am a little disappointed.

First, I will say that I would definitely recommend listening to this as an audiobook because it is an oral history (although fictious) and it made the story that much better in my opinion. I am really glad that this will be adapted into television because I wanted more than anything to hear the songs so we will get that opportunity with the television show.

But this just made me hate the characters. None of them were sympathetic or deserved anyone to care about them. And, yeah, people can be shitty, but these people were even worse. I didn't care about any of them and mostly just felt bad for Daisy until she made dumb decision after dumb decision. I also absolutely HATED the ending.

This had some really great moments but it also didn't quite move me the way I wanted to. I thought that it was good, but not great, and definitely didn't make me want to pick up Taylor's other novel. I wish it had been a little different, but that's just the way it goes sometimes.

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

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