Review: Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

March 5, 2019 release date  (thank you Netgalley for approving me for this arc)

Hutchinson Publishing

5/5 Stars

 

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Plot Summary:

In 1979, Daisy Jones and The Six split up. Together, they had redefined the 70’s music scene, creating an iconic sound that rocked the world. Apart, they baffled a world that had hung on their every verse.

This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of the band’s rise to fame and their abrupt and infamous split. The following oral history is a compilation of interviews, emails, transcripts, and lyrics, all pertaining to the personal and professional lives of the members of the band The Six and singer Daisy Jones.

While I have aimed for a comprehensive and exhaustive approach, I must acknowledge that full and complete accounts from all parties involved has proved impossible. Some people were easier to track down than others, some were more willing to talk than others, and some, unfortunately, have passed on.

All of which is to say that while this is the first and only authorised account from all represented perspectives, it should be noted that, in matters both big and small, reasonable people disagree.

The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle.

 

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

 

My Thoughts:

Taylor Jenkins Reid completely blew my mind with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so when I finished it and shortly after got approved on Netgalley to read Daisy Jones and The Six, I was very excited to read something else by her, and also kind of nervous. I had my worries. Would this novel be anywhere near as good as the one I had just read? My impression of Taylor Jenkins Reid now, is that she probably sits at her kitchen table after she publishes a novel, and ponders on how the hell she can outdo herself.  Daisy Jones and the Six is freaking incredible.

My thoughts on it are honestly going to consist of a mixture of thoughts and quotes from the book. I don’t think I read a single page on my Kindle without highlighting something.

This is an historical fiction novel with of course, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s spark added to it. You are transported to the world of rock and roll in 1970s America. This is the story of Daisy Jones. This is the story of the rise and fall of a band. It’s the story of how complicated things can be behind the scenes when you have a group of people with the common interest of music, but who can grow to disagree about almost everything else.

Daisy grows up with parents who are there, but really don’t care about what she does. She turns to drugs and drinking and partying pretty early in her life.

“You know how every once in a while you’ll meet somebody who seems to be floating through life? Daisy sort of floated through the world, oblivious to way it really worked.”

At her core though, Daisy is a song writer, and she stays true and fights for her right to express herself through music and with her writing.

“Daisy high is fun and carefree and a good time. If she’s having fun, you’re having fun. But if you want to rip people’s hearts out of their chests, bring Daisy back down to earth and have her sing her own songs. There’s nothing like it.”

The Six was the popular band, all over the place, with these songs and lyrics that hit people in the core. Things happen in the story, and Daisy doesn’t really become part of the band, but the two do make an album together.

This entire story is told through interview format and I couldn’t imagine it being written any other way. I grew up loving shows like E-True Hollywood Story, and Where Are They Now and I’m still a big fan of interviews, so if that’s also your thing, this is will be an easy read for you. You move through it so quickly.

I loved the growth you saw with all the characters. With a band, you can’t expect things to always be perfect. You can’t expect band members to always get along, and I felt that was shown really well with this story. I really loved how well written Billy Dunne, the lead member of The Six was. Billy slipped there for a while and was super hooked on drugs and sex, while his soon to be wife, Camila, was pregnant with their daughter. He spends the rest of the story really trying to stay on the straight and narrow. You see the pressure he feels to continue to put out hits and the cost it comes at. He does some pretty crappy things to band members trying to keep the band in the spotlight.

Daisy was an amazing, complex character. Girls all over the world idolized her, and wanted to be her. She did her own thing and wasn’t going to change for anyone.

“I run hot and I always have. I am not going to sit around sweating my ass off just so men can feel more comfortable. It’s not my responsibility to not turn them on. It’s their responsibility to not be an asshole.”

You as the reader though, witness just how much of a hot mess she is. Daisy has a serious drug problem yet even Billy’s daughter Julia, wants to be Daisy Jones when she grows up. It really makes you reflect on idols and how you only see what they want you to see. You don’t know the behind the scenes, the mess and garbage they keep hidden or save for late nights to themselves.

It’s always refreshing to read about music and I really enjoyed reading the process behind creating songs that become loved by so many people.

“Rod told me to stop writing about stuff I didn’t know about. He said, “Don’t reinvent the wheel. Write about your girl.”

We as the reader get to tag along with Billy and Daisy as they create an album, then we see the band playing sold out shows all along knowing how there is so much tension amongst the group.

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There is a twist at the end of the story and you learn who is actually conducting the interviews, and I loved it. When it happened it took me by surprise because I hadn’t even been thinking of who that person was. What was even more of a surprise is as the empire is crumbling, and Daisy and Billy are in this funk where neither wants to admit that amongst all of this writing together they have grown feelings for each other, who comes through and sort of saves Daisy from it all.

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

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There is almost a hidden gem in the book, a character in the background who for a few of the main characters, is the glue that holds them together and I loved it. Reid has a way of making someone in the background, who isn’t seen too often, also such a vital character to the story.

Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, the moment it comes out!

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e-Arcs I need to be reading.

Hey Friends! I took the plunge recently and made an account with Netgalley. If you are interested in possibly getting approved to read and review books prior to their release, I highly recommend checking the site out.

I was probably a little crazy for on a whim clicking away at all the different titles that grabbed my attention, but I was excited to see that I was actually approved for most of what I requested. Now I need to make it a point to actually read them. Here are a few that are on the top of my list to get to this month.

The arc that I am actually reading and so far enjoying is, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. Currently, I am about 30% into this follow up to The Wedding Date .  This follows Nik, who in the beginning of the story gets proposed to by her actor boyfriend of a few months at a baseball game, on the overhead screen in front of the entire baseball stadium and millions of viewers at home. Nik has her reasons for turning him down, and does so in front of the world.  Obviously her boyfriend doesn’t take this too well and the day is saved by Carlos (who is the best friend of Drew from The Wedding Date) and his sister Angela. I slipped and read a few reviews that have already been posted about this book, and a few are pretty ehh, bad. I am reading an arc so I am not complaining about editing and writing yet, because hopefully things will be edited prior to the actual release, but that is one complaint I have seen. I think Guillory’s writing is a breath of fresh air though. It is fun and light hearted, and I think that is how she intends it to be.  The Proposal is set to release October 30,2018.

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The next arc I need to get to (sooner rather than later) is Intercepted by Alexa Martin which releases September 11,2018 and it sounds fantastic!

Summary:

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.

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After reading The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata I have been craving more sports romances, especially ones involving football which is honestly a sport I know nothing about. I love that Intercepted includes the world of the “sports wives,” I can’t wait to dive into this one and see the antics they put Marlee through!

The next title is The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston which had a few of the buzz words that instantly have me needing a book in my life: antiques, adventure, historic, and transported.

Summary:

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.

While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.

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I love time traveling stories and this one sounds like the perfect, curl up on the couch on a Saturday night with a warm drink kind of read. I am very excited for it. The Little Shop of Found Things is set to release October 2, 2018!

 

What about you Friends? Are you a netgalley user? What are some of the titles on your radar that you need to get to soon?

 

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