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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Review

40597810Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: I’m late to the party with this one, but I’m so glad I finally read it.  This is one of my favorite books of the year so far and  I devoured it in less than 24 hours.  There are so many things to love about this book, but I think the format of it is my favorite part.  It reminded me of a VH1 Behind the Music documentary, and I loved the way that it created multiple unreliable narrators by showing different tellings of the same story.  It was both hilarious and added so much to the character development, all while leaving me wondering what is actually the truth.  I loved how all of the characters had real faults and weaknesses.  I also really liked how conflicted I was about Daisy herself.  I admired her in so many ways- her ability to just be herself, her confidence, her drive, her undeniable talent, but I also felt so much pity for her and hated some of her choices.  It was very effective to have her future self reliving and speaking of her past with perspective.  Her relationship with Billy was so complicated and beautiful.  I couldn’t help but root for them while at the same time wanting him to be faithful to his wife, Camila, who is a complete badass and is strong as hell.  All of the relationships in this book are amazingly nuanced and the dynamics of the band are so clear in the way they speak about each other and their experiences.  It’s what makes this book.  We as a culture are so fascinated with fame and the music business, and this book gives an entertaining and complex look into it and the darkness that can lie behind the lights.Copy of Untitled Design

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