Daisy Jones and the Six are a fictional seventies rock band that Taylor Jenkins Reid has created a back story for through the medium of interviews. The book follows the band’s various members’ recollections of their time being famous, which highlights how people can remember events differently.
Initially, Daisy Jones appears to be a spoilt, ungrateful person who blames her parents for her downfall, despite having everything handed to her on a plate. However, as the story progresses, we learn more about her and her troubled relationships with her parents and various men who want her to be their muse rather than an individual. This character development is fleshed out and causes the reader to have mixed feelings about her, especially as she often behaves in a morally grey manner.
The Six are an incredibly successful rock band even before Daisy’s arrival on the scene, but once she comes on board, they excel to stardom. There is something about the mixture of these artists that simply works and they end up releasing hit songs one after another. However, not all is perfect in this world, as tensions run high between Billy, the original singer, and Daisy. Will they be tempted to let themselves succumb to their desires and vices, or will they try to strive for something better?
The characters in this book felt tangible from the beginning – it felt as though I was reading another musical memoir. This shows how adept Taylor Jenkins Reid is at writing a solid, realistic character and bringing them to life on the page. From the arrogant but lovable Billy and Daisy, to the calm, strong-willed Camila, to the sulky and jealous Eddie, each character feels different and real.
A few people have said the interview format felt confusing, and I felt the same way at first. It took a while to be able to differentiate between characters and figure out who was who. However, once I got to grips with the cast, I began to enjoy it, as it is a fun, refreshing reading experience. If I were to re-read this one in the future, I would listen to the audio book, because the style lends itself to this format, and many other readers have recommend this way of consuming the story.
The twist towards the end gives the book a more personal touch, although I feel it was somewhat unnecessary, as we would still have gained the information without it. Furthermore, it felt unrealistic for this person to be interviewing the band, and it took me out of the story slightly. That being said, I thought the ending was fantastic – it was a testament to the endurance of love.
Something that did niggle me about the book was the lyrics section at the end, because all of the songs have lyrics that rhyme. Literally all of them, and it bugged me a great deal, because it just didn’t feel realistic. However, I’m very much aware this may be a me problem and not a book problem.
I would thoroughly recommend reading this one, especially if you are a music fan. You could take other people’s advice and listen to the full cast of characters on audio book or read it in print form. Either way, I think you’re in for an immersive reading experience. I’m excited to read more from this author in the future, and have already added The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to my TBR list.
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