Title: Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 5 March 2019
Content Warnings: drug abuse, drug use, addiction, abortion, alcoholism, toxic relationship
An interesting novel about the rise of a iconic 1970s (imaginary) rock band and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. 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. By the time she’s twenty, she’s being noticed for her voice, and she has that kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
At the same time, a band called The Six is getting noticed, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. Billy and Daisy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together, but in the end it all kind of goes up in flames.
To start off with, the narrative of the book is such a great set up, as it’s being written in interview style for an upcoming book in their world. Spoiler alert: the readers find out at the end that the interviewer is one of the daughters of Billy and his wife, Camila, who is wanting to know more about this time period of her parents lives.
The characters were fully developed but at the same time, they were typical characters of the 1970s rock and roll type people. The one character that really stood out for me was Karen, I especially resonated with her stance on not having children as I’m of the same mindset! I absolutely loved that Reid had her stick with it even in the face of opposition, as many authors renege on their childfree characters. I personally don’t think any of the relationships in this book are healthy, not even Billy and Camila’s. I know people will disagree with me, but I still see it as toxic and staying out of nostalgia than actual love (again this is just my opinion).
The main plot of the book is figuring out why Daisy & The Six broke up, which oh my goodness I never saw coming. This is sarcasm; it’s totally apparent that they were going to break the way they did and everything that happened afterwards was pretty on par for what I thought would happen.
My verdict is that it’s an enjoyable weekend or summer type read.
Happy Reading Darlings!