Book Review > ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hello, my angels ~

God, it’s so good to be back.

I’m sorry my upload schedule has been /so/ sporadic for the past view months — life has been crazy and I’ve barely been keeping up.

But! I’m finally back and am working towards a semi-coherent schedule and when I know what it is, so will you.

I’m going to shut up now so we can get into the juicy portion of this post — the review ~


Page Number

355

Genre

Fiction > Historical Fiction

Summary

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & the Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . 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 ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she was 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.

Trigger Warnings?

Alcoholism, drug abuse/drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, sexual assault, rape, cheating, homophobia, biphobia, mentions of suicide, and emotional abuse

Thoughts While Reading

“I like that”
“I’m! Already! Sad!”
“Hell yeah”
“Damn”
“I’ve had a few of those”
“They’re so cute omg”
“Hell yeah”
“Bitch”
“I love this scene”
“Hell yeah, we are”
“Does he???”
“Wait what”
“Pls shut up”
“Shut up, Graham”
“I will beat you”
“Oh shit — author = *redacted*”

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.”

— Daisy Jones, page 16
Thoughts

Let’s start with the stuff that I liked!

I loved the setting. I loved reading scenes in which Daisy was at a concert or meeting the singers and the bands that I grew up listening to. I’m only 18, so there was no way I would have been around in the rock scene in the 60s and 70s so this book was almost like a way in which I could go to the concerts and experience the atmosphere associated with the bands that I listened to.

“It is what I have always loved about music. Not the sounds or the crowds or the good times as much as the words — the emotion, and the stories, the truth — that you can let flow right out of your mouth.”

Daisy Jones, page 119

I also really enjoyed the emphasis on music. Which I know sounds like a given with a book literally set in the rock music scene but hear me out. I loved that I could connect with how Daisy and Billy felt about music. I’m the kind of person who always has something playing around me. Now, my music taste ranges across a multitude of genres, but 70s-80s rock will always be my first love. And I love it for the reasons these characters talked about — so that was something I really connected to.

Now, for the things that I didn’t like/didn’t care about —

Virtually everything and everyone else.

Now, let me explain, starting with the main characters. I would lay my life on the line for Karen Karen and Camila Dunne, but everyone else? I range from either not caring about them to straight up not liking them — and that goes for Billy and Daisy, too.

I didn’t care about Billy and Daisy at all, separately or in whatever weird romance thing they were doing. I think they had a lot of good quotes and important moments together, but I think those would have been valued by me a whole heck of a lot more if the pair had just remained bandmates and friends. In this book, it seemed like there was this omnipresent idea that all of the main female characters had to have a romantic interest, whether or not it lasted, and that’s never been something I particularly enjoyed. But, I was okay to put this book at a 3.5/4 stars and move on — just because I loved the atmosphere and nostalgic effect it had on me that much.

“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

— Daisy Jones, page 164

The last page, that email, is where I have a problem. So, if you haven’t read the book and don’t know what email I’m referring to, stop reading now 😉

Before I get into this, I feel like I should issue a reminder that all of this is my own personal opinion. You don’t have to agree with me and I’m not trying to convince you that I’m right — I’m just writing about what I felt/feel about this book. SO ~

In my eyes, Billy and Daisy were toxic together. I think a friendship/partnership between the two would have the potential to be forged into something beautiful, but the pair as they were in that time were romantically toxic. To me, in that email, Camilla was insinuating that the pair would meet up and possibly become romantically involved since songwriting between the pair was virtually always about love or heartbreak.

Now, there is the total possibility that because Billy and Daisy had both matured and healed greatly since 1979, any relationship between the two would have been healthy and wonderful and maybe could have offered a sense of closure. But to me, it felt like a cop out and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

“Art doesn’t owe anything to anyone. Songs are about how it felt, not the facts. Self-expression is about what it feels to live, not whether you had the right to claim any emotion at any time.”

— Daisy Jones, page 213

Finally, my last problem. This book floats over a lot of heavy topics. I say floats over because, to me, these issues aren’t really touched on as much as I would have liked.

In my eyes, it’s more like we talk about these issues as they happen and not really the aftermath of them, which is something I personally look for in novels that deal with topics such as drug abuse, sexual assault, and so on.

So, I felt pretty unfulfilled in that area as well.

The two of you think you’re lost souls, but you’re what everybody is looking for.”

Camila Dunne, page 320

The Verdict

I wanted/was expecting something heavier out of this book about the true pros and cons of the whole sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll scene told through someone who was living in it, and that just isn’t this book. And that’s okay.

If you’re interested in a glimpse into this world, I would recommend this book but if you’re looking for something that really dives into it, I would caution you.


Links ~

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Bert’s Books | Chapters | Waterstones | Half Price Books | Indiebound


That is all for today, angels — it is so good to be back.

Until next time, don’t miss me too much 😉

– Ash

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