Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, 4 Stars

There’s just something so epic about a good band story. How they formed, their journey through lots of drugs and alcohol (because there is always lots of drugs and alcohol), and of course, how they broke up. It almost seems like a missed chance to be a band who has never broken up. I mean, where’s the drama in that?

Memorable band stories for me include Eddie and Cruisers–whatever happened to Eddie?!? I spent a couple years of my childhood really hoping they would find him. And of course, who could forget Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous? Patrick Fugit made the most adorable tag along and Penny was so cool. And, I mean, Russell Hammond a.k.a. Billy Crupup. Total legend.

When I heard about Daisy Jones & The Six, I had to check it out. Not only did it sound like a great ride, but it’s been getting some amazing reviews.

From the Publisher:

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 Review:

I knew going into it that Daisy Jones & The Six was going to be amazing and I was going to love it. And then, it kind of took me a little while to get into the book. I think that Taylor Jenkins Reid really created something unique in the “oral history” format she took on, constantly switching between band members’ memories of a particular story. But it made it hard for me to settle in.

Once I got going, about fifty pages in or so, I was able to look past the constant shifting point-of-view and start to enjoy the story. Just as expected, it’s 100% rock and roll. There are love triangles and secrets being kept from other members of the band, drug problems, alcohol problems, cheating spouses. And the cherry on top is a band that plays great music.

Daisy Jones and The Six’s head man, Billy Dunne, definitely have chemistry. Think Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at the Academy Awards. That kind of chemistry. Only thing is, he is married to the love of his life. So same kind of awkwardness as Gaga and Cooper.

Overall, it’s a great read. And I recommend it to anyone who loves a good, dramatic story of a band at the height of rock and roll. It’s also quite unique as books go and Reid’s writing and method of telling the story was very refreshing. It was like reading an episode of “Behind the Music.” Anyone else miss that show?

I’m really hoping since this one is a Reese’s club pick, that that means she will be making a movie out of it! This is one is available now, get your copy!

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