Book review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m not a muse
I am the somebody
End of fucking story

Daisy Jones is a girl growing up in the LA during the late sixties. She’s beautiful and she knows it. More than that, she possesses an amazing singing voice and a drive for fame. After her record catapults her into the public eye, she is paired with the up-and-coming band called The Six. Their single soon becomes a massive hit, and, despite the tension between Daisy and the band’s lead, Billy Dunne, Daisy is officially brought into the fold to work on the next album. What happens next is history.

Told in interview format, Daisy Jones and the Six follows the rise and fall of the band. From Daisy and Billy’s early lives, to the fateful night that led to the startling break up of the band, this book tells it all: good and bad. Both Daisy and Billy have their demons and addictions and struggles, but both deal with them in different ways. Both are passionate about one thing: music. Their drive and spark leads them to create songs that are raw, deep, and true.

I loved this book. I loved the characters. Being told in what basically amounts to dialogue, each character had their own voice and distinct POV. I was afraid I’d lose who each character was because of the format, but there was never a question about who was speaking, even when my eye glossed over the name. It was amazing.

I also really liked the women in this book. They were all so distinct from each other: wild child Daisy, steady and strong Camila, focused Simone, and driven, down to earth Karen. They all had their own motivations, dreams, and goals. What was amazing was, even when they should have hated each other and been in competition, they weren’t. They were supportive and concerned and only wanted what was best for one another. That’s so rare to find, especially in a tell-all about a rock band. Taylor Jenkins Reid took the reader’s expectations and turned it on its head. I loved that.

This book was hard to put down. There were so many beautiful lines or moments in the book where I felt seen as a person, and I’m not even a musician. Reid really gets what it is to not only be creative, but to be human. And that’s what this novel is about: being human. It’s a beautiful book and a beautiful story about living your life and being true to yourself. Whatever that ultimately looks like.

5 thoughts on “Book review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. I’m really excited to get to this book. I have it on hold as an audiobook from Overdrive and seeing how much everyone loves it has me really excited to get to it the second I’m at the top of the list, haha. Awesome review!

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