Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.
Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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 the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
Daisy Jones & The Six is something of a book blog darling, and it’s a book I’ve been meaning to get to ever since I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo despite my complete lack of interest in books set in the 1970s. There’s a copy in my parents’ house – I actually bought this book for my dad after hearing Taylor Jenkins Reid talking about how Fleetwood Mac were an inspiration for this novel because my dad is a fan of theirs – but I decided to borrow the audiobook from the library and I’m so glad I decided to consume the story this way. The audiobook has a full cast of terrific narrators, and I don’t know if I would have been compelled to keep going back to the story if I’d read a physical copy.
There’s a lot about this book I liked. Daisy’s insistence that she doesn’t exist to be someone else’s muse but to be a songwriter in her own right is wonderful, and I really enjoyed all of the women in the novel. Daisy and Karen, of The Six, disagree about how women in their industry should dress, but there’s never any girl hate and the two of them ultimately agree to disagree which was refreshing in a story that could have made them enemies so easily. I really appreciate that Taylor Jenkins Reid didn’t go down that route.
Overall, though, this book was just fine for me, and I was hoping I’d love it a lot more. I get why a lot of people do love it, but I think how much you enjoy this novel will entirely depend on how you feel about the chemistry between Daisy and Billy Dunne, the frontman of The Six. I found Daisy and Billy’s professional relationship so compelling – I loved listening to the scenes where the two of them wrote together – but I didn’t buy the romance between the two of them at all. There simply wasn’t enough in the novel for me to believe it, and I don’t think it helped that my favourite character in the book was Billy’s wife, Camila, who I think is an absolute queen. I adore Camila. I loved her friendship with Karen and I even found her relationship with Daisy so interesting, and, despite everything he puts her through, I loved her relationship with Billy. Billy and Camila’s relationship made Billy and Daisy’s relationship feel rather juvenile to me, and I don’t think that was the intention.
I also have to admit that I found the reveal of the interviewer in this novel to be a bit too similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so right now I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’m not about to discover that all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s celebrity novels follow the same basic formula. I’m not sure the reveal entirely worked for this story either; I got the feeling that Reid didn’t really know how to end the story, which ultimately made the ending itself rather rushed and, for me, a little underwhelming.
So overall I didn’t dislike Daisy Jones & The Six and I would highly recommend the audiobook because it is a brilliant listen, but I don’t think the story itself is anything particularly ground-breaking and I’m not sure how much of it I’ll remember in a year’s time.