Daisy Jones and the Six is the highly anticipated new release from Taylor Jenkins Reid on the heels of her best seller The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Daisy is a super fun read and will have you wishing there was a soundtrack to listen to
along side. Reese Witherspoon is adapting for tv so sounds like we might get just that! There’s a definite Fleetwood Mac vibe and reminded me a lot of Almost Famous which I LOVE.
Daisy Jones and the Six is a simple story at its core. Two brothers start a band as an excuse to drink beer and meet girls. They get a little famous, then add a female singer who provides a creative spark to the band but her relationship with the band’s frontman threatens to tear the band apart. Daisy covers all the cliches – petty in band squabbles, fights with record label executives, rehab, relapses, drugs, lots of drugs, sex, a pregnancy, groupies, trashing hotel rooms, in-band romance and as such feels very predictable and a little boring.
However! The entire novel is very character driven. I did like how the first half of the novel is Daisy and The Six as two seperate plot lines which then coverge as she joins the band. Reid covers how they grew up and became celebrities in their own right and the realisation that both were great apart but even better together.
The girls are defintely at the forefront and Reid defintely shows what it is like in a mans world. I liked the way she portrayed the contrast between Karen and Daisy in the band and the way gender played a huge role. Daisy is such a strong and stubborn character. She struggles to be taken seriously as a solo artist but has such a clear goal in life to write music which she knows she excels at. She is such a free spirit but I loved seeing her growth throughout the story.
So I’m sure there will be a lot of comparisons between Daisy and Evelyn as both revolve around a celebrity recounting heydays to an interviewer. Both Daisy and Evelyn are modern female heroines who struggle with loving someone they shouldn’t. While Evelyn was more of a romance – with that old cinematic feeling – Daisy is grittier with a group dynamic. Sex, drugs and rock n roll plays almost it’s own character in the story as it influences each member of the band and crew.
I loved the way the novel was set out as interviews. And the way the stories contradicted each other according to memories – it added a real element to the story. While the only downside was feeling a little detached from the characters and finding it hard to have an emotional connection with them. However super easy to read and flowed really well. And was definitely interesting to have everyone’s point of view – not just our main characters.
The music really came to life throughout the novel so it was easy to picture the recording studio and watching the band perform. I also especially loved the inclusion of lyrics to their songs at the back of the book. That was such an unexpected thing that really rounded off the story I think.
I’m sure Daisy will be a top read for 2019! And so while it didn’t blow my socks off it is a good novel and a perfect beach read. Daisy balances
ABOUT DAISY JONES AND THE SIX
Daisy Jones 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.