Review: Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

There are no spoilers in this review.

I usually talk about young adult books on the blog, please note therefore that Daisy Jones and the Six is an adult book and dealing with some complicated, harsh topics. Check out the trigger warnings at the end of this review before picking it up and take care. x

Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Reid Jenkins

Published on March 5th, by Double Day Canada.
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A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of a world-famous 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer–and the secret reasons behind their dramatic break up.

Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists. . . . But when she sings in a crowded, smoky club, you can hear a pin drop. All she wants is to write her own songs, but the record studio has its own ideas. It’s the early 1970s and free love and drugs are everywhere, and Daisy wants to experience it all.

Billy Dunne and his brother have a band called The Six that won’t be playing weddings for long. They are ambitious, hard-rocking, hard-partying. When they land a record deal, Billy’s girlfriend follows them to the west coast and life begins. But she finds out she’s pregnant on the eve of their first tour, and the pressure of fatherhood and incipient fame make Billy go a little crazy on the road.

Daisy and Billy’s paths cross when a manager realizes that the key to skyrocketing success is to put them together. But oil and water don’t even begin to describe how they mix. . . . And what happens next will become the stuff of legend.

Written in the style of an “as-told-to” rock autobiography, Daisy Jones & The Six is an unforgettable ride.

I ENJOYED…

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So, this review is just me screaming so I thought, better do that in bullet-points than in full-length paragraphs. Okay? Okay.

I adored Evelyn Hugo with all of my heart and, my expectations were quite high, getting into Daisy Jones and The Six. My expectations were met because this was just so good.

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

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at storytelling. In Daisy Jones, she tells the story of this 1970s rock band through interviews of almost every member of the band and yet she manages, just by making characters TALK, to give so much depth and life to all of them.
  • The thing is, with this format, you never know what’s right or wrong, either, what’s truth or lie. You read one line from one member of the band telling one thing, then one from another member telling another. It’s complex and strange and blurred and I loved it.
  • There are SO many quotable moments in this book, SO many strong sentences that stood out for me and made me want to punch my fist into the air and scream YES. Quotes scattered in this review are just a few of these masterpieces.

“I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?”

  • Even despite the format, Daisy Jones managed to take me right in the 70s, in the music business, in the messy tours, the drugs, the emotions, the creating, the writing lyrics and raw emotions of all the messy feelings these characters go through. It was intense and messy and you knew bad things were going to happen and you knew this is messy and yet you can’t look away. Can’t stop reading….
  • Somehow compelled by these characters, their lives and how you want them so badly to be okay. Daisy is flawed. Daisy is complex, Daisy doesn’t take any shit from anyone, Daisy made me angry, Daisy made me just argh. I loved her.

“Passion is…it’s fire. And fire is great, man. But we’re made of water. Water is how we keep living. Water is what we need to survive.”

  • There are so many other characters taking the narrative, as well, yet all of them felt interesting and with their own motives and throughts on this part of their lives as a band. All of these characters had their own voices and stood out in the crowd…
  • Especially the women, all badass incredible women, all different, flawed, amazing. Loved them all.

“Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people.”

  • Ambition, addictions, frustrations and unspoken feelings are scattered into the story, coming in their relationships, friendships and more and this was so, SO GOOD to read.

“You can’t control another person. It doesn’t matter how much you love them. You can’t love someone back to health and you can’t hate someone back to health and no matter how right you are about something, it doesn’t mean they will change their mind.”

OVERALL

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Did I love this as much as Evelyn Hugo? Maybe not. Maybe. It’s different, really, but you find Taylor Jenkins Reid’s stunning talent for writing, crafting compelling and incredibly flawed, yet human characters, harsh themes like addiction and cheating and it’s complex and…  well if that sounds like your cup of tea, just get to this right away.

“All I will say is that you show up for your friends on their hardest days. And you hold their hand through the roughest parts. Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding.”

Final rating:  It’s a hurricane!

Trigger warnings: drug use, addiction, abortion, alcohol use, cheating, divorce, unplanned pregnancy, parental neglect, death, rehab, sex (not explicit).

Diversity: not specified.

Other book I’ve read and reviewed by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

 

 

 

 

Did you read Daisy Jones and the Six? Do you want to?

Do you have some recommendations for me of books dealing with celebrity/the music business? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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57 thoughts on “Review: Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. This review is so good ahhhh. This is a book that I’ve added to my TBR, removed from my TBR, and then added back time and time again. I’m just so on the fence about whether I’ll like it or not! This review was SO GOOD though. I’m so glad that you fell on the love side with this book because it’s quite polarizing from what I’ve seen! The muse quote is also so epic 😍

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    1. Oh I get that, I really hope that you’ll end up reading it, if you feel like it might be your thing. It’s quite different from what I usually read and the format is, too, but it was so compelling and these characters felt so real. i adore it ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤

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  2. OOOOOOO I am SO EXCITED that you loved this book, Marie and that you rated it as a hurricane!! I’ve been a little scared to pick it up recently since I adored EVELYN HUGO but also have heard some people say that they didn’t enjoy it as much due to the multiple perspectives and characters.

    Also, you are so so right about the quotable moments because I was shooketh by each one that you’ve included in your review, especially the first one that I’ve seen around the blogosphere/twittersphere lately. I’m still super excited too because you mentioned how she’s a great storyteller, and that’s something I definitely saw come to life in EVELYN HUGO so yeee excited for this one now too. Great review!!

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    1. Oh I get that. I feel like… I don’t love it less than Evelyn Hugo, I just find it so different, somehow? The multiple perspectives were, in my sense, well done and I really felt each character’s individuality and motive and I loved that so much 🙂
      These quotes are just SO good ahh I adore them all. ❤
      Thank you so much, Tiffany! I hope you'll love this book when you feel like reading it ❤

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  3. Really great review here. I loved this book — more so than Evelyn Hugo. There was just something so magical about it. I think part of my love for it is because I listened to it. I had to stop myself from Googling the band because it felt so real.

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  4. This is my favourite book I’ve read this year and I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it 🥰 I really felt like this book was written for me because it like catered to me so much 😂 I really loved and appreciated how messy and complicated all the characters were. The music stuff connected to me so much too and this made me appreciate and listen to 70s music and I’m super grateful I discovered a whole new part of music! Great review, Marie 💕

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  5. I am yet to pick this book up, but I will. I am still in awe with how Jenkins made me fall in love with a genre that I never pick up and can fully immerse myself in the way I did with Evelyn Hugo. This review has cemented that this is truly a book I need to visit.

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  6. Great review! I loved this book, it felt so real I actually had to double check that it wasn’t. I may have googled a few times 🤣. I really need to pick up the seven husbans of Evelyn hugo now, I’ve heard amazing things about that one as well.

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    1. Right?? it felt way too real, I felt like every character and song and everything was real. I loved it all the more for it 🙂
      I hope you’ll read Evelyn Hugo and will love it just as much 🙂
      Thank you!! ❤

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  7. Ahhh I really want to read this one! I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo earlier this year and enjoyed it so much. I need to read more of her books and this seems to be a popular one. I have also heard that the audiobook for it is especially amazing. Her writing is masterful, as you said. And I loved that you mentioned strong sentences as well! I so need to read it all the more.

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

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    1. Ahhh yes yes, I hope you’ll adore it! I haven’t read the audiobook, but heard that, with all the different voices,it’s brilliant. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it 😀

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  8. I really loved this book. I don’t think I liked it QUITE as much as Evelyn Hugo, but I thought the format (the VH1 style interview) was really unique. She did a really good job of getting all the realistic quirks of all the characters across – I can’t say I LIKED any of them, but they were all definitely real.

    I’ll 100% be reading everything she writes from now on.

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    1. I’m so happy you loved it! I agree, the author did such a great job in crafting all of these characters, they felt so real to me. I can’t wait to read more from her 😀
      Thank you, Hanna 🙂

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  9. I finished it last night!!!! Oh my god Marie, I was a total mess 😭 I LOVED it! ❤️ I listened to the audiobook and I think it’s my favorite audiobook ever (no big deal lol). Their story and personalities were amplified by the voices of the actors and their charisma. It really was special and amazing. It was like I was with them all the time. I miss them already!!! It was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book and I’m sure as hell I’ll jump on Evelyn Hugo as soon as possible 😂 (omg this comment is so messy…. sorry but I had to share it with you!!) 🥰

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    1. Ahhhhh please don’t apologize, I LOVE these kind of comments!! ❤ I'm so happy you loved it so much! I've heard incredible things about the audiobook, even if I never tried them out, I might have to try this one!
      I can't WAIT for you to read Evelyn Hugo, I hope you'll adore it as much as Daisy, please please keep me updated when you can read it! 😀

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      1. It’s the only audiobook that I’ll recommend to people who are not very into audiobooks. I’m not really an audiobook person, for example, I disliked The Priory of the orange tree audiobook. I had to stop it quickly. I’m still disapointed, the experience was unpleasant… and I don’t know when I would finish the book. That’s why choosing an audiobook is important, a book can be good but its audiobook not that good, even bad and alterate your perception of a good story. ANYWAY, DAISY JONES & THE SIX IS THE PERFECT AUDIOBOOK!
        If when I read Evelyn Hugo, I love it as much as Daisy Jones & the Six, I will write a post about it. Because it’s talent. it’s what I call powerfull book. Thank you for being such a nice and enthousiast person, I’ll keep you updated for sure ❤

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      2. That’s so good to know, I really want to give it a try as an audiobook now to experience it myself! 😀 I’m always a little scared to give audiobooks a try because of that, the narrators make the entire reading experience different and I’m scared I couldn’t enjoy it. But I’ll give Daisy Jones a try for certain 😀
        I can’t wait, I really hope you’ll adore Evelyn Hugo ❤ ❤

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  10. I still need to read both of the authors books but I’m glad you loved them. I’ve got to admit that I really love it when you get different versions of the same story and can’t tell which is the truth. It happens in a show I watch and its so good and makes you question everything you’re told. I’ll definitely have to read this soon.

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    1. Oh Taylor Jenkins Reid has written more books than Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo, though they’re their most famous ones. I’m looking forward to discovering all of her others 😀
      I hope you’ll get to read this one soon, Charlotte, it is such a great, great read 😀
      Thank you! ❤

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      1. Actually I think I saw someone mention people adding her backlist of books to their TBRs after I left that comment. I haven’t seen any others mentioned by name before though. I’m kind of curious so I’m going to look it up 😅 I hope you enjoy them all (:
        Thank you 😊

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      2. I feel like her earlier work is a little forgotten, since it’s not as hyped as Daisy Jones or Evelyn Hugo. Still, everything she writes sounds so good, I can’t wait to read more 🙂

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  11. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I’m happy you loved it too! I’m hesitant because of the it being in interview-format, but I guess after this raving review I should give it a try 🙂

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  12. SCREAMING. I love this review so much, Marie! I own the audiobook for this and as a Fleetwood fan this book in particular appeals to me because it just screams those vibes. I love that you don’t know what the truth is, storytelling that keeps you guessing like that is so impressive to me. I might have to give this one an immediate read since I am on a SFF palate cleanse!

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    1. AHH KAL thank you so much, I had so much fun writing this review, I’m so happy you enjoyed it ❤
      I hope you'll give this one a try and will love it just as much as I do, it's SO addictive and so good ❤

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