Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5/5 stars

I would recommend this book if you have any interest in reading about a fictional biography of a seventies rock band that contains drama and hope and heartbreak and is just an all-around great story with realistic characters and emotions.

The chemistry and tension between Daisy and Billy was nearly palpable. Each of the characters was so dynamic as well. The detail put into the lives of the band members was so extensive that it feels like Daisy Jones & The Six was a real rock band, and oh how I wish they were.

I loved that Billy was really trying to put forth the effort to be a good husband and father, but he also had the controlling and nonchalant side in the studio that made the whole band dislike him at times.

Daisy Jones was something else herself, always getting caught up in the drugs and the alcohol and the late nights, and back to the drugs. I wonder how realistic of a portrayal her life was to the lives of some real rock stars in the 1970s.

My favorite character was Karen. I really liked her voice actor on the audiobook, and her being the keyboardist, I could relate because I play the piano myself.

The real star of the book is Camila though. I love how headstrong Camila is and that she didn’t let Billy’s decisions ruin her life but saw him for who he could be and helped him become that person again. She was so supportive and loving and stuck it out through the rough times, and I loved that about her, just her willingness to never give up on Billy despite everything that got in their way.

I don’t know much about the music industry or what it’s like to record an album or anything like that, so it was nice to get a taste of that in this book. There were references to musical terms that I didn’t know but it made the story sound that much more genuine, and it’s worth noting that not knowing everything mentioned didn’t detract from the narrative in any way. I loved the inside look into the music scene in the seventies.

I listened to the audiobook while reading along with the book so I didn’t get confused about who was speaking, and I would definitely recommend this method for consuming the book. Because the entire story is told as a documentary transcript, it was basically made to be listened to as an audiobook, and the full cast narration definitely helped in that regard.

I am so so excited to see this book become a tv show. I want to see the band’s whole career play out on screen. I want to see Daisy’s fashion. I want to hear the songs and watch the band record them. I honestly would be fine just watching people read this whole book like a bland documentary because I just want to see something. I especially want to hear all ten of the songs from Aurora and see its infamous album cover. I really hope the show does the book justice; I can’t wait.

I loved this book, but it’s no surprise because I expected that I would. I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so much that I knew I had to check out Reid’s newest book, Daisy Jones & The Six. I love her writing style, and now I want to read every book that Taylor Jenkins Reid has written. Her writing has such a way of captivating you and drawing you into the story and connecting you with the characters, who feel so genuine and real, and the whole experience is wonderful. She’s an excellent author.
“You have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?” 

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