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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – book review

Tay was the first introduce me to TJR, by way of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – a book that awoke my previously unrealized love of historical fiction and tore me away from my exclusively previous allegiance to mysteries/thrillers/suspense. Seriously, the story that TJR wove was so incredible that I couldn’t accept the fact that Evelyn Hugo wasn’t a real person – I’m still currently sifting through Old Hollywood because I still think she exists. So when I heard she had a new book coming out? Sign. Me. UP.

Synopsis

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their 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.

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.

My thoughts

This is such a weird review for me because, well, I’m a fraud. The girl that adamantly believes that the hard copy is superior opted for the audio. I started reading the physical ARC and just couldn’t connect. It was such a unique concept -it was basically an interview of those closest to Daisy Jones & The Six. But it made it hard for me to focus on the written words – maybe it was my short attention span. The audio book, however, was SO up my alley, and I’m beyond thankful that I took the chance and purchased (read: impulse purchased) it. I’m a huge fan of listening to podcasts while I walk my fur baby (Rams loves it because it prolongs his walk LOL), and this audio book actually sounded like a true historical podcast! Different people narrated the characters, so I legit felt like I was listening to a VH1 Behind the Music Special (am I showing my age? Are ‘VH1 Behind the Music Special’s still a thing? Whatever, that’s what it felt like.) Truly, TJR weaves such a complex, addictive story that even though I didn’t connect with the physical copy I felt the need to go purchase another version because I completely had faith in her capabilities.

Just like I’m still googling “Is Evelyn Hugo a real person?” I’m not entirely certain that this book was a work of fiction. The amount of detail floored me. TJR reaches a whole new level when it comes to developing an alternate reality. I’m so looking forward to the anticipated adaptation because I NEED these characters to be real. My advice? If you’re like me and just not into the hard copy, GET THE AUDIO. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Xx,


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