BOOK REVIEW: TAYLOR JENKINS-REID – DAISY JONES & THE SIX

This is the book of the moment, a cultural sensation and everyone is talking about it. It’s, of course, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid.

Daisy Jones & The Six has had a lot of buzz around it for a good few months now. In the US with Reese Witherspoon reading it for her bookclub and also buying the rights of the book and adapting it into a series with Amazon. But it’s already a huge hit in the UK too. I kept seeing this book everywhere on my social media, so I kindly asked for a proof and it really is a great book and worth the hype. So, what’s it about exactly? Here’s the blurb:

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.

Nobody ever knew why. Until now.

They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.

The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed.

Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Sounds good, right!? If I’m being honest, I’m not a music person. I mean I like listening to it but I have not much idea of music history, sorry. I’m more of a book person (obviously) so thought it might take me a while to get into the book. Not. At. All. This book is great in the fact that it’s all oral history. Like a documentary with talking heads explaining what (they think) happened. I haven’t read much of this before (perhaps ever) and really loved the way the story was explored in this way. It felt so real, like so real that I had to keep checking it was actually a novel. It’s not real but if you love your music in the 70’s and Fleetwood Mac, I’m sure you’ll take something more from it. But when you read it, it feels so real and the characters are so well established and have their own voice, that you start rooting for them…

I haven’t read anything previously from Jenkins-Reid before this book but she is a wonderful writer. As I’ve said, the characters are so well written it feels as if you’re reading a biography of a real band. Daisy Jones is a wonderful creation. She bounces straight off the page. I think Jenkins-Reid has created an exciting and brilliant character in Daisy and makes me want to read more about her. What I loved about Jenkins-Reid and her writing in this book is the way she explored relationships. Of course, this being set around a band, there’s going to be lot’s of ways to explore different types of relationships but Jenkins-Reid is a master of the intimate moments and what’s-not-being-said moments between two people. And I found how great that was, with the oral history format of the book.

There is so much to love in this book. It really does feel like a ‘moment’ when reading it, it’s going to be people’s next obsession, just like Killing Eve or Brexit. There are some wonderful themes that Jenkins-Reid captures and explores in the book: being a woman in a band, family, telling our stories, expectations of people (especially women), the quiet moments between two people, addiction and obsession, and so much more. There are a brilliant cast of characters in this book, my favourite being Daisy (of course) but I also loved Simone and am rooting for a Simone sequel. But I also really enjoyed the exploration of Billy’s character and I think Jenkins-Reid wrote him in a brilliant and complicated way.

I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.

This is a book to fall in love with. To get lost in the music, to be a a member of Daisy Jones & The Six and see what happened in their rise of fame, and more. Jenkins-Reid also wrote the songs that the band sings that also feature at the back of the book. And what beautiful songs they are, I am desperate for an album… which is where I guess the Amazon TV series will come in handy! I am *so* excited to see this book come to life again. The last thirty (or so) pages are so beautiful and captivating, you get lost and it’s hard to come out again. This really is a great treasure of a book and a five-star read for me.

I had a proof copy (thank you so much to Laura from Hutchinson Books for my copy! And with a book voucher I got for my birthday, I got the final Waterstones edition that’s signed but also has black sprayed edges (gorgeous) and a purple ribbon. I can’t wait to read this gem over and over again, seriously – it’s that good.

Taylor Jenkins-Reid has also created a playlist with songs that inspired the book for her and music of the same era, that’s available on Spotify. It’s a cracking playlist. And, this video from Penguin, on YouTube, with Taylor Jenkins-Reid is a great insight into the book. You can watch it here.

I hope you all enjoy and fall in love with this book as much as I did. It really is special.

Have you read Daisy Jones & The Six yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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