Unique Storytelling: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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 the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

I have been in a book slump lately and I am glad that I read Daisy Jones & The Six because I feel like my slump is now over. I kinda skipped on this book during the peak of its hype but I’ve always had the intention of reading it when the hype dies down. The hype was well-deserved. This book gave me so much emotions that I couldn’t even contain.

The “interview” style of storytelling was kind of confusing at first but I got used to it. Once you got used to it, you’ll start to appreciate the beauty of this format. Everything felt more personal so you’ll feel closer to the characters.

Another strength of this book is the complexities of the characters. Everyone’s so well-rounded – there were layers and layers as compared to other one-dimensional book characters. My favorite character was Camila. She was such a formidable woman. I can see so much strength in her that I was rooting for her happiness the whole time. We’ve seen so many “broken” characters in so many books. Even with great character developments and great character building, we can’t deny that Billy and Daisy are generic characters. I can actually see the carefree cause she’s alone character Daisy as a John Green character. But Camila is just different and she deserved better.

That’s why I hate this book’s ending. This book is still a masterpiece in my eye but that ending is this book’s weakness. Billy’s choice of letting go of rock and roll and any possibility of being with Daisy Jones was emphasized before. But then the author just turns that around and gives us that possibility once more. And for what exactly? To appease the people who rooted for Daisy Jones? It felt a lot like the ending of How I Met Your Mother which I still can’t accept until now.

Overall, I’m glad that I’ve finally read this book. This book is highly recommended to everyone! It’s a book how true love conquers all temptations.



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