Title: Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical Fiction
Narrators: full cast
Length: 9 hours
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: March 4, 2019
Recommended for fans of: 70s rock
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.
This book was made for audio. The full cast performance is PHENOMENAL. There’s a reason this book is suggested so often when people ask for audiobook recommendations!
Once again, Taylor Jenkins Reid writes such a compelling narrative that I want to read/watch real documentaries about the era and subject matter, this time classic rock bands from the 70s. This book will make you want to turn up some Fleetwood Mac.
This was a slow burning story full of tension. Each character was fully realized, and I loved the juxtaposition of the different POVs. The interview-style writing led to some humorous moments when different character had different recollections about the same events, and heartbreaking moments when multiple sides of the same story revealed miscommunications that could’ve changed everything for the band.
I thought the big twist at the end could’ve been more impactful. It just didn’t hit right for me. But I absolutely love TJR’s storytelling, and I think she is a masterful writer.