Back in the 70’s everyone wanted to be somebody – preferably while being high on pills and low on love. Daisy Jones, your average rich kid, wants to break out of her suffocating frame and find her own stage. She plays around with the idea of making music but keeps getting into trouble. Meanwhile, the rock band The Six is making their way to the top. With Daisy’s it-quality and the band’s edgy sound, it seems like a match made in heaven. However, broken hearts and drugs don’t make you sing about angels.
I can’t believe my critical self but here’s another 10/10 read. It takes a lot for a book to get top marks from me – there’s often small things keeping it from climbing that pedestal. Maybe there’s too much repetition or the story is lacking due to emphasis on the characters. Or the other way around. Not this time though, because Daisy Jones & The Six has it all!
The characters are amazingly simple on the outside and complex on the inside. Some are torn between love and the stage and others can’t ditch the drugs. There are characters, who can’t handle the fame and characters who thrives in it. Overall, it’s such an interesting take on the road to fame. It’s really interesting to see, how none of our heroes deal with the spotlight in the same way but still need each other.
The story is full of rock’n’roll atmosphere and a constant air of “oh no, what’s coming next”. Honestly, I like reading about broken people. I don’t mean that in a 2007 emo-pop song way with poems and self pity but real, broken characters. It’s just so much more interesting than people with their life all pretty and puzzle perfect. Daisy and the rest of the crew are definitely broken people. And I can’t get enough of them!
The writing is typical TJR – simple yet full of impact. She nails the biography/interview style and makes everyone involved come alive – to the point where you’re not sure if these people are real or fictional. I’m at a point now, where I just want to read ALL the TJR books. It’s happening, I promise!
Daisy Jones & The Six has gotten a lot of hype since its release. In my humble opinion, it’s all justified. There are some pretty hefty trigger warnings to keep in mind though such as drug abuse, mental health issues and explicit language. If you don’t mind the triggers, go ahead and start the book. It’s an amazingly wild ride.
Page count: 368
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5
If you want more Taylor Jenkins Reid, I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo back in April and absolutely loved it too. You can check out my review here.
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