Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was my favorite book of 2018. So when I saw that Taylor Jenkins Reid had a new book coming out, I was hyped. When NetGalley approved me for an eARC I almost passed out.
Okay. This book was insane. I loved it. I did not want to put it down and I could not stop thinking about it. The characters are messy, flawed, and feel so real. I don’t know how Taylor Jenkins Reid makes her characters seems like they are real people. If you told me that Daisy Jones & the members of The Six were real, I would believe you. I already want to reread this book. I want to comb through TJR’s words. I want to annotate their song lyrics and highlight all my favorite quotes. A big part of me is sad Aurora is not a real album. TJR does have a Spotify playlist that you can listen to check it out HERE.
Daisy Jones & The Six were an insanely famous rock band in the 70’s, but at the time of the book they are older. They all remember things differently, which I thought was so authentic and made things a little mysterious. If you have ever talked to a group of older people you know they can be messy storytellers and they all remember the past differently. While reading the novel, we are not entirely sure what is the truth and what memories have been lost to the ages. We follow Daisy and the band from their beginnings, how they came together, and how they fell apart. The characters have had years to reflect on their actions and are not as angry as I imagine they were when the actions in the novel took place.
I did not realize going into this that it was told in a transcript form and an unnamed narrator is telling us the story. The format took a little getting used to, but I think it was the perfect way to tell this story.
WHAT I LOVED:
- The beginning hooks you
- How they all remember things differently
- There was not any unnecessary girl hate. It would have been so easy to pit all the girls against each other. They don’t all like one another, but they respect each other. We also see some great female friendships
- It’s so feminist and shows women being happy in different lives. Moms, a woman who doesn’t want kids, musicians, and an IT girl
- How the bands song lyrics are included at the end
- There are so many epic quotes (most of the ones I highlighted have curse words so for the sake of keeping this review PG I won’t list those) But, here is one of my favorites:
- “Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people”
- KAREN! She might be my favorite of all the characters. It would have been so easy for her to hate Daisy or for her to give up on what she wanted, simply because society told her to
WHAT I DID NOT LOVE:
- I did not love that addiction played such a huge role in the story. I get it, but it is not my favorite thing to read about. It did play for an interesting dynamic between two of the characters which I did like.
- A few of the characters sort of blended in the background. It took me awhile to figure out all the bandmates and record people.
- That I can’t talk about more of this book in detail because of spoilers.
There is so much more I could (and want) to say about this book, but it would be very spoilerly. Once I reread it, please DM me on instagram so we can chat.
*Thanks so much to NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
Goodreads Link: Daisy Jones & The Six