Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: Daisy Jones & the Six

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: March 5th 2020, Hutchinson

Status: Read January 2020

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My Thoughts:

Despite the praise heaped upon Daisy Jones & The Six by many, I really wasn’t all that interested in the premise. I picked it up to read over Christmas mainly because it was selected as the prompt for January’s Six Degrees of Separation meme, and it happened to be on my local library’s ‘highlight’ shelf when I was picking up other titles I’d reserved.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Daisy Jones & The Six is the story of the rise and fall of a FICTIONAL (I feel must stress the point because it seems to be an area of confusion for some) 1970’s era rock band.

Reid presents Daisy Jones & The Six as a manuscript written by an initially unidentified author compiled primarily from transcripts of interviews and conversations with current and former members of the band, as well as family, friends, and industry elite who surrounded them at the time. I sincerely doubted that this would be an effective means of telling a story, but I was wrong. It works brilliantly for this subject, giving the story an extraordinary sense of authenticity that pulled me right in.

The story begins by alternately chronicling the journey of The Six, fronted by Billy Dunne, from an unknown blues-rock group gigging throughout their hometown of Pittsburgh to a band with an album climbing up the charts, in their own words, and Daisy’s recollections of sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip as a teenager where she discovered sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, dreaming of becoming a singer/songwriter. Eventually Billy and Daisy are brought together by a savvy music producer, and Daisy Jones & The Six rocket up the charts.

Daisy and The Six is about more than just sex, drugs and rock n roll. The characterisation is superb, as each relates their unique perspective of their rise to fame. They tell us about their hopes and dreams, their resentments and jealousies, their triumphs and tragedies. Not everyone remembers things the same way, and there are secrets that these conversations reveal for the first time, including why, at the height of their fame, the band dissolved, and what happened after (I loved the ‘twist’).

Creative and compelling, I’m not at all surprised that Daisy Jones & The Six won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction (except I resent that the 1970’s is now considered historical). This was a hit for me.

*Incidentally, as I loved reading Daisy Jones and The Six, I also decided to give it a try as an audiobook. It’s not a format I’ve had success with but I figured this may be the book to convince me otherwise. Sadly that was not the case, though I did like the multi actor voicing, audiobooks are simply just not for me.

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 09:16:55

    I picked this up from my library the other day too to see what it was like. I haven’t started yet but I’m glad it’s living up to the hype.

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  2. M (the long hot spell)
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 10:35:24

    I’m really looking forward to trying Daisy Jones and the Six. It’s not that I’m particular into rock and roll or drugs (fiction, at least) but hey, if its done well… And reviews have made me think I will enjoy it.

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  3. curlygeek04
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 12:10:37

    I enjoyed this book. Although I didn’t think it broke any new ground in terms of story, I agree with you about really liking the characters and the format worked surprisingly well.

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  4. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 12:59:45

    I liked your review more than the actual novel! 😁

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  5. Kate W
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 13:21:27

    I also resent the fact that the seventies is considered historical! 😀

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  6. littlemissstar55
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 13:47:52

    I really need to pick this one up. Your review is really lovely!
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! 💜

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  7. thebookishlibra
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 13:49:03

    This was one of my favorite reads from last year so I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it too.

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  8. Marg
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 17:23:30

    I totally agree with you about the shock of having the 70s being historical!

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  9. Davida Chazan
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 20:37:03

    Okay, a book set in the 70s isn’t historical fiction – yet! When we reach 2030, it will be historical. But aside from that – you didn’t think this would be your thing but…!!! I can’t tell you how many people have thought that they weren’t going to like this book and then fell in love with it – exactly as I did.

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  10. Tina
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 00:13:16

    Wait…the 1970s is now a period for historical fiction?! I was bumming around Europe then…huh. I am officially old! Ha

    This is one that’s been promoted on Goodreads and from blogs but I hadn’t thought I’d be interested in the book. Probably won’t try it as I have soooo many books on my to-read list.

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  12. Athira
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 00:19:49

    This would be an interesting book to read just for the format and the literary devices used. It’s not been on my list but then I have actually been under the rock and didn’t hear about this one until recently. I’m still not sure but I am curious enough to sample a few pages to see how it goes.

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  13. The Cue Card
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 02:49:22

    Yeah I enjoyed the book … which I listened to an audiobook twice. It helps that I grew up in the ’70s and liked classic rock. The band felt very real to me … and that’s what is sort of fun about it. It reminded me of Fleetwood Mac. Here’s my review at https://www.thecuecard.com/books/daisy-jones-the-six-and-trust-exercise/

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  14. BookerTalk
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 03:46:47

    I’ve been in two minds about the book too. Although the period is one I know well, I’m not sure the topic has that much appeal. i suspect it will get chosen for the next book club read though since I’ve heard a few members talk about it. I might end up similarly surprised by the book

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  15. Lisa
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 05:55:02

    Ha ha, I resent 70s being considered historical as well! Oh, I am getting ancient… I loved Daisy Jones — so glad to read your thoughts!

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  16. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 14:51:27

    This has gotten a lot of good reviews on the blogs that I read, but I just can’t bring myself to read it. Not sure why.

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  17. Don Jimmy Reviews
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 20:12:13

    Really enjoyed this one!

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  18. Literary Elephant
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 11:19:44

    Great review! I wasn’t initially very interested in the premise either, but ended up really enjoying the book. So many people have said this one’s great on audio, but personally I really like reading unusual formats in a physical copy! I think audio is also just not for me. I’m glad you liked it in print!

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