This book and therefore review contains te following trigger warnings: alcohol and drug abuse, addiction, sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy, emotional abuse.
At the start of 2019 I went browsing to the “books released this year” section on Goodreads and I saw this book by Taylor Jenkins Reid popping up. I absolutely love The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, so I immediately added Daisy Jones & The Six to my TBR. But was Daisy able to top Evelyn?
Published by Ballantine Books on March 5, 2019
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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their 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.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band 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 that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
As I absolutely loved The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, my expectations for Daisy Jones & The Six were sky high. I had a feeling that I wanted to listen to the audiobook instead of grabbing a Kindle copy and man I was right. This book has a full cast audiobook and this fits the concept since the story is a full length interview.
We get to know Daisy Jones in the first chapter and Billy soon afterwards. We learn how The Six started out and how their story intertwined with Daisy’s. The majority of the book is really about The Six and they are talking most of the time. However, we get to know Daisy better as the story continues. This is all through interviews, which is an unique format that takes some time to get used to. However, this makes it hard to get sucked into the book.
If you are easily triggered by alcohol and/or drug abuse and/or addiction, it might be better to avoid this book at all costs then since a lot of drugs and alcohol is used and abused. Therefore this book is unsuitable as well for younger readers. However, I wonder whether there was such as much drug use as this book describes. Furthermore, I just couldn’t get into the story of Daisy Jones and The Six as well as I could with The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo. Moreove, I really didn’t like the narrator for Daisy’s parts, it just didn’t fit? I think Camila and Daisy should have been swapped as Daisy was playing a significant part in this book. When the narrator for a main character is not really pleasant, it could ruin your whole reading experience. It did not ruin mine, but it annoyed me though.
Overall, I liked Daisy Jones And The Six. However, I couldn’t get into the story as well as I could with The Seven Husbands Of evelyn Hugo. Maybe this is the interview style – which is an unique format -, but maybe it’s just the whole book. I had to get used to the interview style at first, but whenever I was used to it I could read fine. For me, Daisy Jones And The Six was likeable, but not that mind-blowing.