Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Amazon Prime picked up Daisy Jones & The Six. Here's a review of the book it's based on.
Set in the late 60s and 70s LA rock n’ roll, Daisy Jones & the six is another spectacular testament to Taylor Jenkins Reid's storytelling ability. She has taken biographies and interviews and made them her thing. The story is edgy and raw. When the book is nothing but a compilation of interviews and still manages to move you through the story without losing the pace and reader's interest, you have got to admit it's something special.
In an interview with The Guardian, TJR said "I’m fascinated by the people we make famous, and I’m drawn to the difference between what something looks like on the outside versus what it was like to live. So I wanted to write about the conflict between characters who have this amazing ability to create things together, but personal relationships that are much more fraught".
It's the overall theme of the book. We see the members of The Six rising to fame and Daisy Jones' life colliding with theirs and creating nothing short of a supernova of chaos and thrilling music.
My feelings towards the book could be summed up in this quote by Daisy Jones: "There's just as much to hate about you as there is to like about you".
I was never once bored throughout the book, I loved the setting of it. Even though I was reading celebrity gossip it felt like I watched an amazing documentary.
PLOT & WRITING: 3/5
I love TJR's writing style but I didn't enjoy the plot of the novel as much as I did in her other books. It felt as if a big climax would come at the end but even the mystery surrounding the build-up wasn't that gripping.
Some characters were complex and fun to read whereas some didn't stand out so much.
There was a cast of diverse characters including band members, close family, managers, concierges, journalists, and a lot of others.
Even though Daisy Jones was one heck of a character, I have to say Camila Dunne, Billy Dunne's (lead singer, the six) stole the show.
She's stubborn, knows what she wants and isn't afraid to ask for it. If she has a problem, she'll say it point-blank. Over that, she's the best friend everyone needs in their lives.
“I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise, it's not faith, right?”
“Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people.”
“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”
“If she knew how often I was thinking about her, she wouldn't feel lonely.”
“Confidence is being okay being bad, not being okay being good.”
“It scared me that the only thing between this moment of calm and the biggest tragedy of my life was me choosing not to do it.”
An article on the web states that "Amazon Studios reached out to creatively collaborate with Witherspoon's team, greenlighting a 13-episode limited series for its streaming platform. Deadline also reported veteran writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber were tapped to head the making of the adaptation." The release date hasn't been announced yet, but it will be updated soon.
SONGS THAT REMIND ME OF THE BOOK
TJR mentioned that "My book has a Fleetwood Mac vibe but it’s not their story. I just wanted to spend more time listening to Rumours". She has also added lyrics of songs from the band's (Daisy Jones & The Six) record hit album aurora, the fictional equivalent of rumors by Fleetwood Mac at the end of the book. Here's a playlist of songs that share the same vibe.