Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have a LOT to say about this book and I’m super excited to discuss it!
So, this book has been on my tbr pretty much since it first came out because of all of the hype surrounding it, but I was worried that it wasn’t going to live up, so I pushed it off for a while. I finally bought the book when Amazon had it for half price and I read it almost immediately after buying it (which I almost never do unless it’s a new release).
Fortunately, this book did live up to the hype. I’ve had a few disappointing reads this month and this book blew away all of my expectations.
First, the structure of this book was just so incredibly immersive. It felt like I was with the band, like I was living through this with them. The “talking heads”-esqe structure was one of the most interesting ones I’ve read yet. It felt like I was watching a documentary, but it felt even closer than that. It added such a personal level to it and encompassed all of the information in this sort of toss back between the characters, where you were able to see the different perspectives on the same events, but not in a way that ever felt repetitive.
To pull off this structure, in which Reid takes you back to the beginning and walks you through the story of the band, but still in retrospect at the same time, must have been an incredible amount of outlining and planning. She must have known this story inside and out before even sitting down to write the book. I can’t even imagine the amount of work that went into it.
There wasn’t a single moment of this book where I was bored or disinterested. From page one, I was absolutely hooked. I felt immediately enthralled by the plot, by the characters. It was just an amazing experience.
I loved every single one of the characters; I felt so connected to all of them. Even Pete to a degree, though not as much as everyone else since he chose not to comment. Each of them was just so carefully developed and complex in a way that made it feel like you actually knew them personally as they were going through this. Their emotion was bleeding off the page as they addressed certain events and it was so brilliant.
I loved Daisy especially. I loved the layers to her character, the way that everyone seemed to see her a different way and the way that most of those things were true and all together they created Daisy. I loved how badass and how strong she is. I loved how real her struggles were and how deeply she felt things. She felt super well-developed and a deeply flawed character in the best ways.
The story felt like I was watching a rock and roll documentary of an iconic band I had never heard of and just discovered and I was on the edge of my seat almost the whole time. By the end, I felt as if there had never been a time I hadn’t known Daisy and the Six.
You know you’ve really accomplished something as a writer when your readers can feel as if they could actually hear the music written into the pages in addition to the collected lyrics of the album Aurora in the back of the book.
This book was really just something special and exceeded my expectations so if you haven’t read it, I really recommend checking it out. It was just such an amazing reading experience and once I got to the end and realized it was over, I started crying.
Also, I waited until after I finished the book to look at the casting so far for the TV series and I’m happy to report that so much of it feels spot on.
Please, please read this book.
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