Daisy Jones and the Six
Book Review - Daisy Jones and the Six
It is no secret that I am a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid. The first novel I read by her was Maybe in Another Life followed by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a Book of the Month Club selection back in 2017. Daisy Jones and the Six was another BOTM club selection (I say this often, but I’m rarely disappointed with my BOTM choices! Even if you aren’t a member, it is worth paying attention to their suggestions.) It was also a A Reese's Book Club + Hello Sunshine pick. I still haven’t had the opportunity to interview Taylor Jenkins Reid, maybe I should make that a goal for her next book? I actually ended up listening to this as an audiobook - I mention this primarily because I was really impressed with the performances of all the narrators. There was a huge cast of characters and a different narrator for each, including January LaVoy and Julia Whelan (both of whom I’ve featured on this blog!)
Even though it clearly states that this book is a novel on the cover, the author’s note at the beginning totally threw me off and I began Googling (and asking friends) if this was based on a true story. It isn’t. But I think that is a sign of a great author, who can write something so realistically that I’m doubting my own understanding of what this book is. It is written as a interview of the former members of a popular band, Daisy Jones and the Six. It tells the story of how they met and the arc of their career. Some shocking revelations are made along the way that makes me think Taylor Jenkins Reid had a LOT of fun writing this book. I certainly had a lot of fun reading it.
I really loved reading this book. When you read as many books as I do, you begin to appreciate something that is unique and just different from all the rest. The blurring of the lines between author and story character was brilliant. (Is this the author’s note or the “author’s” note?) At first I was uncertain about reading an entire book written like an interview, but it worked from page one. I was drawn into the story just as if it was written like a novel. The book grapples with some tough themes, emotional highs and lows. But it was also entertaining and…cool...for a lack of better word.