KV Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you read and liked Beach Read or are a fan of general fiction and 70’s rock band culture, you’ll enjoy this book!

Kara Vallari Book Review:

I’m pretty torn on my opinion about Daisy Jones & The Six. On the one hand, I thought the interview style writing by Jenkins Reid is original and refreshing. I think she did a brilliant job telling a compelling story from multiple perspectives in a way that really brings the narrative to life.

On the other hand, and on a more personal note, that whole rock band scene from the 70’s really isn’t my thing. At the risk of sounding downright prude – music, drugs, alcohol and adultery just don’t interest me. Combine all of that to be the headlining plot themes and conflicts and, well, you’ve lost me.

Objectively, I can appreciate the talented storytelling and writing by Jenkins Reid. The book gives me serious Almost Famous vibes and who doesn’t love that movie? I found it to be entertaining and emotional and felt a deep understanding of the main characters. I’d say it’s worth a read if you’re looking for a unique, fun and easy read.

Book Synopsis (from Amazon):

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 ’n’ 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.

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