Daisy Jones & The Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
70’s era drugs, sex and rock & roll by the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo… yeah, this was a a little high on my most anticipated reads list this year. Even the subject matter appeals to me so it hurts to admit…
It fell a little flat.
And if I were to pin it on one thing I’d go with the interview style format of multiple people telling the story to an unknown interviewer. It made it feel somewhat removed from the moment and lacking emotion. It’s people looking back on an interesting time in their lives but not really living it.
But first the stuff that worked…
Like I said I loved the subject matter. There’s also a lot of song writing in here and anything involving writing is like a hot beard on an otherwise average guy. Definite power-up.
Bonus points for the songs from the bands most popular album being included in the back.
I also appreciated how the drugs were handled in Daisy Jones. In we concentrate on Billy (the lead singers) getting clean for his family and trying to stay that way more than we see his using. Also Daisy is a huge user but (and I truly don’t mean this like it sounds because we do have moments of her falling apart) she’s a bit of a child of her times. She uses everything under the sun and then one day it’s like, “I’d like to get clean now.”
One of the characters also has an abortion and I thought that was well handled. Even if I did want to smack the boyfriend pretty sure you were supposed to want to smack him.
I did like Daisy. I think she’s a great, lively fun character and I couldn’t connect with anyone else in the band so yeah, thank God she was there. I was having a lot of Almost Famous flashbacks reading this.
And while I think a regular format would have brought the book to life even more there were a lot of things that reminded me of Evelyn Hugo’s story already; celebrity, creativity, self-destruction and love stories that I think would have been even more pronounced if the story was told the same.
Also this has nothing to do with the book but my copy has that Reese Witherspoon Book Club sticker on it- it’s not even a sticker. It’s actually part of the cover (plus its not even a pretty logo) and I didn’t realize that when I ordered it and it PISSES ME OFF every time I look at the book! I have issues with that particular club anyway and when did she become Oprah? Leave that crap off the books please!
Recommend: Yes. Despite my issues with it. Daisy Jones is also a fast summer read! But if you’re going into this “Oh my God, I loved Evelyn Hugo it was so amazing! I can’t wait to see how much I love Daisy Jones!” You may want to check your expectations a bit.
11 thoughts on “Daisy Jones & the Expectations Game”
Great review! The way you describe it, it does sound a lot like Almost Famous (which I like). I haven’t read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid before and I have this on my TBR. Oh, and I don’t like those little stickers either!!! So annoying!! Especially since you can’t even peel them off!! Ugh! Why?!?!
I think i’m gonna go with the audio for this one 🙂 Don’t really read books in this subject / genre, but i saw this one mentioned so many times that i got curious 😀
I’ve heard good things about the audio book!
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I’m pissed off for you about the sticker.
Great review! I don’t like those “not even a sticker” sticker too!
Wrecks a perfectly lovely book cover! I’m not even a fan of the book award stickers but at least those are more understandable!
I still have Evelyn Hugo on my list (believe or not, it’s nowhere to be found in Europe; well, at least in Romania and UK, where I personally looked). But it’s good to know this book isn’t as best, so I will adjust my expectations (and also start with Evelyn Hugo, not this one). Thanks, great review!
Oh, that’s a bummer. If you want I can send you a copy? I have no idea how long shipping would take but just let me know!
and anything involving writing is like a hot beard on an otherwise average guy. – amen, sis.
Really looking forward to this one, Daisy seems pretty wild and I don’t think we get enough characters like her in books nowadays – unless I’m missing a trick.
I’ve noticed that there’s been a recent influx of Reese Witherspoon recs. I think it’s because we so rarely have an influential celeb who is an avid and consistent reader that a recommendation from her has become a hot selling point. She’s basically a PR machine for books!