Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 5 stars
Taylor Jenkins Reid's last book, The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, was my favorite book of 2017 so I knew I needed to read this book as soon as its publication was announced. I sat down to read it at 9pm on a Saturday night and did not get up until I finished at about 2:30am on Sunday morning, This book, in a word, was intense. I could not get it out of my head; I certainly couldn't believe this wasn't a true story.
It's difficult to accurately describe the premise. Daisy Jones is a late 1960's Hollywood "It Girl". No parental supervision, plenty of money, and no real direction in life. She parties at all of the hot clubs and with the most notorious people. One day, she decides to try singing and her career skyrocketed. Eventually she is paired up with an up and coming band, The Six, and the proverbial sparks fly. Reid explores the highs and the lows of a band during the glory days of rock and roll. The novel is told from the perspective of each band member in interview style so it feels like you are reading a rock bio. While it takes a minute to get used to the format, it really captured the atmosphere needed to tell this particular story.
Daisy Jones & The Six are all of the things I love about a good historical fiction. It captures the essence of the time period, the characters are complex and well developed, and I am immediately transported into the world these characters live in. Daisy herself was beautiful, driven, and ultimately heart-breaking. If you are a fan of rock biographies, movies like Bohemian Rhapsody, or even just a classic rock fan, you are going to love this book.