A huge thank you to Random House Publishing- Ballantine and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: drugs, sex, rock and roll lifestyle, eating disorders.
Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
I started to hear buzz about Daisy Jones and The Six, so I knew I just had to request it through NetGalley. When I received the approval notification, I couldn’t wait to get started on it- though, I made myself wait until after the new year to begin it. By the end of the first chapter, I knew I was going to LOVE this book.
Billy and Graham Dunne started up the band known as The Six, composed of fellow musicians Karen, Eddie, Warren, and Pete. The Dunne brothers were extremely close growing up, especially after their father left them for drugs, alcohol, and different women. Determined to not be like him, but still holding onto the musical talent their father passed on, the boys sought out the chance to be the best band in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Daisy Jones grew up with everything a socialite could want: plenty of money, no supervision, and bombshell beauty. However, the only thing Daisy every wanted was to be accepted for just being herself. At the young age of fourteen, she was sneaking into nightclubs, dating the most sought after celebrities, and deep into drugs. After making friends with a singer named Simone, she was encouraged to explore her natural vocal talent, and she began chasing the dream of writing and performing her own music.
Both Daisy and The Six gain a record deal with Runner Records and earn breakout success. But when Daisy gets an opportunity to sing on a duet with the band, the song makes bigger waves than either of Daisy’s or The Six’s original records. After a performance shows the magic of Billy and Daisy’s powerful chemistry on stage, each side has to admit that the best way to superstardom is together. But, what will it do to the band’s dynamic when seven creative minds must meld together?
I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. I love Jenkins Reid’s writing style in the interview format, I loved her characters and their development as the story went on, I loved the music element that had me wishing the band was real so I could listen to their songs… I could go on and on…
The tension between the band and the romantic partners was palpable. The humor was so FREAKING well timed (I highlighted so many good one-liners from Warren and Pete…). I adored the sweet romances, the successes in Billy’s rehab, and the inspiration behind all the songs. I wanted to be best friends with Karen and Camila. I wanted to check Billy’s ego. I wanted to live in Topanga Canyon in a decrepit old house and party with the band. I WANT IT ALL TO BE REAL.
Upon the conclusion of reading this book, I learned that there will be a show series made of the novel, and you bet your bottom I will be watching when it finally comes out- though until then, I’ll get my fix with Almost Famous, which really matches the vibes of this novel. I will also be buying myself a copy to put with my music-book collection, right next to my fave Rolling Stones Interviews compilation book. I’m going full on fan, and hope that you will all take my recommendation and get yourselves a copy too. IT’S PERFECTION.
Expected Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Random House Publishing- Ballantine Books
TL/DR: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is fictional novel set in interview format about a band called The Six and a performer named Daisy Jones, who, when working together, celebrated much success despite the creative (and other) differences of the band-mates.
Read it? YES!!!
Recommend it? YESSSSS!!! It’s seriously one of my top reads EVER.
Buy it? YESSSS because it’s a gorgeous cover and EXCELLENT read!
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