Book Review: Daisy Jones and The​ Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

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TITLE: Daisy Jones & The Six

AUTHOR: Taylor Jenkins Reid

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019

GENRE: Adult, Historical Fiction, Fiction

 

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 and 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.

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my-review

I wanted to read this as soon as I heard about it. I was one of the ones who was taken in by all the hype of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I absolutely adored it and it became one of my favorite books ever. Unfortunately for me, Daisy Jones did not live up to that same level. 

I should have known right away that Daisy Jones would be all about drugs and rock ‘n’ roll seeing as that’s how it was marketed, and that it was set in the 70s, mostly in Los Angeles. But I had hoped that there would be a little bit more to it than that. Unfortunately, there really isn’t. 

The book starts out with us learning about a young (I’m talking like 14)  Daisy Jones running around LA doing drugs and having sex without her parent’s knowledge or care. 

After learning a little bit about Daisy’s young life, we learn more about the Six. Now I did really like learning about how the Six come together. 

After this point, I really have no more interest in the book until the end. It was just all drugs and sex and just things that don’t matter to me at all. We saw some relationships form and we saw some relationships break. Mostly I just didn’t feel invested in any of that at all. I don’t know if this had to do with the fact that I listen to an audiobook or not, but it was just really hard for me to connect with any of them. Now I really did like the character of Karen, though she seemed to barely have anything to do with the book until near the end, and even then it was not much. 

Camilla is a character that I felt was a motherfucking angel and doesn’t get enough love from the reviews I’ve read. I know the life she led was the life she chose and that she could’ve left at any time, but it doesn’t make me despise Billy any less for it. I won’t go into details so I won’t spoil anything. 

I will say this, I absolutely cannot stand the characters of Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne. I think they were supposed to be characters like Evelyn where you can love and hate them both at the same time, but the love never came for me. Daisy just seems spoiled, and Billy just seemed like your everyday asshole who believes that the world should cater to him. Is this being harsh? You can let me know in the comments.

I’ve heard people talk about the ending and the ‘twist’, but it really wasn’t that much of a surprise for me. I didn’t necessarily see it coming, but it didn’t knock my socks off.. 

Unfortunately, this is not a book that I can recommend. I will continue to check out Taylor Jenkins Reid books and hope that the others are as good as Evelyn and not as poor as Daisy Jones and the Six.

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My rating:

2

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Daisy Jones and The​ Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

  1. This is a book I’ve been torn over. Some people love it and some people hate it. I love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo with my whole being that I’m scared to pick up Daisy Jones and The Six in case I don’t like it. They hype for this is so high and idk if people are only loving it because of how much they loved TSHOEH. Great review 🙂

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    • I ALWAYS suggest giving books a chance. What’s not my cup of tea may be a book you love! And if you don’t like it you don’t have to finish it! Or if you do, like I did, then you cut your losses and go on. It’s really no big deal.

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  2. Oh THANK YOU for sharing an honest review! I haven’t read this book, something about it just… I got the vibe that it wasn’t going to be *for me*, you know? And yet every single review rolls in and it’s all 100% wonderful, 10/10, etc etc. You’ve made me feel much better about my choice to give it a miss! Thank you!

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