Book Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”

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Daisy Jones and the Six is the story of a famous 70s band (fictional, alas), their rise to fame, and their dramatic split. It’s also the story of eccentric soloist Daisy Jones and the way her arrival disrupts the delicate relationships in The Six. It is so, so much better than I make it sound there.

This is a book that I saw being hyped everywhere and was recommended by a lot of people who usually like the same books I do. My choice to pick it up was cemented by a random man in the bookshop telling me I didn’t want to pick that up because he hadn’t heard good things.There is nothing that will guarantee me doing a thing quite like a random man telling me I don’t want to do it. Random man: you have incorrect opinions because this book was marvellous.

I loved this book so much more than I expected to. There is something utterly gripping about it and it is one that I really struggled to put down. The writing style is unusual: it is told in interview transcripts with Daisy and the members of The Six, plus Camilla, the wife of the band’s lead singer. They’re all wildly unreliable viewpoints, all with their different issues, focuses and emotions and I loved this. It made for a really rich and interesting story. There is also a killer twist at towards the end which shocked me to the core.

The relationships in the book are messy and the personal lives of the characters were far more interesting to me than the story of the band’s professional life, especially as we get further into the story and closer to the band splitting up. I loved the insight into life on tour as a band and how this impacted on their relationships outside of each other.

Whilst Billy and Daisy are very much the centre of this story, it was Camilla that I loved the most. I felt so many of the feelings with her story and her ending broke me. Billy has a lot of character development that is really interesting to read which made him a close second. I adored Daisy but she is an absolute hot mess, her life is too much of a disaster for me, but I love the drama that her presence causes.

Daisy Jones and the Six is worth every bit of the hype. It’s unusually written, but it hooked me straight in and I loved every moment. It’s so clever, and my only disappointment is that Daisy Jones and the Six don’t exist so I can’t go out and buy their album!

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  1. Oh, I’m so glad to hear you loved this. A friend recommended it to me and on the one hand I loved the idea of it but on the other I feared it really wasn’t my usual thing. You’ve swayed me.

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