Daisy Jones & The Six By Taylor Jenkins Reid: Book Review

Posted October 24, 2018 by Renee / 12 Comments

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication: March 5, 2019 by Ballantine Books
368 Pages
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From Publisher: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

My Thoughts:  I’ve got to admit, when I first started reading Daisy Jones & The Six,  the author’s note at the beginning is so completely realistic that I found myself heading to Google to figure out how I missed hearing about this band way back when. I kept reading though and realized, no this is just really good fiction writing! With that being said, I know I’m standing out from the 5 star Goodreads crowd on this one but I’ll share my thoughts on why I didn’t love this book overall, one of my MOST anticipated books of 2019.

I’ll start by saying I’ve loved several of TJR’s books that I’ve read this past year…The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoOne True Loves, and After I Do … so even though I knew this was about a rock band in the 70s with a tribute to rock music in general, neither of which I enjoy, I still believed I’d enjoy this because it’s TJR! Keep this in mind… if you enjoy rock music, classic rock bands and reading about the lifestyle from the 70s you may really love this book.

The story is structured in an interview style format (for the whole book) with many characters getting a chance to speak, including the band members and all those involved in their lives. This interview format lent itself to short snippets from the characters, repetitive behind the scenes music details, concert details, song details, an abundance of party scenes involving drugs and alcohol, etc.  I get it, drugs and alcohol, especially in rock bands, was big in the 70’s and 80s but I wanted more from this story and these characters if that makes sense. For me, this structure left me feeling disconnected from the story and characters because I didn’t feel immersed in the storyline. I should’ve connected with the main characters Daisy and Billy but I didn’t. I liked Camilla (Billy’s wife) but honestly couldn’t understand her motivations so I’d say my favorite character in the end was Simone, Daisy’s best friend. I love that TJR took a chance on a completely different format for telling this story and for a gazillion others it will work, just not for me unfortunately. I’m still a fan though and will be eagerly waiting for her next book!!

Thanks to Ballantine Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review 

12 responses to “Daisy Jones & The Six By Taylor Jenkins Reid: Book Review

  1. I’ve been on the fence about this one, but I think I’m out now. I’m not a music person at all and have never really been into the whole behind the scenes of the band thing. However, as you said, TJR. I do love the interview format, though…like the SNL and ESPN books! But, I think I’ll skip this one.

    • renee

      If you love the interview format this story might be one you end up liking despite the music focus. There’s many characters that it revolves around which gives it a faster pace as well. Then again, like me, I do think if you don’t have an interest in music you might be frustrated with the story

    • renee

      I know, I’m bummed too! I knew I might have an issue because I really don’t have an interest in music, especially classic rock. I think it was the format that really kept me from enjoying it more.

  2. Ever since The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo I’ve been dying to read more of her work… This one is high on my wishlist! I do like rock music, so I’ll be keeping fingers crossed the format won’t bother me too much. Fab review!

    • renee

      Thank you Deanna! I have a feeling since you said you like old school rock that this will definitely be the book for you. I hope you love it when you read it:)

  3. Aww, too bad this didn’t work for you! I know you really were looking forward to it! I think that I will love it since, well I’ve loved everything that TJR has written since book 1, and I love rock music and behind the music things (I used to be addicted to VH1s Behind the Music documentaries and enjoy rock bios), so I think this will really be a great read for me! I hope your next book is a 5 star! 🙂

    • renee

      I wish I would’ve loved it Stephanie and from what you said I bet you will! This happened to me with Maybe in Another Life, I couldn’t get into it but then I’ve loved the other books of hers I’ve read. I guess that happens sometimes. Can’t wait to hear what you think

  4. I wish you could have too, and it definitely sounds like I will! I’m trying to hold off until Christmas break until I can really have time to enjoy it. 🙂 It definitely does. I have loved so many of Sophie Kinsella’s books, for example, but then some have just been ugh, lol. I’ll keep you posted after I read it!

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