Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Book Review


BLURB: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band's album Aurora came to define the rock 'n' roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group's split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . 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 'n' 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 (Goodreads).
It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.

Title: Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Historical, Adult
Goodreads rating: 4.21
Pages: 355
Publication: March 5th 2019 by Ballantine Books
Source: Google Play Books
Reading Format: E-book
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Review type: Non-spoilery

(Breathing in deeply) Okay. This book. This book. This freaking book. Made me so emotional I had a freaking huge eye bags after finishing this book. I even had footage of me just crying to this book because wow this book, just had me being mad and sad for the whole time I was reading this but I can't show anyone those because one: I was ugly in those footages with a red blotchy nose and red eyes and two: I had no hijab on. When I started reading this, I wasn't expecting a heavy read. I wasn't expecting anything from this book, except for a few hours of reading a good book. I know everyone has been saying nothing but good things about this book but wow. This book is something I never knew I needed. 
No matter who you choose to go down the road with, you're gonna get hurt. That's just the nature of caring about someone. No matter who you love, they will break your heart along the way.
I didn't expect this book to be written the way it did; so raw, honest and it felt so real. It sets in the '70s in the rock-and-roll ever-changing industry. It was written in the way that I couldn't believe everything that happened in this book wasn't real. I felt like I was there living in the '70s seeing the ups and downs of this band. I refuse to believe they're not real.

I will think about this book for the rest of my life and the characters will stay with me forever. The characters felt so real. Reading this made me feel like I was a fan of them, watching them peel of each layer that there was to their band. Since this story was told in a span of decades; before and during their fame, I witnessed these characters grow, I saw them at their best and their worst so it was hard to not be emotional about their story. I cared about all the characters, loved them and seeing each of them developed and grew more mature each year; nothing has felt like a roller-coaster ride more than this. I cried with the characters, felt scared for the characters as they entered situations that I knew will be complicated and I wanted them, rooting for them to be the best version of themselves. 

Daisy Jones was well, annoying. I know it was intentional that she was written to be unlikeable; she was self-destructive, arrogant, entitled and didn't bring anything good to The Six besides her musical talent. And yet, I rooted for her. I rooted for her to be better. I rooted for her music career like a dumb, blind fan because despite have been seeing her in her worst, I knew her best traits. She was one of the most powerful women in this book. She took no one's crap and if she thought she deserved something, she would get it. And that just one of the powerful women in this book. There was Camila Dunne, which was my favourite character. Her kindness and patience stunned me. When other books portray kindness in people to somehow be their weakness, Camila's kindness was her greatest power.
I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.
Billy was one of the characters I relentlessly rooted for. I saw him grew from just a boy having fun with his newfound fame to a man, strong in fighting his demons and fighting for his love for his family. Seeing as how he did everything because of his family and because of the chances Camila gave him was so beautiful. It was a true meaning of what family can do and how it can really change a person. Him trying to change for his family made me cry because I have a very soft spot for familial themes.
Passion is...it's fire. And fire is great, man. But we're made of water. Water is how we keep living. Water is what we need to survive. My family was my water. I picked water. I'll pick water every time.
AAAaa and the band itself. Wow, it had so much drama. I did expect because bands are bound to have dramas but even when I saw it coming, I still get super frustrated FOR the band. Because it is written in an interview format, every character had a say, opinion and view on everything and they didn't just talk about the issues from the band, they had their own problems. This gave more depth to the characters and the story itself but it frustrated me a lot to the point that I wanted to say "GET A GRIP" to literally everyone in that band.

I won't do this book its full justice but it was really good. I'm glad that it will be made into a TV show and I can't wait because I wanna see and listen to the music haha. The songwriting was so good, I literally went to YouTube to see if they were real songs after I finished the book (they aren't). Nonetheless, read this book, y'all. You'll love it.

You'll love this book if you're a fan of the '70s atmosphere, rock-and-roll, love reading a frustrating but raw and honest story about being in the spotlight, a story with characters that have huge characters development.

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