Bold or Brilliant or both? | ARC Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Bold or Brilliant or both? | ARC Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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SYNOPSIS

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.

Nobody ever knew why. Until now.


They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music.
And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Should You read Daisy Jones & the Six ?

CW: lots of drug usage

We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more clasically beautiful than Daisy Jones.

I think the title of this review post is pretty fitting after all I just finished Daisy Jones and after googling, I found out that there is no “Daisy Jones & the Six”. The band isn’t real. Well, that’s alright, I guess? Let me tell you my thoughts on Daisy Jones and you can decide if you want to read it or not.

No, I didn’t pick up Daisy Jones because of the hype and it was way too much hype…the similarity of the hype of the book mirrorred the hype of the fictitious band in the book. I was gifted a copy by PRH and was happy to read because I adored Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

The entire book is written in dialogue. There is an author who is the interviewer and the “band”, their loved ones, photographers, journalists, their managers, etc were the interviwees. At first, it was kind of off-putting but slowly I got sucked in because I wanted to know what is so god-damn special about this book. As the story progressed, I realized I hated every single character.

Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself

The story starts with the Daisy- who is a gorgeous, rich white girl-and everyone’s like Daisy’s so cool because goes without shoes(Me: umm..what?) and wear tops without bras, is thin like celery( such a bad comparison, my bad), and takes any drugs that she can get her hands on. Her parents are ignorant of her so she goes out and does whatever the heck she wants. By now, Daisy has had bad first-time sex and her boyfriend steals her song lyrics which later becomes a hit. Daisy is pissed, and says that this is how it was back then. A woman is conidered as an inspiration not the heroine of the story.

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

Disclaimer: I'd love to see this quote printed on a T-shirt. 

Next, we see the rise of The Six. The Six was a separate band before Daisy Jones and it was started by the Dunne brothers- Billy and Graham. Then, came on the other bandmates namely Warren, Karen, Eddie and Pete. Billy is the lead singer and basically the – narcissistic- face of the band. Their band goes on to performing and goes on many tours but their real fame starts with Daisy Jones. With Daisy jones, the Six start to embody the world of rock and roll. Their songs are chart-toppers but there’s also complications like drugs, more drugs, having sex with people you DEFINITELY shouldn’t…There’s also this amazing show of feminism. It was the 70’s and the women in Daisy Jones were the examples of feminists. I won’t spoil much but there’s two women who had every reason to hate each other, ended up talking peacefully which ultimately ended up to both of their salvations.

“I am not going to sit around sweating my ass off just so men can feel more comfortable. It’s not my responsibility to not turn them on. It’s their responsibility to not be an asshole.” 

Well, I can’t really say any more for fear of spoiling you. Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote a Bold and Beautiful book, not a book that’ll have me joining the hype train and shouting ..but it was good. Will I re-read it ? No, I am done reading it. The ending was exactly what I wanted.

Overall, I recommend this book if you’re a Taylor Jenkins Reid fan and love to read stories about the rise and fall of a band written like an interviews . Many of you won’t like it and may of you will. Daisy Jones & the Six would definitely make a good movie or a mini-series.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT:

Author: Connect with Author Taylor Jenkins Reid here.

  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Publication Date: 7th March , 2019
  • Paperback: 368 Pages
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Have you read Daisy Jones & the Six? Will you read it? Have you read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previous books? Did you like them ? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!