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I had about 120 pages left and kept thinking 'what's the big deal with this book'...I mean it was good, but nothing really special.....then it happened and I fell in love!! Cried like a baby too...lol. Really enjoyed, and I was hoping these people were real!
I have to admit that I was truly frustrated that this was about a fictional band. I really wanted to be able to listen to the album!
I found the book entertaining and really enjoyed it at first, but then as I got to thinking about it, I realized that the end was too neatly wrapped up. This band had a contract and they can just all walk away and there are no financial repercussions?? Did I miss that? And then Daisy's selfish nature just really turned me off to her character, ultimately.
What an interesting concept for a story! Throughout the entire read I kept thinking “man, I need to listen to their album”. And then I would be really disappointed when I remembered it wasn’t real. Great book!
I could not put this book down for it’s wild, sensitive, crazy, intimate look at an up-and-coming rock band in the 70s. Through a series of fictional interviews about the rise and fall of The Six, members of the band, their significant others, agents, producers and others share the exhilaration, excess and horrors of musical creativity and success with humor, honesty and pathos. Each character is human, flawed and glorious — but their combined voices create a mesmerizing novel about art, addiction, recovery, faith and faithlessness and hope.
I wanted to love this book. The story is interesting and memorable but the writing style really took away from the quality. I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters and too many characters were introduced all at once that I found it difficult to follow.
I have heard the audio book is fantastic, so I would recommend giving that a try as the biggest problem with this book in my opinion is the writing style.
I loved this book! I wanted it to be real and was sad when it came to an end. There was an urge as I was reading to Spotify the songs - that don't event exist! ;-) . Jenkins does an amazing job of developing the characters and the different levels of relationships that exist within the bands. Also recommended is the podcast with the author on Sound Cloud about the book and how it came to be. Great read!
This book is written as a series of interviews with the band members of Daisy Jones & The Six and other people associated with the band, such as producers and sound engineers. When you first pick it up you almost wonder if it's about a real band. I can tell that author Taylor Jenkins-Reid put a lot of effort into making the band feel authentic, even going as far as to include the lyrics to their hit album at the end of the book, which I thought was pretty cool. Unfortunately the narrative style didn't allow me to really connect with the characters. It was a lot of telling rather than showing. I think I would have preferred the interview segments to be used in conjunction with flashbacks to the book's events so we could experience them alongside the characters instead of just reading about them after the fact.
I was disappointed in my reaction to this book: I tried 3 times but was really put off by the narrative style.
This book chronicles the rise and fall of an iconic 70’s rock band and the author just nails it. All of it – the characters, the dialogue and the decade. I didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend the audio book for this title. The narration was so authentic and it added greatly to my enjoyment. I’m afraid I have a big book hangover from this one.
This book was disappointing. It seems to have been written with a great deal of care and dedication which makes it even more so. I didn't care for the narrative style. It disrupted the flow of reading and didn't do enough to establish the characters individual voices. The plot was repetitive, lacked build, and there was no climax. It seems I'm in the minority here, but I really did not enjoy this book.
In Taylor Jenkins Reid's breezy new novel, Daisy Jones & the Six are a successful California rock band in the 70's, led by the charismatic and beautiful Jones, who is something of a mix of Eve Babitz and Joni Mitchell. Internecine conflicts, as well as the usual cocktail of drugs, sex, and fame tear the band apart. It's written as an oral history of the band and if you're a fan of the period, especially the Laurel Canyon scene, there are a lot of good details and references. A Reese Witherspoon book club pick!
4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy compelling fiction set in another time. Specifically the 1970s, anything to do with life in a band, or something written in interview format.
This book chronicles the lifespan of the band Daisy Jones & the Six, and solves the "mystery" behind their breakup.
I should start by saying that this book is not at all up my alley. The 1970s is not a decade that I am drawn to, I generally avoid anything with more than very slight drug useage, and I'm not super into classic rock. However, I felt that way when I read the description for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo too... and everyone ended up loving it. I jumped on the bandwagon this time and I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Despite my lack of interest in the topics and subject matter I found the story pretty riveting and read it in just two short sittings. I thought it was pretty amazing how much detail was possible even in an interview style format. I felt like the scene, time, and lifestyle of these people was incredibly vivid. My heart broke for different characters at different times, and I especially loved how the women treated one another. I didn't find the climax terribly dramatic, but I really liked how it shook out all the same. I'm excited to see this come to life on the screen, and I really hope that they do all of the songs, it was fun to have the lyrics in the back of the book. Overall, I would recommend this whether or not it sounds like your "thing".
Fantastic read. It felt a little slow in parts and there were some heavy cliches, but it worked. For fans of the movie Almost Famous and all things classic rock, this book is for you.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a richly developed, but cliched, story chronicling the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock band. The story is clearly very inspired by Fleetwood Mac, one of my favorite rock bands, so I couldn’t resist. Everything is told in an almost epistolary format, with only character interviews guiding the plot. This style really worked and made the novel a very quick read despite the heavy tropes (drugs, sex, rock & roll) on almost every page. Maybe because of the format but there was too much cheesy dialogue and cheap philosophizing that kept my eyes rolling like:
“Passion is...it's fire. And fire is great, man. But we're made of water. Water is how we keep living.”
I suppose it’s not too different from some of the pseudo-intellectualism many bands exhibit, however. In spite of my criticism, Jenkins Reid creates an incredibly vivid atmosphere that brings the band to life fully equipped with song lyrics. My absolute favorite part of Daisy Jones and the Six, however, is the mesmerizing love story between two of the characters told from both sides. Without spoiling anything, the rawness of it made up for the book’s other shortcomings. Not perfect, but a great substitute for the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham autobiography that will never come.
Taylor Jenkins Reid does a phenomenal job of creating faceted, flawed characters who can't believe the ride they had together. The interview format works so well for this novel because you can feel the intensity building.
I have read - and loved - all of TJR's books. Daisy Jones & The Six did not disappoint, and currently sits as my favourite book of 2019 so far. TJR writes about relationships (familial / friendship / romantic) in interesting and surprising ways, and those in the book do not feel predictable or boring. I loved the concept for the story, and the narrative style (personal interviews) allow you to get a sense of how each character interpreted events differently (as we all do in our real lives). I got through this book in a little over 24 hours - you will not regret picking it up!
If you love 70's rock (especially Fleetwood Mac) or the movie Almost Famous, you'll love this book. Daisy Jones and the Six felt like peering back in time to see firsthand the drama and chaos that was the 70's rock & roll scene. The format was so unique, and made these characters feel real in the sense that sometimes while reading you almost forgot it's a story about a fictional band. I'm eager to watch the TV miniseries adaptation when it releases!
All about the stratospheric rise of an iconic seventies rock band after the naturally talented and perpetually stoned Daisy Jones joins up and her challenging relationship with The Six's mercurial front man Billy Dunne. A propulsive read, told much after the fact interview-style by the key characters. Does what it does really well.
This was a book club pick and while it was a quick read, I was disappointed. I know I am in the minority here, but I did not care for the narrative style (it was written as a series of interview transcripts). While it was fun to read about the rock & roll lifestyle (the group of band members reminded me a bit of Fleetwood Mac), I didn't really care for Daisy or the main male character, Billy. I had a hard time telling the other characters apart, and there was no real climax to the story.
I got so sucked into this story that along the way I forgot it was fiction and even asked my sister to look up their music online. If you enjoy a good rock biography, you'll love this novel.
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Good enough to finish but not as good as the reviews would lead you to believe.
If you liked this well enough you owe it to yourself to read Eve Babitz's "Eve's Hollywood" which is the real deal thinly disguised as 'fiction'.
For fans of A Star Is Born, the story of Daisy Jones and the band members of The Six will stick with you. I loved the interview style, which made for a killer audiobook as well. The overall vibe and energy I got from the music they described would be Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty's duet of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".