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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Paperback – February 4, 2020
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“An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy.”—Elin Hilderbrand
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Washington Post • Esquire • Glamour • Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • Marie Claire • Parade • Paste • Shelf Awareness • BookRiot
Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . 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.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
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“Backstage intrigue is the engine of Daisy Jones & The Six. . . . [A] celebration of American mythmaking.”—Vogue
“Each character is compelling but Daisy Jones is the star. She’s a blazing talent who is unapologetic in her sexuality and lives life on her own terms. . . . Like a poignant song with lyrics that speak to your soul, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid will transport you to another place and time.”—Associated Press
“Reid’s wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year.”—Nylon
“Wildly delicious.” —Entertainment Weekly
“This stylish and propulsive novel, presented in the form of an oral history, explores the ascent of a (fictional) hard-partying, iconic 1970s rock band. It reads like the transcript of a particularly juicy episode of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music.’”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover. . . . Her characters feel so vividly real, you’ll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts, and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself.”—HelloGiggles
“[A] juicy tell-all-style page-turner.”—Bustle
“Evocative . . . brilliant.”—Romper
“Prepare to fall for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest novel, Daisy Jones & The Six.”—PopSugar
“Reid’s novel so resembles a memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Reid is unsurpassed in her ability to create complex characters working through emotions that will make your toes curl.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Reid delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s and ’70s in this expertly wrought novel. Mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir . . . Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book’s prose is propulsive, original, and often raw.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Reid is a stunning writer whose characters are unforgettable and whose stories are deeply emotional. . . . Her most gripping novel yet.”—Emily Giffin, author of All We Ever Wanted
“Reid’s writing is addictive and all-consuming. Filled with passion, complexity, and fascinating detail, Daisy Jones & The Six felt so real, I had to remind myself that it was fiction.”—Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost
“From the very first page you know this book is something special. Taylor Jenkins Reid brings insight and poetry to a story that’s utterly unique and deeply authentic, one that transports you to world of seventies rock—with all its genius and temptation and creativity—so completely it feels like you’re there.”—Katherine Center, author of How to Walk Away
“Raw, emotive, and addictively voyeuristic, Daisy Jones & The Six is imbued with the same anguished heart that fuels the very best rock ‘n’ roll. Like my favorite albums, this book will live with me for a very long time.”—Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524798649
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524798642
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.78 x 7.92 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let me start with how realistic this book felt. You will probably think I am dumb, but I honestly forgot this book is a fictional book about a fictional band. It is told so vividly and accurately that I went and googled Daisy & the Six. I kid you not. I am not ashamed to admit it. I totally did!
The format of this book is completely different that any other book. It did take me a minute or five to get used to it, but once I did, there was no stopping those pages from turning. I can't see this book told any other way. It was perfect for this story. And the why it was told this way does reveal itself towards the end, which made the story even more profound.
These characters. I was worried because of the way Reid was telling the story that I wouldn't be able to connect to any of them. I was wrong. I connected to these characters so deeply. I didn't want their story to end. I wanted everyone to have unicorns and rainbows by the end. I was totally invested in them throughout the entire book.
I want to address something about this book and early reviews I have seen. I don't do this often, hardly ever, but I feel the need to point some things out. I have seen some mark this book with triggers. Let me be clear, there aren't actual incidences where any form of a trigger warning would be necessary. This book is about a band in the 70s and 80s. If you know anything about that time, especially about bands in that era, it was sex, drugs, and rock n roll. This book depicts those things vividly, but not in detail. Does the book mention they do drugs? Yes. Does it mention promiscuous sex? Yes. Does it mention sex and females of questionable age? Yes. Notice I used the word mention. There aren't details. There is a depiction of what was going on in that time era. So, if you see reviews that make you leary, I would take them lightly.
I think this book will be a top book of the year for me. I know, it's early, but this book is THAT good. I can't give it enough praise. I truthfully cannot think of a negative thing to say about it.
All that said, it's a fun read. I have heard they may be making this into a movie, and I think that would be a shame. Movies in which actors try to act like rock stars always fall flat, to me, at least. Maybe I saw too many live shows in my youth. I think it's hard to make a "fake rock band" seem real--and that goes for the book a bit, too. I get the Fleetwood Mac analogy (Karen, the Christine MacVie analogue, was in fact my favorite character), but it was hard to imagine The Six having anything like the power and energy of that band at its peak. That said, one really did want to hear these songs while reading about them, to see Daisy and Billy on stage, so maybe with the right casting...
Anyway, the upshot for me was this was a good beach read with some unfortunate and tired assumptions about women. I'm not a radical feminist, so I can still enjoy the book. But I wish it hadn't been quite so reliant on mythic stereotypes. My advice: if that kind of story doesn't bug you, read it anyway. It's a nice afternoon's recreation.
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It did pick up pace towards the end, but I felt that nothing really happened other than the almost non-verbalised relationships between Daisy and the guy whose name I am struggling to recall
Firstly the writing is strange. It reads more as a script than a regular book. I can see why Amazon have snapped this up for a TV series as the Book is ready to go. The prose is set as a series of interviews years after the events retelling the story of the band. The interviews are stitched together to create the story arc. To begin with this is a jarring negative but actually makes the book incredibly easy to read (I flew through it).
Another negative aspect is the characters are a little cliché. cool diva star, controlling / flawed band leader, aloof bassist, wacky drummer, difficult lead guitarist, etc etc. If I would have predicted the characters I would have got most spot on. However, the characterization is incredible. These characters leap out the page fully formed and you feel you know them, half way through you are invested in most of them.
I am a fan of music and the era, so maybe I was an easy sell. But I found the narrative thrilling. The description of the music writing, the songs and the performances were great. The scene where the album cover is photographed was almost visual.
Look don't pick this up and expect anything deep, meaningful or high-brow. But it is one of the best quick diversion reads I have ever read. My only regret is that there was not an accompanying soundtrack, now THAT would have been great.
Written in an interview style and being about a successful band could make it hard to engage with emotionally, but wow does it do just that. You very quickly forget the style and fall for the various characters, and for me not the main ones necessarily in Daisy and Billy, I really liked some of the other band members and hangers on. You get sucked into all of their stories, how they viewed the same events very differently and rush through the pages as you desperately want to find out what happened.
Easily one of my favourite books of recent times that I’m recommending to all my friends. The only annoying thing is that I can’t now listen to their music or go to a concert...I felt the band was so real by the end that I almost googled them anyway!
There isn't a plot. Take four or five seconds to imagine a pretty girl joining a band and there, you've already imagined all the nuances that this book has to offer.
There isn't any interesting writing to speak of - in fact, the interview style becomes grinding after a few pages, let alone several hundred pages of scarcely-drawn characters who all have the same voice.
The most telling detail of the quality within these pages is the glowing review on the back cover from noted literary critic and public intellectual Edith Bowman, who notes, "I thought all the characters were real." That is presumably to be taken literally and says all that we need to know about the target audience, given that poor old Edith once struggled to understand the complex metaphor at the heart of Rhianna's "Umbrella", moaning, "Why would she offer someone to stand under her umbrella? It just doesn't make sense!"
This isn't literature, it isn't fun and it isn't entertaining.