Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rock ‘n’ Roll becomes as such when the people involved is just as unstable, volatile, emotional, and raging as the music. Then again, you have nothing to let go onstage if you are holding nothing in offstage.

Daisy Jones, neglected by entertainment professionals from an early age, spends her adolescence singing at clubs, sleeping with rock stars, and imbibing drugs and alcohol. Though most see her only for her vivacious personality and irresistible beauty, what she really wants to do is become a songwriter. The Six started with Billy Dunne and his brother Graham who bring in other musicians in hopes of becoming an rock ‘n’ roll band. With both Daisy Jones and the Six getting some traction individually, they are brought together by their record label and become music sensations. But trouble brews on the inside with drama.

Lately, I have been reading historical drama, and they have been… alright to say the least. But Daisy Jones and the Six blew my mind. I finished this book within a weekend; that’s how good it is!

The writing is not written as prose, but like a script. The book is written as if the author is interviewing each member years after they break up, so they are each telling their own story. Instead of each chapter being dedicated to a singular person, the story jumps around. The writing emphasizes how history can be interpreted and remembered differently through different lenses giving the story a nuance that resembles real life.

Taylor Jenkins Reid, with the writing style she’s adapted, goes the extra mile to create characters that are tangible. They are dynamic and have been created to be broken which makes for an amazing, tension filled story. The readers are kept on the edge to see what will happen.

No one is immediately likable. The way Daisy drowns her sorrows in drugs and alcohol makes you as the reader mad because she deserves better. Reid lets her readers hate her characters while simultaneously feel bad for them because they mean well. These tragic characters are not cliche and in no way is asking for pity or sympathy.

If you liked Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, you will definitely like this book! It is a story about people who seem fine from the outside, but are struggling with luxury keeping them company. I can easily see this book be made into a movie and running successfully.

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