Daisy Jones & The Six is the book I didn’t know I needed
Are you a fan of musical shows and intense love stories? Have you watched and rewatched VH1’s Behind the Music episodes of your favorite artists? Are you feeling a bit nostalgic or a little bit rock and roll? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid is the book for you.
Daisy Jones & The Six is about the rise to fame of a 1970s rock band and the series of events that caused them to break up at the height of their success. Rumours say Reid was inspired to write this book by the complicated romantic histories of Fleetwood Mac’s members. (See what I did there? It’s not a rumor, Reid said so herself. Rumours is a Fleetwood Mac album. Please keep reading!)
Sex, love, and rock and roll—this book has it all, and that’s all I’m going to say about that
Reid kicks off the story by letting us know that the book is the first and only time members of the band have talked about their history together. (Cue to me Googling if Daisy Jones & The Six is a real band I somehow missed.) Then she does what only a skillful writer and master storyteller can do—she creates art.
As I read the black and white Kindle pages, I see each character, hear every song, and feel every feeling. Reid does all of this without a narrator; she wrote this book as a series of interviews compiled and interwoven together to form a chronological timeline of events. In other words, Reid wrote Daisy Jones & The Six in first-person narrative form. It’s one story, told from the multiple, unique, and sometimes contrasting perspectives of each of the members of the band and those close to them.
There are no wordy setups and no in-depth descriptions, just a group of characters speaking their incredibly interesting yet fictional truths. It’s real effing impressive.
Daisy Jones & The Six is now a permanent addition to my book collection
I just know this is one I must re-read. I wouldn’t be surprised if every time I do, I uncover another layer to this beautiful story. But even if I don’t, I won’t be disappointed because the book truly is pure beauty.
P.S. Amazon Studios and Hello Sunshine announced last summer that they will be producing a limited series based on the book. Do me (and yourself!) a huge favor and read the book before watching it. That said, I’m thrilled to find out this will become a show, and I cannot wait to purchase the soundtrack. (Oops, did I forget to tell you Reid actually wrote full versions of all the songs featured in the book? Well, she did, and you’re welcome.)