Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome Daisy Jones and the Six to the stage!
A book so dangerously addictive that you’ll want to clear your weekend to binge the whole thing in one sitting. Sleep is optional. Daisy Jones and the Six was written by the talented Taylor Jenkins Reid, who also wrote The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, another fictional biography that I can’t wait to get stuck into.
Told in a compelling documentary style, Daisy Jones and The Six recounts the meteoric rise and fall of a fictional 70’s rock band. Sex, drugs, and… complicated relationships, explosive arguments, legendary parties, and spectacular meltdowns. The story is recalled in snippets as the band members, and those who were in their inner circle, reflect upon events of the past. Each narrative adds a new layer to the story, as long-hidden truths are finally aired.
The narrative feels so authentic that I had to double-check that the band is actually fictional.
It only took a chapter before I was hooked, it’s such an effortless read. It actually feels like you have a front-row seat to watch the action unfold. The first half of the book is centred purely around building the characters and their stories.
The Six are comprised of lead guitarist Graham Dunne, keyboardist Karen Sirko, bassist Pete Loving, rhythm guitarist Eddie Loving, drummer Warren Rhodes, and brooding singer and songwriter, Billy Dunne.
Separately, we are introduced to Daisy Jones, a young flame-haired beauty reminiscent of Stevie Nicks or Debbie Harry. Daisy floats through life quite aimlessly until she discovers her passion for writing her own music, catapulting her into a world of dirty record producers and blurred boundaries.
Daisy travels her own trajectory for a number of years, releasing a moderately successful solo record before crossing paths with The Six, who are on the verge of their big break with the release of their first big commerical hit!
The chemistry between Daisy and Billy Dunne, the lead singer of The Six, is palpable from the outset. Sparks fly and the band almost immediately skyrockets to stardom with Daisy at the helm. Their rise to fame is littered with behind the scenes drama and internal conflict, but the ride is thrilling. We watch on as they top the billboard charts, storm the Grammys, and perform to stadiums of screaming fans.
Until, at the pinnacle of their success, the band inexplicably self combusts. Only Daisy Jones knows the real reason why the band suddenly broke up… and she’s finally spilling the tea.
Despite being thoroughly entertaining and easy reading, Daisy Jones and the Six is truthful. I aligned with certain perspectives early on, particularly the female characters, whose assertive personalities and honest storytelling enthralled me. The 70’s was an interesting era, second-wave feminism had paved the way for women to exercise agency over their own bodies, decisions, and lives, which is certainly embedded into the characterisation of the bold, complexed female characters.
I’m not sure if this is an unpopular opinion, but I found it difficult to resonate with Daisy. Her addictions, recklessness, and disastrous relationships became quite tedious. I was just waiting and wishing for her to pull herself together. Thankfully she redeemed herself in the final chapters.
While drugs and alcohol have never really been a weakness of mine, I do have to admit to an addiction of my own… audiobooks. I listened to Daisy Jones and The Six on Audible, and it was just like watching a movie in my head, each character was voiced by an actor, bringing the story to life in screaming colour. Judy Greer provided the voice for Karen, which may have been another reason why I enjoyed her character so much.
Daisy Jones and the Six is easily the most hyped title of the year, but let me tell you, it blows the hype out of the water. It was masterful how Taylor Jenkins Reid managed to interweave so many complex narratives together in such a seamless manner. When I finished the audiobook, I felt like I had lost a group of close friends. I physically cried at the end and was wandering around in a Daisy Jones daze for a couple of days afterwards. I can’t recall another book that I have devoured quite as quickly as this one, it was a wild ride that I wasn’t quite ready to get off.