Release Date: March 5, 2019
My Rating: 🍪🍪🍪🍪
I saw a lot of hype surrounding this book prior to reading it, and that, along with having recently read (and loved!) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (also by Taylor Jenkins Reid), prompted me to seek out Daisy Jones & The Six from my local library. The extended list of people on hold for it ahead of me only increased my expectations. That being said, I didn’t really take the time to look up what the story was about before I cracked it open for the first time.
I’d never read a book in the format of Daisy Jones & The Six before: purely made up of an extended series of (fictional) interviews, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when I started. Since each person’s comments in the interviews were brief, the the book flew by– there was a lot of blank space on each page. Despite that, the book covered a lot as it explored the rise in popularity of Daisy, and The Six, respectively, and then how they came together. As a collective whole, the members of the band, and their extended circle dealt with a lot: from drug and alcohol addiction to love, marriage, cheating, rising to fame, and heartbreak.
The stories of Billy, the lead singer, and Daisy, were most central to the book, and I felt their characters were explored much more thoroughly than the others. The tension that existed between them was well depicted, but not predictable. Their struggles with learning to coexist, were believable and heart wrenching, especially the narrative surrounding Billy’s struggle to remain sober in the presence of Daisy’s addiction, and her misunderstanding of his actions.
It was harder for me to care about the other members of the band. I enjoyed Karen and Graham’s storyline, but the others all paled in comparison to Daisy and Billy, and I found it a little hard to distinguish between them. Eddie’s role especially seemed unnecessary. There was a lot of focus on his discontent without any actual conclusion. I wasn’t sure why this focus was necessary. I also thought it was a little random to reveal that the fictional author of this biography of the band was actually Billy’s daughter. This didn’t add anything to the story for me, and felt like a non-crucial moment that took away from the narrative.
Overall, the rise and fall of this band was engaging, believable, and easy to read. Although I admit that I didn’t take the time to read them, I thought it was a nice touch for Reid to include the lyrics to the band’s songs at the end of the book. I paired this read with a batch of M&M cookies, as varied and colorful as each of the seven members of Daisy Jones & The Six.