Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists... But when she sings in a crowded, smoky club, you can hear a pin drop. All she wants is to write her own songs, but the record studio has its own ideas. It's the early 1970s and free love and drugs are everywhere, and Daisy wants to experience it all. Billy Dunne and his brother have a band called The Six that won't be playing weddings for long. They are ambitious, hard-rocking, hard-partying. When they land a record deal, Billy's girlfriend follows them to the west coast and life begins. But she finds out she's pregnant on the eve of their first tour, and the pressure of fatherhood and incipient fame make Billy go a little crazy on the road. Daisy and Billy's paths cross when a manager realizes that the key to skyrocketing success is to put them together. But oil and water don't even begin to describe how they mix... And what happens next will become the stuff of legend.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780385692175
Branch Call Number: REID
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 24 cm

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A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of a world-famous 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer--and the secret reasons behind their dramatic break up. More relationship fiction: Normal People; Learning Curve; We Went to the Woods


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WritingChick65
Mar 31, 2021

Written as an interview, this book is all dialogue but it doesn't need anything else to convey the story. The immediacy makes it so real that you'll find yourself Googling the band just to hear their albums. At the heart of this tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, lies a poignant love story that will make your heart ache. Unforgettable characters. I'm sure someone will make this into a movie or series, but they will be hard pressed to capture the pain and struggle so aptly described in words. Read this book!!

CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

This book you guys - holy crap. It took me five hours to finish this book and part of me wishes I would’ve reveled in it just a bit longer. I’ve never really had a book that I’ve loved so much that I wished I could read it again for the first time, but this is definitely one of those!! I have a book wishlist of books I’ve already read, that I loved so much, that I want to have in my own personal library and this book made the list within the first few pages.

This book encapsulates everything I love about music and the way it makes me feel. Along with books, music is one of my biggest passions and something I cherish so much. Reading this book, it took me back to my concert days - when I was seeing my favorite bands a couple times a year, sitting on stages, going to meet-and-greets and Warped Tour, and buying merch.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a force in this novel. It is so well written, the twist towards the end, each of the characters being so developed and so important to the story, the intricacy, the way you root for them and then you’re mad at them, the attachment she forces you to have, like you can’t help it, you have no choice in the matter. It’s incredible. I can’t say enough good things.

I’ve had so many people tell me I need to read Evelyn Hugo now that I’ve read Daisy Jones and I am eager to get my hands on it!!!

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LisaMoore1985
Mar 15, 2021

I don't think I could exist without music. Music can just move you in so many ways, make you feel the deepest of emotions, even the ones you don't want to feel. That is why I enjoyed reading this book so much. Taylor Jenkins Reid does such an amazing job of making you feel that Daisy Jones & The Six was a real bad, a real band that you just loved and had to know everything about. The way she wrote it too, having all the band members tell their story in alternating paragraphs was so enjoyable. You really felt as you were reading that "I am watching this on a episode of "Where Are They Now". At times I just could not put this book down. It draws a reader in and makes you feel as if you are breaking the same way Daisy and Billy are breaking. I'm not even going to pretend that I didn't get total Fleetwood Mac vibes. C'mon how could you not, especially when Daisy was shaking her tambourine? Hellooooooooooo, totally a Stevie Knicks move right there. Everything about this book was highly entertaining and engaging. If you enjoy music, if you enjoy reading books about bands, even fictional ones, then this is the book that you need to read

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

This book was phenomenal. The author took a huge risk writing a novel in this style and honestly? She executed it flawlessly.

The characters are raw and real and the story is gritty and just so damn believable. I loved it.

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dagny49
Mar 08, 2021

Recommended by epic reads bc loved Evelyn Hugo

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YourLocalReader
Mar 06, 2021

Daisy Jones and the Six chronicles the journey of a famous rock band in the late sixties who are adjusting to fame. The band starts to fracture as complications arise from jealousy, drug addiction, and love. The book was very ambitious by displaying a new format to tell the story. The story consists of multiple points of view through interviews. It was delightful how they each had differing perspectives and observations on the band. However, it became a little confusing as the chapters flew by. There were so many perspectives to keep track of, and I found myself scrambling to match them with their characters. One of the central themes was addiction which I discovered the author managed to capture beautifully. I think the inclusion of two characters, one who was currently addicted and a former addict, proved to be an intriguing contrast.
This book has been raved about everywhere, but I shockingly found it to fall flat. The plot was too predictable, and the constantly changing perspectives irked me towards the end. However, I give props to the author for making this novel so realistic; sometimes, I forgot Daisy Jones and the Six weren’t a real band. I think part of the reason this fell flat for me is that I have read the author’s other novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which contained similar pop culture-based elements, but I found it more enjoyable. I give the book a 3 out of 5 stars since it addressed addiction in a very realistic way, and the relationship between the characters was very intricate. The multiple perspectives and predictable plot made it a bit lackluster for me, but I would still recommend it for fans who enjoy slower paced romance writing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
TW: Mentions of sexual activity, addiction to drugs/alcohol
Age Recommendation: 15+ (depends on reader’s maturity)

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LynnCharmaine12
Feb 25, 2021

I LOVED this book. I love all of TJR's books. This isn't my favorite of hers, but it's in the top 3. I get that it's polarizing though, as it's a unique format. I loved "Behind The Music" back in the day and I really liked this style, but I know it's not for everyone. Can't wait for the inevitable movie/show of this one.

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CarlaHubbs
Feb 15, 2021

What a great book! Loved every page of it. I spent a lot of time on the Sunset Strip when I was younger, and so many memories came flooding back. The author captured the essence of that era very well

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volare
Feb 01, 2021

I enjoyed this book but THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by the same author is soooooo much better. I'm old enough to remember Fleetwood Mac and their album "Rumours" that came out in 1977. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking the plot of this book reminded me of all the gossip that surrounded Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie, and all the other band members of Fleetwood Mac. Then, at the very end of the book in the author's acknowledgments, she mentioned Fleetwood Mac! My memory is still intact at my advanced age, so good to know! This book reminded me a lot of "Utopia Avenue" that I read last fall and I think "UA" was a more intellectual exercise and had more depth; if you enjoy reading about rock bands, try "Utopia Avenue".

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michellecharris
Jan 18, 2021

Fun read. Enjoyed it. Worthwhile. Would have been so cool to hear the songs.

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CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

Other: Drug Use

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Coarse Language: Curse words

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SPL_Shauna Apr 03, 2019

Picture this: It’s the mid ‘70s in Los Angeles, and the full force of flower power is starting to go a bit weedy. Rock has gone from festivals to stadiums, drugs have shifted from psychedelics to heroin and uppers, and the sexual revolution has veered past free love and into key parties. No one is quite sure yet what to make of any of it.

Into this scene stumbles a beautiful young singer, raised in an apathetic family with an artist father and a former model for a mother. No one much cares what Daisy Jones gets into, so she tries it all. Just as she begins to find her stride, a mid-western blues band hits the scene, and their label decides to pair them for marketability. It’s the birth of legendary rock band Daisy Jones and the Six.

In an amazing turn of events for your summer beach reading, this band has more drama than Fleetwood Mac (indeed, some have speculated they’re the author’s inspiration). Daisy and Six frontman Billy Dunne have instant chemistry, but Billy has a slew of addictions he’s trying to kick and a family; Daisy represents everything that could ruin his life. Keyboardist Karen is a rock goddess along the lines of the Pixies’ Kim Deal, but her secret relationship with founding guitarist Graham Dunne threatens the stability of The Six. Add in a surprise marriage to fallen Italian royalty between tours, and a production team that doubles as a therapy group for the band, and you’ve got everything you need for a dishy read so intense it’ll give you flashbacks.

Written in a fast-paced interview style, Reid’s prose and dialogue are sharp, real, immersive, and often quite funny. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a distraction, Daisy Jones and the Six offers the same gritty, ‘70s feel as the film Almost Famous. But, unlike the film, you can take this book anywhere, and you won’t want to leave it behind until you’re done. Don’t miss it.

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I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.

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