Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
“You have these lines you won’t cross. But then you cross them. And suddenly you possess the very dangerous information that you can break the rule and the world won’t instantly come to an end. You’ve taken a big, black, bold line and you’ve made it a little bit gray. And now every time you cross it again, it just gets grayer and grayer until one day you look around and you think, There was a line here once, I think.”
Daisy Jones & The Six is a novel about the rise of the eponymous fictional rock-band, and depicts their shocking and infamous breakup. Set in the 1970s, everything about this novel is rock’n’roll; each character has their own storyline, their own reason for loving music, and their own opinions on Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne (the two rebellious leads of the band). While Daisy and Billy might see themselves as the heart and soul of the band, will their narcissistic and selfish tendencies, not to mention their desire to hog the limelight, push the other band members away? And will their battles with their demons prove too much pressure, and ultimately be the reason for the band’s downfall?
The style of narrative of this book is what struck me most; the entire thing is written as an interview, except you never hear from the interviewer, only from the relevant people involved, so the whole thing is like one dis-jointed conversation. I loved how different people remembered things differently and the unreliable narrative is ultimately what made this book so intriguing. I was never really sure if I was hearing the truth, and the version of the truth which each bandmate remembered, ultimately said more about their individual characters, than about the band itself.
Unsurprisingly, the whole book was just filled to the brim with sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll. I liked how the author was never afraid to hold back on details, and was always very raw about the character’s struggle with their personal lives, especially addiction. She never made out like addiction was something that was easily overcome, and I imagine that anyone who could empathise would certainly be grateful for the honest portrayal.
The characters were probably the most interesting part of the book; Billy and Daisy were intriguing, but actually, I loved the lesser-focused-on bandmates, and how they contributed to the situations. Eddie in particular was intriguing because he always spoke for Pete, which made me think there was a reason Pete wasn’t interviewed. On the other hand, I found Camilla’s perspective very interesting as well, and I liked to see how her relationship with Billy affected the story. I also liked how much the author jumped between all their voices. On paper, you may think this narrative style would be confusing, but in practise, it made the reading experience even more immersive.
All in all this book is just great. Read it. Devour it. And then read it again. Honestly, the most annoying this about this book was just that I couldn’t hear the songs they were describing as I was reading it – although hopefully someone will make that possible soon! The attention to detail with the musical references also helped make it so authentic and realistic. The characters were great, the plot was complicated, yet plausible, and there was a nice depth to the characters and the plot. JUST READ IT.