This week's book came highly recommended by both Reese Witherspoon and Book of the Month! It's been queued up in my To Be Read Pinterest list for so long! When it showed up, after I pre-ordered it, I dropped everything and read it so quickly!
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So, without further ado, this week's read was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid!
Daisy Jones and the Six is a novel filled with drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll tolled in interview style by the members of the band. The story follows the band's meteoric rise to fame and their inevitable fall after reaching the top.
The story introduces Daisy Jones, and Billy Dunne, originally members of two separate bands.
On their own, each group is having moderate success. When the Six are hired by Runner Records, it's suggested that a duet happens between the Six and Daisy Jones.
When their duet "Honeycomb" is a huge success, Daisy becomes a permanent member of the band. Billy and Daisy sit down, and struggle, to write their next album. The pair often butt creative heads while trying to write. Billy is sticking to the straight and narrow after a stint in rehab, while Daisy continues to party and get high.
Their new album "Aurora" launches the band's popularity sky high!
While drama and conflict continues to grow within the band, they head off on their "Aurora Stadium Tour."
Amidst the drama following their Rolling Stones interview, a band member's abortion, and Daisy's addiction, the band stands poised for their fall. In a moment of clarity for both Daisy and Billy, the pair realize their true feelings for one another. In a shocking moment, Billy's wife Camilla, tells Daisy someone has to give and it won't be her or Billy. Daisy makes the decision to leave the band, and that was the end of Daisy Jones and the Six.
I was so excited to read this, and Jenkins Reid did not disappoint! I was hesitant to read a novel that was written in only interviews, but Jenkins Reid's writing was still beautiful, and really able to flesh out the setting and the characterizations.
One thing that really stuck out to me was some of the discrepancies between the band member's stories. I like that Jenkins Reid played with the idea that different people remember things differently. It helped to develop the characters when there wasn't a real chance for the author to come out right and say it.
The ending of the novel threw me for a huge loop, which never happens! I've read so many books I can usually guess what the surprise twist is going to be but I didn't with Daisy Jones and the Six which was refreshing!
I really liked that Jenkins Reid included the song lyrics in the book too. It shows Jenkins Reid range of writing, and gave the reader a chance to see the poetic lyrics that Daisy Jones and the Six were known for. The lyrics were beautifully written, and I really recommend taking the time to read and appreciate them.
I give Daisy Jones and the Six an enthusiastic 5 out of 5!