I thought The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of the best books I’ve read since I finished it last month. So when Daisy Jones and the Six came in the post, I popped it on Twitter and it received a lot of positive comments, I knew I had to give it a go. And wow – I’m so glad I did!
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Daisy Jones and the Six is about… it won’t surprise you… Daisy Jones and the band called The Six. It follows Daisy and the band members as they rise from humble beginnings to becoming the largest band on the planet. Included in the rise are the struggles and darker moments of fame, loneliness, being stuck together all the time, clashing personalities and so much more.
Daisy Jones and the Six plot – 5/5
When you manage to write a fictional book about a fictional band, and fictional characters and build many different fictional stories but make them feel so utterly believable, you know you’ve written a good book. I think that’s about the highest praise I can give Daisy Jones and the Six’s plot. It feels like it’s a biography about a real band.
The book is told from the point of view of Daisy Jones, the members of The Six band and some other characters who they meet during their career. It’s told in almost an interview style with them looking back on their time in the band. The audiobook I listened to was an absolute masterpiece with every single voice a different actor (or so it sounded). They each brought their own personalities which Taylor Jenkins Reid had injected into the way they speak and the opinions and personalities she’d written for them.
The plot takes you on such a wild ride throughout the band’s decade of popularity. There are incredible highs and some really dark moments but all of it feels so genuine and believable that you have to keep reminding yourself this is a fictional band with fictional people and made-up lives. If you don’t come away from this book thinking you could well have just read a biography as I did then I’d be surprised!
Daisy Jones and the Six characters – 4.5/5
As I said above, Taylor Jenkins Reid has managed to inject such realism into these characters with differing opinions and reactions to the events that they’re faced with. You love them all in some way or another because they’re broken or because they’re trying to because they’re just genuinely nice.
There are some characters you’re supposed to despise but even then there are members of the cast of characters who are written into the book to be the “villain”, to show that a lot of people in the business aren’t there to make you more famous for you but to make you more famous for their own gain.
There are some real and difficult stories told here of betrayal, growing up, maturity, realisation, depression, alcoholism, addictions and so much more. There are probably a few trigger warnings worth looking up before starting this book.
Daisy Jones and the Six final rating – 4.75/5
Daisy Jones and the Six may well have shot a second of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books into my top five books of the year list at the end of the year. It was a story (and especially an audiobook) that I will remember for a long time to come and is another of her books I will recommend to absolutely everybody. With powerful characters, and a dark, mature and wholly satisfying story that will eat you up and spit you out again, there’s not a lot here to dislike about Daisy Jones and the Six.
If you liked Daisy Jones and the Six, you may enjoy reading my reviews of the following books:
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke