Daisy Jones and the Six
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars
This book surprised me. When I started reading, the first thing I had to do was check if it was a work of fiction. The unusual form would serve brilliantly to present the real-life story of a music band from the seventies.
Billy and Graham Dunne always had a passion for music. It was no surprise when they started a band, but it was pretty unexpected to become as successful as it did. While The Six was on the rise, Daisy Jones was a young girl growing up in the clubs of the Sunset Strip in L.A. As a daughter of wealthy but indifferent parents, she had everything she wanted and no one to control her. Her biggest passion was songwriting and performing her own music. By the time she was twenty, she had become a local celebrity because of her voice and her beauty. She was famous enough to be invited to sing together with Billy. No one could predict how this would affect the band…
This novel is written in an original form of fragments of interviews, where all band members, the producer, and everyone involved in the story has a chance to express their opinion. It gives the book an illusion of reality- it is easy to forget that all the characters are fictional and the story never actually happened. Taylor Jenkins Reid does a great job painting the background for the action, creating a credible 70s show biz scene. Another fascinating element is found in the multiple points of view provided by the characters. They all have a unique voice, and their stories do not always match.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, but I am not sure it deserves all the hype it gets. I think this might raise the reader’s expectations to some impossibly high level and spoil the pleasure of the lecture. I would still recommend it.