Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Two rising 70s rock-and-roll artists are catapulted into stardom when a producer puts them together, a decision that is complicated by a pregnancy and the seductions of fame.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
Description: 466 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984892256
1984892258
Branch Call Number: LP Reid

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Jhartbooks
Jul 07, 2021

I thought this book told a great story and I loved how the plot unfolded. Daisy Jones & The Six book is about the formation of a rock band in the 70s and their experience. Daisy grows up with little parental supervision and quickly gets sucked into the music scene of Rock n Roll. The band, The Six, joins forces with Daisy to create a top hit album and become international legends. It tells the story of talent, money, fame and the struggles that come with it such as addiction, temptation, and difficult family dynamics. It's written in a documentary format, where the characters are reflecting on their past through an oral history. I really enjoyed this format because it felt like I was watching a documentary and it also allowed the reader to understand the characters better. The atmosphere and the way Taylor Jenkins Reid creates a whole world really makes the story feel real! There are also great examples of strength, independence and empowerment among women which I really appreciated. I was excited to find that all of the songs the band works on in the story are actually complete songs written by the author, located at the end of the book. I would recommend this to an older audience (16+) because it touches on some more adult topics. If you are a lover of music, Rock n Roll, or just great storytelling I would recommend this book because it has a fresh perspective that I think anyone would enjoy.

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cknightkc
Jul 01, 2021

Brilliantly written by author Taylor Jenkins Reid, I had to constantly remind myself as I read it that DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a work of fiction, and there's never been a rock and roll group by that name. The book perfectly captures the sights, sounds, and feel of the 1970s music scene as it explores the rise and fall of this mythical band. Told from the various perspectives of the band members and those close to them, this is a fascinating multi-dimensional character study, unlike other novels in recent memory. My main criticism is that there are so many characters, it was hard to keep track of them, so I’d advise creating a list as each character’s introduced or use one of the prepared lists found online. Here's the one I used:
https://www.bookcompanion.com/daisy_jones_&_the_six_character_list.html

LoganLib_Sheridan Jun 11, 2021

I need to know TJR's secret! How does she do such amazing character centred stories where the main characters are terrible people and they still completely draw you in? It's an absolute mystery but it is definitely TJR's talent and I love it!

So there are kind of two protagonists in this book, as usual: Daisy and Billy. I didn't feel like there was anything redeeming about Daisy, at least not during the period the book describes. She doesn't care about anyone but herself and never even tries to be a better person. She is an extremely selfish brat honestly.

I did actually like Billy though. He wasn't perfect but he actually cared and tried to always do his best even when it wasn't easy. They are somehow the same and completely different, foils of each other. Daisy is what Billy might have been if he continued and Billy is what Daisy could become if she was able to make that push into sobriety.

This book had a vast array of themes: Sobriety, monogamy, abortions and sexuality. These were all well interlaced among the characters stories as they work together to produce an album and go on tour.

Billy and Daisy both have/had problems and the book has a very complex discussion about addiction and sobriety. Billy is motivated by his family to stay sober for them so he can enjoy every moment with them. Daisy has no motivation or to become sober. At one time she wants to but circumstances
pull her back to addiction.

This book discusses trust and faith and how important they are in relationships. I didn't always agree with the books points. Cheating is an absolute turn off for me and so while I think you should be able to trust your partner that isn't the same as trusting them blindly and ignoring red flags. Anyway... says the woman who never has and probably never will be in a relationship.

Karen becomes pregnant and decides, on support from Camilla, that she isn't ready for and doesn't want children. My favourite part of this might be Camilla, who loves and has always wanted kids, telling Karen she wishes she wanted the baby but understands that she doesn't and this is the best option. I also love that Karen is well established as not wanting children.

I found Daisy and Karen's contrasting dress and views on gender presentation interesting. Karen has always dressed more masculine or ambiguously despite liking feminine fashion because she doesn't want the stigma and stigma that comes with that. Daisy is unabashedly herself and doesn't dress to cater to anyone else. The description of her outfit and the picture for their album cover was very good at summing up the way Daisy presents herself.

It felt strange that all of this, the time they were together, was for one album. That was it? I feel like it should've been spread over two or three albums. It also feels strange that these people and the band don't actually exist. TJR paints such a vivid picture.

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CaitieeK
Jun 08, 2021

Audiobook or bust! This demands to be listened to!

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jocelyndanielle
May 21, 2021

i loved this book. but 3.5 stars because there were no breaks in the interview style writing for author commentary- wasn’t my favorite. & there was so many characters but little to no development so a lot was left to the imagination. character development of main characters was also just repetitive and cliche but over all i enjoyed the story and would still recommend.

LoganLib_JennyI May 05, 2021

I listened to Daisy Jones and the Six as an audio book and what an absolute treat! The book is told in an interview style and the characters are read by different actors (such as Jennifer Beals and Benjamin Bratt). Reid is a great writing talent delivering powerful emotions and creating characters with truth and depth. She has written a fictional book which leaves readers wondering if Daisy Jones and the Six were/are real. Or maybe if they aren't real, who are they based on? It gave me a 70s "Fleetwood Mac" vibe. Another reason the book is fabulous is that I love books that have diverse but well covered themes. Daisy Jones and the Six explores it all: love versus chemistry, self love, soulmates, friendship, gender issues, addiction and drugs, mental health, grief and of course - songwriting, talent and music. There were also some great philosophical one liners that smacked you in the face. Rock on - you will think you have been fans of all your life!

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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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cknightkc
Jul 01, 2021

“…you show up for your friends on their hardest days. And you hold their hand through the roughest parts. Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding.” - p. 302

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cknightkc
Jul 01, 2021

“But music is never about music. If it was, we'd be writing songs about guitars. But we don't. We write songs about women.

Women will crush you, you know? I suppose everybody hurts everybody, but women always seem to get back up, you ever notice that? Women are always still standing.” - p. 217

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cknightkc
Jul 01, 2021

“I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it's not faith, right?” - p. 76

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cknightkc
Jul 01, 2021

“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” - p. 8

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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CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

Other: Drug Use

CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

Coarse Language: Curse words

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May 10, 2021

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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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