Book Review: Daisy Jones & the Six

It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.

Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ Daisy Jones & the Six

Synopsis

Everyone knows the band Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity… until now.

Review

I grew up listening to the music of my parents: Madness, Fleetwood Mac, Roxy Music, Simon & Garfunkel, Blondie…

So I was super excited to read Daisy Jones & the Six (especially after loving Evelyn Hugo), which follows a 1970s rock band who will finally reveal what caused them to split up at the peak of their success.

Sadly, this book was really disappointing. I buddy read it with eight fabulous ladies and none of us particularly enjoyed it.

The plot was almost exactly the same as that of Evelyn Hugo (interview featuring a big reveal from a celebrity… by someone with a connection), but executed much less successfully. Written in interview transcript, the pace was slow and it was hard to follow because you never got to know most of the characters.

Characters were unlikeable and uninteresting. Even Daisy wasn’t particularly compelling as a character; despite her many quirks she was just selfish, spoilt and childish. As for Billy, he was downright boring. Their relationships didn’t feel believable and the interview style meant that there were a lot of gaps in the story, which dragged on for too long.

I would have liked more information about what the band mates had been up to since they parted ways, but there was just too much information on an ex-addict staying sober and writing songs about his wife… who put up with so much it was ridiculous.

A lot of people have said the audiobook was really good so I might try this in a few months as I do think that would’ve brought the interview style to life. Reading an interview with a band whose music you’ve never heard isn’t really very exciting and as for the expected dramatic climax as to why they broke up… it never came.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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