- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Later Printing edition (March 5, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524798622
- ISBN-13: 978-1524798628
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,234 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Hardcover – March 5, 2019
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An Amazon Best Book of March 2019: There is something a little intoxicating about Daisy Jones and the Six. This is the story of a young, captivating singer who came of age in the late 60s/early 70s, all told as an oral history. The Six did not hit the big time until Daisy joined the band as their lead singer, but her presence brought along drama, intrigue, and a variety of tensions between herself and Billy Dunne, the leader of The Six. It’s best not to know too much about this book going into it; instead, allow the transcribed interviews from the band members (they weren’t real, but they seem real), and from those who tagged along during this great fictitious band’s run, to unspool the story for you. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review
“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Taylor Jenkins Reid transported me into the magic of the ’70s music scene in a way I’ll never forget. The characters are beautifully layered and complex. Daisy and the band captured my heart, and they’re sure to capture yours, too.”—Reese Witherspoon
“This stylish and propulsive novel, presented in the form of an oral history, explores the ascent of a (fictional) hard-partying, iconic 1970s rock band. It reads like the transcript of a particularly juicy episode of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music.’”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover. . . . Her characters feel so vividly real, you’ll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts, and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself.”—HelloGiggles
“[A] juicy tell-all-style page-turner.”—Bustle
“Evocative . . . brilliant.”—Romper
“Prepare to fall for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest novel, Daisy Jones & The Six.”—PopSugar
“Reid’s novel so resembles a memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Reid is unsurpassed in her ability to create complex characters working through emotions that will make your toes curl.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Reid delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s and ’70s in this expertly wrought novel. Mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir . . . Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book’s prose is propulsive, original, and often raw.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An insightful story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Reid is a stunning writer whose characters are unforgettable and whose stories are deeply emotional. . . . Her most gripping novel yet.”—Emily Giffin, author of All We Ever Wanted
“Reid’s writing is addictive and all-consuming. Filled with passion, complexity, and fascinating detail, Daisy Jones & The Six felt so real, I had to remind myself that it was fiction.”—Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost
“From the very first page you know this book is something special. Taylor Jenkins Reid brings insight and poetry to a story that’s utterly unique and deeply authentic, one that transports you to world of seventies rock—with all its genius and temptation and creativity—so completely it feels like you’re there.”—Katherine Center, author of How to Walk Away
“Raw, emotive, and addictively voyeuristic, Daisy Jones & The Six is imbued with the same anguished heart that fuels the very best rock ‘n’ roll. Like my favorite albums, this book will live with me for a very long time.”—Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus
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At least, that's what I've learned this week.
In this novel, an intriguing concept - an oral history of a legendary 70s era musical act featuring a magnetic singer - is meekly executed. The characters (including said "magnetic" singer) lack character, and there is little suspense or drama. The journey of Daisy Jones & The Six is serendipitous rather than dramatic. Unfortunately, serendipitous tales are tedious reading. Standard rock scene tropes (the drugs, the groupies, the excess brought by fame) are dutifully trotted out, but there is very little here that feels authentic or grabs one's attention.
I'm not sure why there is so much enthusiasm for this novel. Frankly, I'm reminded of recent news stories reporting that many "user reviews" posted to online marketplaces and review sites are actually fabricated (think marketing) pieces. At very least, most of the hyper-enthusiastic Amazon reviews appear to be from readers who were given advance copies (and so have an incentive to over-hype what they receive). Either or both of these is a plausible explanation for the 4.5 star rating here on Amazon.
In any case, I found this novel unremarkable - a 2 star work at best.
Let me start with how realistic this book felt. You will probably think I am dumb, but I honestly forgot this book is a fictional book about a fictional band. It is told so vividly and accurately that I went and googled Daisy & the Six. I kid you not. I am not ashamed to admit it. I totally did!
The format of this book is completely different that any other book. It did take me a minute or five to get used to it, but once I did, there was no stopping those pages from turning. I can't see this book told any other way. It was perfect for this story. And the why it was told this way does reveal itself towards the end, which made the story even more profound.
These characters. I was worried because of the way Reid was telling the story that I wouldn't be able to connect to any of them. I was wrong. I connected to these characters so deeply. I didn't want their story to end. I wanted everyone to have unicorns and rainbows by the end. I was totally invested in them throughout the entire book.
I want to address something about this book and early reviews I have seen. I don't do this often, hardly ever, but I feel the need to point some things out. I have seen some mark this book with triggers. Let me be clear, there aren't actual incidences where any form of a trigger warning would be necessary. This book is about a band in the 70s and 80s. If you know anything about that time, especially about bands in that era, it was sex, drugs, and rock n roll. This book depicts those things vividly, but not in detail. Does the book mention they do drugs? Yes. Does it mention promiscuous sex? Yes. Does it mention sex and females of questionable age? Yes. Notice I used the word mention. There aren't details. There is a depiction of what was going on in that time era. So, if you see reviews that make you leary, I would take them lightly.
I think this book will be a top book of the year for me. I know, it's early, but this book is THAT good. I can't give it enough praise. I truthfully cannot think of a negative thing to say about it.
I love, loved, LOVED every page and it’s already a contender for Top Ten of 2019 for me – and 2019 hasn’t even begun. Here are some of the reasons why:
It’s REAL – the good, the bad, the ugly: As someone who truly “came of age” in the 70s, this book really caught the vibe. The book captures a time before sound-effects-gone-wild dominated the music industry. Taylor Jenkins Reid captures the atmosphere superbly.
It’s INSIGHTFUL: These are characters who are passionate about their music, their lives, and each other. They yearn, they love, they bleed. They experience the push and pull between the lure of temptation and staying on the right path. They don’t always succeed, but wow do they try.
It’s INTELLIGENT: This isn’t the same hashed-over story of a band’s meteoric rise and plunge back to earth. Billy Dunne is an artist with issues, sure, but he’s also a person who survives despite his instincts. “My instincts said to run toward the chaos. But my better brain sent me home to my woman.” Daisy Jones is a gorgeous pill-popping immensely talented singer, but she’s also an artist with a complicated inner life and a yearning for a man she cannot have. Every single band member comes alive in this book.
It’s EMOTIVE: There were scenes and lines that made me sit there and cry. Or laugh. Or cheer. As a character-driven reader, I look for characters that could step outside the pages. I felt as if I knew these band members.
It’s ORIGINAL: The fictional book is set up like an oral history compiled and edited from conversations and transcripts, with a surprise at the end. Not only does the author invent a band but also the story behind it – and there’s even a playlist that accompanies it.
I can go on and on but I’ll end this review with two words: Read it! I promise, you’ll be hooked.