While reading this book, I noted the following in my journal, which I know is a quote, but where from? Either the book itself, or a review of it. It doesn’t really matter, I suppose. I’ll just add that this is accurate when it comes to Daisy Jones and the Six.
“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones. So it makes sense that Daisy starts to find herself on the sunset strip. This glamorous seedy place.”
Daisy, if you haven’t figured it out, is a singer. And The Six were her band. And this is the story of them, their lives, their interactions, their heady fame and short-lived glamour. This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid, and it will definitely not be my last.
It’s written as a series of recorded interviews with key people from the time of their fame and after. You’ll be forgiven, if like me, you keep thinking this is history, not historical FICTION (mostly fiction). The band, and Daisy are so unforgettable and real, you will want to go and find their music to read more about them. Apparently the author immersed herself in 70s rock – Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt to mention a few. It shows. There are even a few (fictional) lyrics from Daisy’s and The Six’s own hands – which I loved, because it seemed to add an extra layer of authentication.
And that, probably is the single factor (if I have to narrow it down) that made me love this book so much. I loved the authenticity. It’s amazing when gorgeous flawed characters reflect our humanity in all its forms from the brokenness to the moments of extraordinary courage and beauty. This story was set in the 70s, in LA, mainly, and the sense of place was extraordinarily beautiful.
There were lots of favourite moments, which I won’t explain, because spoilers. Suffice to mention the relationships – Karen and Graham, Daisy and Billy, Camila and Billy, were so real and raw and honest and I gasped and wept and laughed and cried.
A full and fabulous 5 stars to this brilliant book.
You might also enjoy Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.
Here’s a link to my last round of recommendations. Yes, I know it was a long time ago – I’ve been a bad blogger, but as my gynaecologist told me last time I went – “You’re here now” I’m blogging. For now.