For those of you who didn’t know, I am a huge fan of classic rock music. So, when Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest novel, Daisy Jones and The Six was one of my choices for this month’s Book of the Month, I knew that I had to chose that one. Now, I’ve always wanted to read her other book, the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a book that was all of the rage on bookstagram and recommended to me by several friends. Hopefully, I will get to reading that. Anyways, I figured in the meantime, I can get a taste of Reid’s writing by diving head first into this wonderful book.
The novel is about Daisy Jones, a wanderer who just wants to make it in the music business. It is also about the up and coming band, the Six. The two come together on a song entitled Honeycomb, and soon they decide to create an album. However, when lust, drugs and of course, ego gets in the way, it is nothing short of a disaster.
Now, the novel is told in an interview format where each of the characters were interviewed over a period of eight years. I liked that format, because it made the novel go through quickly. What I also liked about the format is that it felt like I was watching a classic rock documentary. That format of writing helped me visualize the story, which I really liked.
I also liked that format, because it helped me see each character’s point of view of the story, whether it may be the chemistry of Daisy and Billy, the commentaries about the music, and so much more.
Furthermore, what I also liked about the book was that it felt like it was an authentic documentation of the ‘70s rock era – you have big egos, hookups and temptation and drug addiction. Addiction rang heavily throughout the novel. You have Daisy’s addiction to the party scene and drugs. You have Billy who struggled with breaking sobriety all while keeping a family. The novel chronicled those addictions and showcased that struggle in a way that was believable.
Overall, I really loved this book. It introduced me to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, and made me hunger for more. But, then again, that’s what I love most about Book of the Month – you get to try a little something new. Now, I can’t wait for the TV show. . .