Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3 out of 5)

I’m going to be part of the unpopular vote with this one. Everyone on Goodreads and Shamazon LOVES this book. I liked it a lot. But I didn’t LOVE it. Everyone else freaking loved it. I’m assuming everyone else didn’t mind the similarities to the well-publicized relationship between one Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of a little group called Fleetwood Mac. Or the similarities in vibe to the movie “Almost Famous”. Sweetwater were not Daisy Jones & The Six, but the vibe-and the decade-rang true in the book. I enjoyed this book more than her previous book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. But not so much that I rave that it was life changing, amazing, etc. It was very good. That’s the best I will give it. It is currently available in hardcover from the folks at Ballantine Books.

Daisy Jones is a meteor streaking across the night sky; unchecked and undiscovered. Until she is discovered singing and gets signed to a record contract. The confident and unbridled Daisy continues getting high, drinking champagne, all the while steadfastly refusing to make the record that the record company wants made, because they don’t take her book of lyrics seriously. Meanwhile, the band The Six, led by brooding Billy Dunne, is starting to break on through on the scene and get noticed. A record company exec suggests a list of female singers to guest vocalize on one of The Six’s songs. Daisy ends up being the guest vocalist, magic results, and despite (or because of) the dynamic between Daisy and Billy, she ends up as part of the band. Another band famously sang that “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, and this is true here. Daisy continues to fight expectations set upon her because she’s a woman (strangely relevant now!) and does her own thing. Billy continues to light up the sky until he crashes and enters rehab. His marriage and kids continue to be a beacon for him, but it’s oh-so-hard to fight his feelings for Daisy. The band and its members begin to drift apart on their own trajectories of bruised feelings when Daisy and Billy’s emotional tango overtakes the rest of the band. It ends as spectacularly as it begins, but there’s a ray of hope in the final pages. Good stuff, overall. But as I said, I have viewed this particular soap opera in different forms of media through the years. It was also crystal clear what was going to happen between Daisy and Billy. I almost hoped they still didn’t care for one another, and ended up enemies. Instead, Reid put them on the tried and true route of star-crossed forbidden lovers that were not lovers. I was reading the descriptions of Daisy and Russell singing on one of the songs and the entire description reminded me of that recent crap on the Oscars, between Bradley Pooper and Lady Gaga. That song was everywhere and so was the speculation about them being lovers, etc. Where’s the novel with the free spirit short circuiting the band with her talent and offending the establishment? I guess I have to write it! This was NOT that. Reid writing it in the form of an oral history made it easy to get into it. The other members of the band were fleshed out and you felt like you knew all of them personally. You felt the rock n’ roll buzz throughout. The only thing that was missing was the element of surprise and the spark of spontaneity. And that was a giant buzzkill. Good read? Yes. Great read? Far from it, in my opinion.

~ by generationgbooks on March 19, 2019.

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