One of the books I was most excited to read this year was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I did the happiest of happy dances when my copy arrived in the mail on Monday. And it absolutely did not disappoint! I tore through that sucker. I tried to drag it out but I couldn’t help but finish it last night. (I consoled myself by downloading the full cast audiobook.)
Where to begin? I love Taylor Jenkins Reid! She is hands-down my favorite contemporary author. I picked up her book, Maybe in Another Life, a couple of years ago. I loved it so much that I bought everything else she’d written to that point. I pre-ordered The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo shortly after I finished those. Talk about a glow-up. A novel about an actress from Hollywood’s Golden Age whose life made the papers but no one ever really knew the full story. Reid made Evelyn feel so real that I wanted to watch all of her movies. She does the same amazing thing in Daisy Jones and the Six.
It’s about Daisy Jones, wild child and songwriter. It’s also about Billy Dunne, lead singer and control freak. About how they came to be a band and then not be a band. It reads like a music documentary--one of my fave things in the world--and reminds me a little of Almost Famous. The characters discuss their lives, how they made their music, the dynamics of the band, and all things in between. I couldn’t put it down. Well worth the wait!
One of the things I keep reading from people who’ve finished the book is how real the characters feel. It’s something Reid managed to do in Seven Husbands as well. Her characters feel so fully fleshed that you want to Google them, find out all the little details, look at pictures of them. I found myself wanting to listen to Aurora while I was reading the book, as they were talking about each song.
If you’re like me, wishing you could listen to Aurora (the only Daisy Jones & the Six record in the world of the book), never fear. Random House created an amazing mix on Spotify below. If that’s not enough, Reese Witherspoon is a producing the miniseries of the book for Amazon. The soundtrack is sure to be amazing. Something else to look forward to!
What have you been reading that you couldn’t put down?