Holy shit. I can’t believe I was putting off reading such a gem of a book for so long! Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was absolutely INCREDIBLE and hands down one of my top five favorite books I’ve read this year 🙌🏻
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
I don’t even know where to begin to discuss how amazing this book was. I loved the way the story was written as an oral history by all of the members of the band, their family members, managers, friends, etc. it was such a cool way to get to know the characters and their perspectives. All of the characters were likable and I found Daisy’s, Billy’s and Camila’s characters to be incredibly vulnerable, raw and real. Taylor Jenkins Reid allowed me to feel everything that the characters were feeling and really empathize with them, and it was a beautiful thing. Can we talk about how incredibly badass Camila is?! I fucking LOVED her character SO MUCH. I felt that there was so much to learn from her, and I found myself incredibly inspired by her. I also enjoyed the brief cameo by Mick Riva at one of Daisy’s wild house parties (Mick Riva is Evelyn Hugo’s third husband and one of the main characters in TJR’s new book coming out next year, Malibu Rising). Another thing I absolutely loved about this book was how REAL the story felt. TJR did a beautiful job at really making you feel like Daisy Jones and The Six is a real band.
This story absolutely has a lot of dark moments that include heavy drug use, drug addiction, alcoholism, infidelity, abortion, heartbreak, etc. But along with that, there is so much beauty to balance it out – forgiveness, faith, hard work, family, friendship, love, laughter, miracles, achieving dreams, etc. I was truly captivated by all of it.
I am just super impressed by this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid is SUCH an incredible writer and I am just truly blown away by her work every time. I am also super excited to hear that this book is getting a TV adaptation 😍 if you have not yet read Daisy Jones and The Six, I highly recommend that you place it at the top of your TBR list — you can thank me later 💁🏻♀️
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is best paired with “What Did You Do, Ray? — Pina Colada Edition” by Nepenthe Brewing Co. This incredibly delicious pineapple coconut milkshake IPA was brewed with 63 lbs of marshmallow fluff, double dry-hopped with heaps of Mosaic, Simcoe, and Denali, then conditioned on hundreds of pounds of pineapple puree, coconut cream, fresh vanilla beans, and milk sugar 🍻