A good eighteen months after I read and adored The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I finally picked up my second Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, and so to say that I enjoyed it is a huge understatement. This story captured my heart from the start and took me on a ride through the 70’s rock n’ roll scene that I will never forget, and one that I will never stop recommending other people experience as well.
Daisy Jones is an icon and no one can tell me differently.
From the moment we are introduced to her as a lost teenager acting older than her years, I fell in love with her unapologetic nature and desire to simply be someone in her own right, not just someone’s muse. She is bold, wild and intense in all the best and worst ways and one of the most powerful and intensely memorable characters I have ever read about.
But it wasn’t just Daisy who was I adored, as all of the female characters in this book are some of the strongest and most powerful I have ever read about. They are all so unapologetic about who they are and know their worth, with Camilla and Karen being two quite different people who represent different women and their attitudes towards motherhood. The relationships between them is also so well represented and real, and I will argue with anyone who claims that this book is not undoubtedly feminist in some of the best ways. The women truly are the stars of this book.
That said, all of the characters in this book are beautifully written with different personalities and flaws that make them feel so much like real people truly experiencing the 70’s rock n’ roll scene. Not all of them were likable, none of them were the same, and all of them were super interesting to read about.
Its no surprise that as a lover of books written in a unique way, I adored the format of this story. Not only did it make this book more memorable, but it also suited the story perfectly, making it all feel so much more authentic and real than it already does. We get to see everyone’s opinion and role in everything that happens without making the story feel too crowded or too confusing with too many voices.
Taylor Jenkins Reid will never cease to amaze me with how well she able to write stories and characters in such a way that it is sometimes impossible to remember that these are fictional tales and that these people never really existed. As with alot of people, I actually had to google The Six after finishing this story just to remind myself that there is no real-life counterpart because these characters all just felt way too real to be fictional.
Due to the nature of what this book is about, it is no surprise that is also sees Taylor Jenkins Reid discuss some heavy topics such as addiction and abortion. Although I have little personal experience with either of these, for me they were both dealt with and presented super well without any sort of softening or lessening of their impact on a person and those around them. Addiction is shown in its raw state rather than as something glamorous or as something unable to come back from, whilst abortion is shown in a much less negative light, demonstrating the conflict it can cause whilst also allowing a narrative of a women who doesn’t want children and is perfectly okay with that.
I was a little hesitant about how the music was going to be woven into the story, but soon it became one of my favourite aspects. Billy and Daisy’s little writing sessions were so interesting to read about and really provided us an insight into their thoughts and feelings whilst also giving us some beautiful lyrics. I would give anything to be able to listen to the songs whilst reading, and so its no surprise that bringing the songs to life is one of the aspects I am most anticipating in the adaptation.
This is a powerful, unforgettable story of the rise and fall of a band, their music and their lives, and is a book that has quickly become a new favourite of mine.
Have you read this book – what did you think? Do you agree with my thoughts?