For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.
I guess maybe it wasn’t fair to read this book immediately after finishing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo… Maybe I would have loved this book instead of just liked it. Maybe not.
Why this is a great book
I read this book in a day. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s not just me either. I’ve heard numerous fellow readers talk about how they flew through this book. It’s an addictive piece of literature.
What stopped me from loving it
I liked the idea of the whole story being told through interviews but it got a bit dull. I found it incredibly difficult to form connections with these characters. There was just something missing.
Like I said, maybe I shouldn’t have read this book right after finishing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (which I loved) but I feel like each book should be able to keep my interest regardless of when I read it.
I thought I’d connect to Daisy but she turned out to be a brat. Billy was extremely annoying and wasn’t so much the leader as he was the dictator of the band. I wanted to hear more about the “life on the road”, but it always got down to where Billy was and what he was doing and how he was struggling (which in itself I appreciated but it got tiring after a while).
I did like Karen but she’s more of a minor character. I can’t remember anyone else’s name.
I mean, I really enjoyed it and I flew through it. I didn’t want to stop reading. But it was all tell and no show, which of course is because of the interview-format.
I’m glad so many people enjoy it. It’s probably been one of the most hyped books of 2019 so far… I think I would give it 3,5 stars but since Goodreads won’t let me, I’ll give it 4.