I couldn’t not pick up this book after hearing all the amazing things that were said about it, so I did! And it completely lived up to expectations.
The novel follows the band, ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’, and there tumultuous rise and fall from fame in the golden age of the 70s. The book is sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll!
Their whole lives together are presented as an interview transcript. The format really allows the reader to get to know the characters; we hear opinions of people that adore them, loathe them, we understand initial opinions, quick judgments and thoughts in hindsight. We learn about the complex relationships and gossip with the characters. It feels like we’re there as confidants, and are listening to offer counsel and advice for the future. Unfortunately, Jenkins pushes on and the reader is left behind, longing to be a part of the rest of their lives.
This being said, there is a real conclusiveness to the ending. We get a follow up chapter, and take a peep into the ‘where are they now’, which left me intensely satisfied. All my burning questions were answered, namely those of sobriety. To be honest, any extension of this would be disappointing. They had their lives, and we followed them at their peak, which is enough.
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story. ”
Yes! Powerful and dynamic women who support each other and demand recognition, vulnerable men, manic meltdowns and amazing music. I’ve never wanted to listen to an album as much as Aurora, and am convinced that the majority of people will be frantically looking for covers of those beautifully written songs once the book is finished.
Daisy Jones & The Six is a perfect example of a novel designed to be devoured in a day. And then reread the next day. It’s so compelling that it feels like binge-watching!