Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction
Age range: 15+
Content warning: *Abortion, Depictions of Mental Illness (Addiction, Anxiety, Depression), Cheating, Substance Abuse (Alcohol/Drugs), Eating Disorder, Unplanned Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Profanity, Sexual Themes, Self-harm, Parental Neglect*
I listened to this book in an audio format, and I highly recommend that everyone does this.
Taylor Jenkins Reid's 'Daisy Jones & The Six' and 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' are extremely reminiscent of one another. If you liked one, then I can almost guarantee you'll like the other.
Reading this book for the first time - not having read the blurb - and heading into this story blind, I was thrown off guard that we were delving into the life and the backstory of a singer and a rock and roll band from the seventies. We were introduced to so many characters very early on that played so many integral parts. And that came across as a little confronting, but that evoked confusion is deliberate.
This book is written in a documentary-style format that takes you across the span of years with Daisy Jones and the band known as The Six. It features their rise to fame, their challenges across that time, and their eventual split.
The characters were so well fleshed out already, and that was all the more satisfying with how well this book was narrated. Listening to how each character talked, the emotions in their voices, the pauses, the breathiness, and the laughter, gave the reader/listener this whole new depth in how they could submerge themselves into the story. I genuinely felt as if I was watching a proper interview with the characters, just without viewing it in front of me. I found it so incredibly fascinating.
The main themes behind the book were thought-provoking, but also really genuine in their mundaneness. All the characters' struggles were real-life struggles. All the conflicts were valid to the main storyline, but they were also complimentary to the time, and to the characters themselves. Nothing felt out of place or too extreme, or too far-fetched.
All in all, I think this book was a phenomenal read. However, for me, I found that I was comparing this book back to Evelyn Hugo a lot more than I wanted to. I loved that damn book, and because I loved that book, this one paled slightly in comparison. I think it will depend on what you read first. Should that turn you off this book? Absolutely not. Daisy Jones and The Six will be characters that I never let go of.
I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Graphic: Domestic abuse, Drug abuse, Emotional abuse, Self harm, Sexual content, Pregnancy, Mental illness, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Cursing, Misogyny, Addiction, Drug use, and Infidelity
Moderate: Child abuse, Toxic relationship, Self harm, Vomit, Injury/injury detail, Grief, Abandonment, Misogyny, Toxic friendship, Suicidal thoughts, Sexism, and Death of parent