Audiobook review: "Daisy Jones and The Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 Try not to faint, but we have a new blog post. And it`s a book review, how shocking is that? I know, I`m full of surprises lately. All jokes aside, I know blogging wasn`t my priority these past months. I`m not trying to justify it, my pregnancy and then motherhood were obviously my main focus. But although I've been absent, I`ve been reading more, and I`m hoping to be more active here. I can`t make any promises, but I`ll give it my best.

I`m not familiar with Reid`d previous work, although most people agree that "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" is her masterpiece. From what I can tell, it`s also the reason why this novel was a disappointment for others since it couldn`t keep up with Evelyn. In a way, it was a blessing I wasn`t familiar with her other books cause I did not know what to expect.

I think that I might have felt different about this book if I`d have read it in a different format. But as far as audiobooks go, it was a smashing success. The full cast did a phenomenal job bringing these characters to life and making you care about them. Sadly, as far as the story goes, things did not go as smoothly.

Daisy Jones and the Six were not a real band, but the main characters were inspired by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. I know some Fleetwood Mac songs, but I must admit I barely knew anything about the band members. I`m not sure what was the relationship between Nicks and Petty, but I don`t think it was as messy as the one between Daisy and Billy. And that`s the fun with fiction. You take something real, but then you can turn it into anything you want.

Anyway, let`s get back to the book. So we follow the band and Daisy`s early days before they were rock stars. Before we dig into it, I want to address some issues I`ve seen on some Goodreads reviews. Some thought that all the drugs and sex were unoriginal, and I strongly disagree. From everything I`ve seen and read, the 70s were like that and changing that would have hurt the narrative. The band felt so real because the characters felt real.

Speaking of the characters, I have mixed feelings. Daisy was the damaged rich girl, but after a while, I got tired of the shtick. Think of Serena from Gossip Girl or Marissa from The O.C. Yes, her parents didn`t care about her, but she didn`t have some big trauma to overcome. I felt she was very entitled, and expected everyone to cater to her needs. Billy was also damaged but in a different way. What I appreciated about his character was the fact that he wanted to be a better person. His wife, Camilla, was the shining star for me.

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Camilla was such a complex character, and I instantly fell in love with her. She worked hard for her future with Billy, despite his self-destructive tendencies. I know that Billy and Daisy were meant to be some star-crossed lovers, but I did not see that. They were damaged and obviously drawn to each other. But I also believe that Camilla was the love of his life. She was his balance. If he and Daisy got together, it would have fizzled out, cause they were bad for each other.

Despite being caught in a love triangle, I appreciated the fact that there was no pettiness. Although Daisy wanted Billy, there were some lines she wouldn`t cross. And Camilla still encouraged Daisy to get better, despite Daisy being in love with her husband. This connection and respect it`s not something we see often in books. I wasn`t too fond of the ending, but it made sense. As ar as the other characters go, except Karen and Graham, they were there to fill space. I was probably more invested in Karen and Graham`s story, and sad that it did not work out. But again, it was realistic.

When I first looked at reviews of "Daisy Jones and The Six" I was under the impression that this book is something you either love or hate. Personally, I think it`s a decent book, but not something sensational. The audiobook is amazing, but the story was forgettable. I`m very curious about the movie adaptation though, especially because I have a soft spot for Sam Claflin.


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