Daisy

Set in the 1970s, “Daisy Jones & The Six” is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest book that follows the lives of members in a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band and their relationships with music, fame and addiction.

The reviews keep coming in and “Daisy Jones & The Six” is climbing to the top of the charts. It’s getting all sorts of recognition, including Reese Witherspoon adding this to her book club reading list.

Also, it’s already been announced that this book is being made into a TV series, and I. Am. Ready.

“Daisy Jones & The Six” is about a singer named Daisy Jones who joins an up-and-coming band called The Six in the 1970s. Daisy is full of raw, untapped talent but has no form of control or practice with singing, but she starts to grow in popularity because of her amazing voice and her natural beauty. The Six is a rock band with an enigmatic “unofficial” leader -- Billy Dunne -- that wants to make it big but also stay loyal to their sound.

And when they join together to create music, it changes the American music landscape.

The book is narrated through interviews and is formatted that way. I was skeptical about this at first about whether that would take away from the emotion and connection with the characters, but it actually worked in the book’s favor. I quickly jumped right into the world of “Daisy Jones & The Six” and soon had no issues with reading the book’s interview style format.

This book is about raw musical talent. It’s about love. It’s about addiction. It’s about fame and all of its downsides. It focuses on a lot of different subjects but my core emotional experience when reading this was full of passion and very cathartic.

Throughout the book, I really wanted to hate Daisy’s character but I just couldn’t. She seems to hurt a lot of people, including herself, but she deals with issues like drug addiction that just break your heart and really make you feel for her. Reading about the amount of drugs she was using was really hard to get through, especially with the increased awareness about the harmful effects of drugs that we have now looking back on the 1970s.

Daisy and Billy might not seem like it at times but they’re different sides of the same coin. Daisy struggles with a drug problem without wanting to get clean, and Billy tries to live his life as a famous musician without falling into past patterns of drug and alcohol abuse. While these situations might seem different at first, it becomes clear how drawn to each other Daisy and Billy are.

While I don’t love Billy’s personality and a lot the decisions that he makes (I’m trying really hard to avoid spoilers right now), he’s one of the best characters I have ever read in a book. He’s not really a good person but by the end of the book, you know him. You know Billy Dunne at a deep emotional level. It’s an extremely intimate experience. All I can say is well done, Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Daisy and Billy are definitely the two main characters of the book and also the main characters in the minds of the people closest to them, which really makes this book super interesting. But even with this in mind, the characters I love more than anything are Graham and Camila.

Graham has lived in the shadow of his older brother Billy for most of his life and is just as full of passion and dedication as Billy, but Graham has the heart to go with it. I secretly wish the author would write a follow-up book that’s about 1,000 pages long and just narrates Graham’s every thought. But alas, I somehow doubt that plan is on the table.

Camila is one of the coolest female characters I have ever encountered. She’s Billy’s wife and mother to their kids, and she seems to have one of those rare old souls even at a young age. Camila is wise, loving and strong, and I admire how she knows exactly what she wants in life.

And the lyrics. The lyrics to the fictional songs that they write are as important to the book as the characters themselves. The lyrics of all their songs are also compiled at the end of the book and you get to see the full glimpse into Daisy and Billy’s emotions through them.

There’s one lyric that absolutely stuck with me even after I finished the book: “When you think of me, I hope it ruins rock ‘n’ roll.” That’s what “Daisy Jones & The Six” is -- raw, broken, passionate and full of music that you can somehow feel deep in your bones.

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.

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