“Everyone knows Daisy Jones and the Six. 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. The only object that’s certain is that from the occasion Daisy Jones walked, barefoot, on to the stage at the Whisky, the band were irrevocably changed… This is the story of their incredible rise and fall. The ambition, the desire, the heartbreak and the music. Everyone was there. Everyone remembers it differently.”
This book rocked my world. Before I go on, this is a spoiler review, so whether you don’t want to know yet what happens, come back later after you read it.
Goodbye non-spoiler people.
Alright, this book was just amazing. Utterly, fantastically amazing. The kind of book that grips you from the beginning and pulls you down to soil by the end. It was just brilliant. I finally understand the booktok hype.
I picked up this book at Dymocks not expecting a lot from it but it pleasantly surprised me. The characters, although flawed are lovable enough that you feel for them. You truly feel for them. They drive the story into this crescendo of noise and chaos, enrapturing the mind of the reader.
The ending is what made it a five star read. I’ll be honest, the first one hundred pages was “eh” at best. Notwithstanding, I devoured the ultimate few hundred pages with such speed and dexterity that I couldn’t help but feel all these emotions by the ending. That ending was priceless.
It felt like I was watching a documentary. I loved the added touch that the “writer” is Julia, Billy’s daughter. It was saddening to read that Camila died before the ending. It felt like a realistic ending for the character notwithstanding. That this powerhouse of a woman was able to live her life and enjoy her family. Camila became one of my favourite characters. Her ability to forgive Billy was just heart wrenching.
I wish that Billy got more punishment for being such an ass to his wife and family. Yes he cleaned up his act at the end and it portrays real life, that people are flawed and you must love them for their flaws… I still was mad at him though. Especially at the end.
Daisy frustrated me, but in a good way. Like Billy, she struggled with her addictions in a realistic way. I found her portrayal of her character very moving by the end. The last confrontation between Daisy and Camila, made me cry. It was this ultimate chorus that the book needed. Camila accepting her husband’s flaws and pushing Daisy to accept hers. Her marriage to that guy was… well… laughable.
Graham and Karen’s storyline was my favourite out of the bunch. I think it really captured a very heavy topic in a way that didn’t feel forced. I just loved the empowerment Karen had for choosing her own path, rather than what society dictates a woman should act. Grahame just acted like a love sick puppy the whole time.
I honestly forget the rest of the band members. They were easily replaceable and none of them really stood out at the end. That’s where I thought was lost. The side characters were just there for more noise and chaos, rather than having an overall purpose.
Overall, this became a 5 star read for me. I highly recommend it.