Primary Genre(s): Fiction
Published: 5 Mar 2019 by Ballantine Books
Page count: 368
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Would I recommend it: Probably not
Commission Link: Buy on Amazon
My rating: ★★☆☆☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
This is one of those books that has had a lot of hype and I was looking forward to reading it for myself. I was generally unimpressed and my opinion appears to be an unpopular one. Here are my pros and cons, in reverse order:
- This story is filled with despicable human beings. It is not enjoyable for me to read about people who have everything going for them and basically destroy their lives (via cheating, drugs, alcohol, etc.) and then wonder what went wrong. This literally felt like listening to 9 hours of cheating, drug use and self-destruction with very little redeeming quality to it at all. Every “rock band” stereotype you can think of was incorporated into this book.
- The relationship between Billy and Daisy was superficial to me. I wasn’t feeling it.
- I had no real emotional connection with most of the characters… unless you count disgust.
- Daisy was a narcissistic, entitled, spoiled brat. Period.
- The book was written as an interview transcript and I think the reveal of the interviewer’s identity was supposed to be a big “gasp” moment… but it was quite uneventful in my opinion.
- Even the reason for the band’s ultimate break up was unsatisfying for me. I was expecting something a bit more exciting.
- The story felt very derivative of the movie A Star is Born. I just couldn’t get the similarities out of my head while reading this! While writing this review I decided to check online to see if anyone else felt the same way and I found an interview the author did with Rolling Stone where she noted the similarities herself!
- The audiobook performance was top-notch. One of the best multi-cast, dramatic readings I have experienced in a long time… and considering I didn’t love the book that is saying a lot. The great narration was part of what made me finish this book.
- The book started off with a bang. I was actually pretty interested until Daisy joined The Six and they started performing together.
- The last few sentences of the book were amazing and a bit sad.
- Camila was the only character in the book that I actually felt anything for… mainly because of what she had to put up with!
Here we go again! I find myself not agreeing with the majority about a book. As of today (8/1/2019) this book has a 4.24 rating with almost 82,000 reviews on Goodreads, but I can’t bring myself to give it more than 2 stars (which means the book was just okay in my opinion).
I’m a bit disappointed in this book, to be honest. I love the author’s other books and I will continue to read her future work, but I was expecting something way more exciting and fun here! Nothing really happens in the book – Daisy joined The Six, they wrote songs, they performed together, they fought, the played mind games, they acted immaturely, they cheated, they lied, they did drugs, they broke up, the end. The story felt directionless and I just can’t get past the self-destructive behavior, the superficial emotional nonsense, and the general flatness of this story. It wasn’t enjoyable.
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