5 “color me impressed” stars
Would have I read this very hyped book if I hadn’t been pushed? No.
When I read it was about a band and there would be drugs and excess, I was not interested. Drugs are one of my triggers in books due to a friend plunging in that hell when I was a teenager.
But one of my friends, Daisy @DGBookBlog made a bargain with me: I would read “her” book and she would read one of my YA fantasy, Six of Crows. Each of us going outside of our comfort zone.
As Kaz Brekker would say “the deal is the deal”.
Even with this, would have I finished the book if it had been a physical book that I read? No.
I am pretty sure I would have lost interest due to the special “format” with multiple POV and interviews.
But listening to that story was …fabulous!
This format was meant to be read by these excellent narrators! All along I felt like watching one of my husband’s documentaries with war veterans retelling their memories.
I was so amazed that I began looking for that band and their songs that I never had heard before …. Just to realize that they never existed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had absolutely no idea as I went into this book mostly blind!
And that’s when the extent of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s talent hit me like a Macktruck!
This sounded so real!
These people felt like real old band members, now retired and retelling their lives and adventures in vivid details.
I never found a moment, a sentence where this felt like a fictional story!
I am still in shock.
For nearly two hours of listening to part of that audiobook I was so convinced it was a biography.
What will you find in this story?
You will follow the lives of six band members plus their wife, friend and manager alongside one addition: the famous Daisy Jones.
We get a slice of their lives in the late 1970ies when they’ll be thrown together to collaborate on an album and then tour the US.
Prior that time, you’ll learn who Daisy Jones was, from some sentences about her childhood with neglectful parents to her early experience with sex and drugs. Her friendship with the singer Simone, who will be the only person always in her corner. Completely honest with her and never letting Daisy down.
Daisy will live her life as if she had not one care in the world. You could take her like she was or leave her. She would NOT compromise.
Daisy has things to tell and sing. She had an enormous talent. But in the beginning, she wasn’t heard by producers. Until one day she’ll meet Teddy, also the producer of The Six.
When Daisy will join The Six, who was basically Billy Dunne’s band, it will give something phenomenal but also extremely layered, conflicted and painful.
Daisy was using drugs. Over abusing drugs. To fill the void. To mask feelings. To forget that she will come to love someone that won’t be able to be with her.
Billy was the leader of the band and former alcoholic and drug addict. He was in recovery as he decided that he loved his wife and wanted to be worthy of his family. He was a genius at music too but Daisy was hard to be around given her way of life, her excess.
I won’t tell more about the plot.
This book is of course about a band playing rock n roll in the 70ies but more than that, this is a book about feelings. About temptations. About acting like someone you want to become. About resisting the fall because you know that it would destroy you. It’s a story about hope and trust when you love a former addict and band member.
It’s about not wanting perfect kids, perfect life or a perfect husband. But wanting YOUR life, YOUR kids, YOUR husband.
It’s about finding your soul mate, someone who looks so much like you that you don’t have to talk to communicate. But you know that person is like fire to your fire. And it will only destroy you. What you need to live is water. And so you choose that person who is water for you and turn your back to the one you love.
Its’ about the complexity of human relationship, about a battle of ego. It’s about evolving as a band, letting everyone have a say but still being in the lead.
It’s brilliant, it’s raw, it’s messy and it’s extraordinarily REAL!
Thank you Daisy, for bossing me up and having me finally read the book I never would have read without you!
Have you read this one? Or made such a deal with another friend?
Thanks for reading!