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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

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Daylight savings time always kills me a bit, so today's book needs to be one that has a lot of energy and

Daisy Jones & the Six

2023 Frenzied Bibliophile Challenge Category: PopSugar Challenge (Book becoming a TV Series in 2023)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Will you like this book? You might if you like:

  • Fleetwood Mac, especially Stevie Nicks

  • VH1’s Behind the Music

  • The songwriting process

  • Sex, drugs and rock and roll

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book; it is one that I’ve had forever. I loved the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but I wasn’t sure what to expect as everyone seems to love it and it was going to be made into a TV series. Would it live up to the hype?

Fears were unnecessary, this book was excellent. The behind-the-music style of the story really made the book for me. I liked the back and forth and the fact that within one page you could get three different takes on one event. It was like reading a novel with not one, but at least seven unreliable narrators. And maybe it was me, but I felt that it was in the words of those people on the fringes, like Simone, where Reid was telegraphing to the reader what the “real” story. And also we should listen to Graham, because Graham doesn’t really give a f*ck, he is there for the music and the women.

This is a character driven book, I mean there is of course some action, but we are mostly dealing with these people and their creative process.There are so many different types of love explored: familial, parental, romantic, career. Maybe the crazy thing in life is to think that they all have to be wrapped up in each other. Billy loves his brother, his wife, his children, and he also loves the music that he makes with Daisy. There is no one else that he feels the fire to create with - sharing that with her is a struggle but once they open those flood gates, what they made is magical. But that love is one that is not going to last, it is going to burn itself out. Camilla knows this and she holds fast to Billy because she knows that for him to have a real life, he needs her as his anchor. She does it for Daisy too, she points her in the direction of what is going to fulfill her outside of music.

I loved the reveal that it is Julia that is doing the documentary. It is amazing how much Billy is willing to open himself up and tell his daughter these things, the thoughts that he had as a new dad, a dad to her. I also love the implication that Daisy and Billy might get together now that Camilla has passed on. Here is the proof that life doesn’t have to end when you are in your 50s!

I think one of the things I liked about the book is that it takes place in a very specific moment in time, Reid takes the reader right into the action. And there was just enough drama but it doesn’t veer into melodrama which I appreciate. I also like that you get everything in short snippets :)

I’m definitely going to watch the series, but I need to give it a few months. I need to forget the book a bit so that I can enjoy the series cause right now I am a little too close to the material.

So yay, one of my favorite books of the year so far!

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