Taylor Jenkins Reid
published: 7th March 2019
Drift down sun-bleached streets
Lose yourself in the California sound
Find beauty in a dirty bar
Love like your life depends on it
Carry on after the party stops
Believe in what you’re fighting for
Fall for Daisy Jones and the Six
Galley provided by publisher
TWs: drug and alcohol abuse, addiction
Daisy Jones and the Six may be the most “it’s not you, it’s me” book I’ve read, at least recently. Because it’s genuinely not my kind of genre. I requested it because I had heard good things about Taylor Jenkins Reid. And this is a good book, don’t get me wrong. It just didn’t work for me.
Basically, it’s told as a collection of interviews by the “author”, of Daisy Jones, her friend Simone, and people associated with the band The Six. It’s about a group of flawed people and how the band slowly falls apart. It’s a good story if you can get properly invested in the characters, because it will tear at your heart as you watch these people make bad decisions and not communicate.
The problem for me was that I couldn’t do that. I wasn’t fully invested in all the characters, so it didn’t really hurt me when things started to go wrong. Honestly, I continued reading for Billy and Camila (typical of me, right?), and because I wanted to know how they would end up, but beyond them, I wasn’t hugely invested. Yes, it made me sad in a way to see these people messing up, but from an outsider’s perspective I guess. For the right person, this will be a gutwrenching book to be sure, but I was clearly not the right person.
Despite that, it’s obvious that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a really good author, with the perfect knack of being able to make you feel for characters even if you don’t like them (as people or just as characters). I definitely felt like the characters did grow on me a bit throughout the course of the book. And her writing is just so lovely. It was a shame I didn’t like it more. (I live in hope that I’ll like some of her other books though!)
I think the major problem I have with this genre (for me) is the lack of plot. Because it’s all character-driven or character studies and not much actually happens. And I just like a lot of action, really, which is why I don’t often read “literary fiction” or whatever it’s called (general fiction?). I did hope this one would be different, but in the end, although the book was good, I just wasn’t the right reader.