This week I read Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Last summer, Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo held my interest, so when Book of the Month offered her latest as one of their options for March, the decision was practically made for me. Evelyn Hugo didn’t exactly make me laugh or cry, but she was interesting and kept me engaged. I didn’t want the story to be over. Those types of books tend to be bittersweet and leave me in a daze afterwards, searching Amazon for other works to help assuage my dilemma. Basically, I know the next item on my list won’t make me feel the same way: satisfied, but not exhausted.
I like the way the author blends the voices of several members of the fictional band The Six, along with the people who surrounded them during this entirely fictional experience. I knew the book was a complete work of fiction but around when they start mentioning the Grammys and Saturday Night Live, I wondered if I had it wrong. “DAISY: As soon as they left, Eddie called me and Karen back into the booth. And somebody, I don’t remember who, said I was good with kids. And then Eddie said, ‘I bet you’d make a great aunt’” (Reid 195). I found it interesting because you don’t typically hear those words. People are generally parent material, or not. How was the author so thoroughly presenting these individual, well-developed, coherent characters, along with song lyrics and pop culture, if it was entirely fabricated? I admit, I googled it. I found playlists inspired by The Six, but no work from the actual group. Despite painting a full, interesting, and believable cast of characters; they were just that, fictional characters. Reid had me second guess what I knew to be true, and I like that in an author.
I was surprised at the business with Karen and Graham. The author tackles a sensitive topic in a matter-of-fact manner. While I’ve never been specifically ambitious, I felt for Karen and the ending to her part of the biography was satisfying. Graham too, but I felt his reaction was designed as pretty typical. Not to stereotype, but she captured the stereotype.
“EDDIE: Billy and Daisy always believed they were the most interesting people in the world. And that album cover confirmed it for them.
BILLY: It’s a great cover.
DAISY: It’s iconic” struck me because the author draws out the personalities of the characters (229). As the whole novel unfolds, Eddie actually becomes my favorite character. He shows that Reid understands that all good things must come to an end. Billy represents pretty much every rock star of that era, and Eddie is everyone who is sick and tired of being pushed around.
I didn’t find that there was any specific sort of resolution to any specific problem. Early on in the book the terms of the agreement with Daisy Jones & The Six are defined as temporary. Once the probationary period expires, the group disbands. Each character goes on to various, fictional success and you can tie a bow around the story as a whole. The book is satisfying, all of my questions were answered, and I wasn’t left looking for a sequel.
Overall the book is worth reading and I’ll be adding more items from Reid to my shelf in the near future.
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