“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
After finishing Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew that I would love it before going into it, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. I gave it 5 stars and am now trying to force my family to read it. I’ve never cared too much about music, but Daisy Jones and the Six made me care so much more than I ever thought I would, especially Rock and Roll.
I never listen to books on audio because I have a hard time following along, but this audio-book was amazing. The book is told in an interview format and each character has a different actor playing them. The actors that were cast are well known (ex. Judy Greer played one of the main characters, Karen Karen) and truly brought the characters to life. I listened to this audio-book in one day and, for the most part, I laid in my bed doing nothing but listening to this book. If you have the chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio-book. It brings the book to life and gives the characters so much more depth.
Speaking of the characters, they were all amazing and beautifully written. They all have their flaws but individually brought so much to offer. Billy, Camilla, and Daisy were my favorite characters. Starting with Billy. He wasn’t a good brother to Graham, but despite it he was still such a great character. It bothered me to how controlling he was, but he only had good intentions and truly thought what he was doing the best for everyone. It was incredibly interesting to see him become addicted to drugs, but also come back from it and struggle with the choice to remain sober every day. It was such a contrast to Daisy as she struggled with addiction until the very end of the story. Daisy may have been controlled by her addiction a lot of the time, but she was so much more than that. The way she loved so hard made for such a beautifully tragic story with Billy. She was so confident and always did what she wanted, which I admired her for. Finally, Camilla may have been controlling, but she always did what she had to so she could keep her family together. Without her, so many of the characters would be completely different people (and not for the better), especially Daisy Jones.
I didn’t like Eddie or Graham as people, but similar to all other characters, they brought so much to the story. Eddie was the character that helped show the other character’s flaws and showed the negatives to what Billy was doing. Graham said some things that were inexcusable, but I believe he was treated poorly by his brother and had to deal with a lot of things on his own since his only family couldn’t bother with him.
I thought that Simone was an amazing friend. She was exactly the person that Daisy needed in her life and through Simone, Daisy found some type of stability in a relationship. She understood that she couldn’t control and fix Daisy, only Daisy could do that for herself. The line that Simone said to her about them being blinking lights, was so sweet and exactly what Daisy needed to hear at that moment.
My favorite part of this book was Daisy and Billy’s relationship. I truly believe that him leaving the band for Camilla and his kids were exactly how the book should have ended, but Billy and Daisy’s tragic relationship was the best part of the book. There was something so poetic about how strongly they felt about each other, but Daisy knew that he was Camilla’s. Even Billy felt so strongly about Daisy that he never truly admitted how strong his feelings were. They were so in love with each other, but Billy had kids and a wife. The hopeless romantic in me will forever believe that after the note that Camilla wrote, Billy and Daisy found their way back to each other and will finally be able to begin their story together. Daisy deserves her happy ending and the love that she wanted when she married Niccolo.
Overall, it has been a few days since I finished Daisy Jones and the Six, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I don’t see myself not thinking about this book for a while as it was so impactful and beautiful. I can’t wait to read more by Taylor Jenkins Reid, especially The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’m so excited about the TV adaptation of this book, especially because of the music and seeing the album cover.
P.S. I will never be able to listen to “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac and not think of Daisy Jones and the Six. I don’t have an explanation for this statement, it is just the way things are now.