Nutshell Book Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Reading Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, felt like the best kind of holiday. In a year where enjoying a vacation seems nigh on impossible, this may just be the type of novel that takes you away from yourself and lands you some place truly great. Somewhere where you can take a break from it all and just be absorbed by something fun, in a way you haven’t been for a long, long time.

I think it’s unlikely, although not impossible, that readers of this blog won’t know the 70’s rock band Fleetwood Mac. If you’ve never heard of them, then you are in for a treat and yes, that’s definitely a YouTube rabbit hole you should fall down. Their most famous album was Rumours and to this day, it is still one of the top ten best selling albums of all time. As one might expect, such brilliance came at a price and you don’t have to dig too deeply into the history of the band to find out what went wrong.

Taylor Jenkins Reid very loosely based Daisy Jones & The Six on Fleetwood Mac and it works brilliantly, because you pretty much know from the get go, how things will end. Whether it’s Fleetwood Mac or any other band, we’ve all heard the tales of hard drinking, drug taking and sex on tour; of lives lived in the public eye and enjoying every excess available.

In this novel The Six is a rock band that has achieved a considerable degree of success. They have a charismatic frontman, Billy Dunne, who can both write great songs and looks the part. Enter Daisy Jones, a 70’s ‘It Girl’ who can match Dunne on every front and brings an electric chemistry to the band. Together they write Aurora and so begins the stuff of Rock’n’Roll legend. From their first meeting to their last performance, this is a car crash waiting to happen and oh, it’s such fun to read!

Work suffered, sleep suffered, everything suffered and for three days I was totally absorbed. Even more impressively, at the end of the book, Taylor Reid has included the lyrics for all the songs on her imagined album. As I read through, I couldn’t help but wonder whether she had ever set them to music and, if she had, if the world would ever hear them?  Then I realized the truth. Of course, we will hear these songs one day, because there’s no way in the world that Daisy Jones & The Six doesn’t end up becoming the kind of movie that everyone will want to see, just as surely as it’s the kind of book everyone wants to read. No way in the world.