by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Release Date: March 5, 2019
My Review: ★★★★★
Full cast audio made this a highly interesting and immersive audio read. Well done.
There’s a lot to say for this book. It was a lot like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in the way it was organized like a sort of interview, media tell-all, sort of fictional autobiography. You got the history of this 70s rock star group, how they came to be, how they lived with fame and success, and how they fell apart, with all the sordid details along the way. Drugs, sex, rock and roll. Choices and consequences.
I liked how real this story seemed. How real the emotions were, like between Billy Dunn and Camilla and even Billy Dunn and Daisy Jones. And I think Karen Karen, the keyboard player, was maybe my favorite character. Every character had such vivid personality that stayed consistent throughout, it was all very realistic and believable.
Also, the level of detail the author put into the lives and the music scene. The jargon for that particular field, and even the tiny details like how 22 minutes of song could go on one side of a record album and they had to time things just right. The way we got to delve into how they wrote their songs, what was happening in their lives at the time the songs were written, and how they evolved into this larger than life piece of success and fame.
This was a book that had me interested from start to finish. The writing was just really well-done. I think if you enjoyed Evelyn Hugo, you’re bound to love Daisy Jones. It’s drama, gossip, such flawed, dynamic, and interesting characters. Definitely a hit.