This was a very Taylor Jenkins Reid-ish story and I mean that in the best possible way! It had glamour and tragedy, highs and lows, characters that were not very likable but still made you root for them, and a completely addictive plot and way of telling the story that just pulled you in. Definitely worth the hype!
Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story of the 1970s rock band The Six (originally The Dunnes Brothers) and how Daisy Jones became their lead singer until the band split for no known reason. Just like Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, the story was told as an interview, where the identity of the interview was hidden until the very end, for a reason… Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing style is always very direct and quick, and intimate yet leaving you with a feeling of being fooled. Here, the format really added extra depths and insights to the story, where we could get to know all of the characters and experience the same event from their different views.
All the characters were amazing, so fleshed out, real and full of flaws. Taylor Jenkin Reid truly showed them at their worst behavior, but then let us come along their journey of self-awareness and growth. It was such a treat seeing how they were able to grow so much as persons and rise from their lows to move forward. At times it was very hard to like them and agree with their choices, but I nevertheless rooted for them and I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to them next.
The atmosphere and story composition were absolutely amazing too! It truly felt like an authentic retelling of true events, and I loved how the songs were not only mentioned but actually included in full words in the story.
The only thing I had a bit of a problem with was the ending and the revelation of the identity of the interviewer. It felt like an unnecessary plot twist and made the ending a bit too simple and underwhelming for me.
But all in all, this was an amazing, fun and spellbinding read that I truly recommend to anyone who loves music, drama and morally grey characters who will steal your heart despite their flaws!
(Just be aware of the trigger warnings for alcoholism and drug addiction.)
4.5 rock and roll stars rounding up to 5
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This glamorous, complex, tragic and scandalous queer Hollywood drama is definitely worth the hype! I didn’t particularly like the main character, but I nevertheless found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.
This book is about the grand old Hollywood star Evelyn, who has never done any press or personal interviews, but who suddenly picks the unknown reporter Monique to write her completely honest memoirs. As Evelyn tells Monique her story, this book explores the life as a bisexual woman in a period of time when queerness was not accepted, and everything Evelyn has had to do throughout her life to hide her true self.
The story is divided into chapters for each husband, which was a very clever narrative as it so clearly showed how each one of her marriages were to help Evelyn further with her career, but how different they all were. In addition, it also reveals how ruthless, ambitious and flawed Evelyn was as a character, but still managing to make her decisions understandable. Evelyn is definitely one of the most emotionally rich characters I’ve ever come across in any book. And even though I can’t say I liked her very much, I nevertheless rooted for her and was completely intrigued by her. I also loved the romance between Evelyn and Celia so much! Due to the time the story took place (Hollywood in the 1950s and 60s), they both risked so much for that love and it was such a battle for Evelyn finding out if she was willing to put her whole career at stake for it or not. It was so amazing to see the way their love stayed true over the decades even when they were out of touch.
“I spent half my time loving her and the other half hiding how much I loved her.”
I also absolutely adored Harry and his and Evelyn’s friendship. I loved the way they became each other’s chosen family, and the way that Harry accepted Evelyn for exactly who she was. I think Harry might be my favorite character of them all in this story. I didn’t particularly root for Monique though, and if it hadn’t been for the major twist in the end, her part would almost have felt unnecessary. Now it did add another layer to it, in a very ‘Evelyn Hugo way’.
All in all, this is a flawed and tumultuous, yet romantic and intriguing queer love story that is worth all the hype!
4.5 dramatic stars rounding up to 5
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