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Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.

I am not a muse.

I am the somebody.

End of fucking story.”

Truly loss for words at my surprise of how much I enjoyed this book. I love TJR and her writing. Evelyn Hugo and Malibu Rising where very solid books that I still think about and always recommend, they weren't 5 star books for me but I know they're great books and the lives of these Hollywood stars and their rawness always surprised me. Daisy Jones & The Six was the book I thought I would like less. The reason is because I sometimes have a hard time reading books about rockstars and their addictions, they make me mad and I thought this was going to be one big rockstar romance and boy was I wrong.

I hate this book and I love this book. I hate how I had a giant pit in my stomach as I was reading the book. I hate how these real characters chose wrong and right decisions that were just real decisions. I hate how much I wanted to jump into this era and meet this rockstar band. I loved this book because it made me feel all of these emotions, because that's what a good author does. I finished it late at night and I went to bed still playing around with the scenes that so vividly stuck in my brain. And this was all created in a book that is FULLY written as an oral history. It is basically one big interview. At the begging I thought, well I am never going to relate to the characters. I RELATED TO THEM ALL. I understood them all and I rooted for them all because we got to see the POV of all of them, and more importantly how they saw themselves and the events that occurred as their fame rose and rose.

The plot twists here and there specially (SPOILER) that the author is actually Billy's daughter !!!! I gasped and cried and shook my book so many times. I really believed in their stories, and their experiences.

The Six was a band in the seventies. Daisy was a singer in the seventies. When they join forces they cannot be stopped. They play at arenas and get on the cover of The Rolling Stones and more. Their fame rose, but with it so do their addictions and that's when you start to actually see the character flaws. Billy was a mess at the beginning, went to rehab and lost the chance to meet her daughter. However, his wife Camila doesn't allow him to lose sight of the goal to have a family so she pushes him to be a better man. Billy fights with this idea of being the man Camila sees, all through the book. His struggle, specially when he starts falling in love with Daisy, was so raw and realistic. Here was this man who starts seeing another woman as his muse, while trying to stay afloat and remind himself that he has a family back home. The relationship that never forms is so powerful, because you can feel the emotions there. You can feel the tension between Daisy and Billy and you root for them. However, you're also rooting for Billy and Camila. And you're rooting for Billy to stay sober, and being with Daisy would mean his ruin.

“I used to think soul mates were two of the same. I used to think I was supposed to look for somebody that was like me. I don't believe in soul mates anymore and I'm not looking for anything. But if I did believe in them, I'd believe your soul mate was somebody who had all the things you didn't, that needed all the things you had. Not somebody who's suffering from the same stuff you are.”

The ending was perfect and unexpected. I didn't realize it was really Camila who was the main character of the story until you reach the end and you see how strong and willing she was. How, powerful and how much sway she had. You don't realize how much you love Camila until she's not there anymore and you really feel for her and the decisions that she took to save her family. You see her as the character she is. I rooted for Billy and Daisy to get their happy ending and in a way they do. They deserved it.

And don't get me started on the sub characters and sub plots because then I'll be here forever. But due to the fact that the story reads as an oral history you really get to live this epoch of time with ALL of the characters. You think it's just one parallel continuous love story of the stars of the show. However, it is so much more than that.

Overall rating: 5 stars

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