Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. (2019).
**5 out of 5 stars**
For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.
Wow. I started seeing this book everywhere and thought it sounded quite interesting so I reserved it at the library and patiently waited for my turn. When I got it and opened it up, I had a flicker of worry because I could see the formatting: the story is written as an interview transcript, alternating between a few core characters. That is not really my thing. BUT. When I actually started reading I was engaged from the get go and I ended up really loving this book. I felt like I personally knew this band and was totally invested in their experiences.
This story is very entertaining, very believable and I have zero surprise they are working on a miniseries adaptation now (which I will find a way to watch!). This novel won the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction (2019) and I am completely supportive of that. I’d highly recommend this one definitely.