I literally devoured Daisy Jones & The Six over the holidays. I was really nervous after all the hype, but Taylor Jenkins Reid definitely delivered. Here’s my brief and not very thorough novel review about this amazing book!
“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” — DAISY JONES & THE SIX
If I Could Pick Any Life…
Growing up with a musician brother and now married to a musician, this story is the life I’d always imagined for myself. Not the drugs and heartache, but the shine of the lights, the late nights in the studio, making something magical that would last forever.
Alas, not all great musicians get to live in this kind of spotlight, and after living the musician life for just a few years, we quickly saw how unglamorous it is. Nevertheless, if I could pick any life, it would be this one. I’d be Daisy. I’d pick that life over and over again because I can’t imagine anything greater than creating music, no matter what the cost. But that’s just me.
The Real Heroine
After discussing the story with my book club the other day and hearing their reviews of this novel, I realized that Camila was really the heroine of the story. She was the one who really kept the whole thing together even though she wasn’t one of the musicians. Instead, she was a supportive force behind them. (Reminiscent of my Trailing Spouse article.)
I haven’t thought about her role thoroughly as I read the book so quickly, but now that I’m rolling it around, there’s so much wisdom to be gleaned from her character. She kept her marriage together despite so many obstacles, and she even supported the other members in whatever way they needed to be supported. She simply refused to give up on the potential goodness in people. Wow.
Was she too good to be true? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be a role model… something to at least strive for to a degree. And you may not agree with all of her choices, with the depth of her kindness and mercy, but again, just an inkling of her character would go a long way in each of us.
I think I might need to read this again with her as my focus and write a new novel review about Camila!
A Cardinal Sin and Some Good Quotes
I know it’s sacrilegious, but I dog-eared So. Many. Pages. And underlined so many lines. There were so many good quotes about life and love and art. It spoke to my soul. Here are a few shorter quotes I loved:
“Love and pride don’t mix.” — Camila
“Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people.” — Karen
“I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?” — Camila
This isn’t the most in depth novel review I’ve ever written. I read it so quickly that perhaps I didn’t absorb it as a “critical reader.” And a second read will be necessary for a more complete and thorough novel review. But I think you can easily see my love for this book here and why I related to it so well.
I’ve collected all the quotes I loved from this book here if you’d like to read them all in one place!
I know so many people loved this book. Anyone out there not love it? I’m curious to hear from “the other side”.
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