A review by theespressoedition
Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

5.0

"It feels like throwing yourself to sea, or maybe not that, maybe it’s more like throwing someone you love out to sea and then praying they float on their own, knowing they might well drown and you’ll have to watch."

For months, I had been recommended this book, specifically the audiobook. I read rave reviews and was honestly really worried that it would not live up to all the hype. I was pleased to see that it was a full cast narrating the audiobook, but I had no clue what I was in for when I began. Everyone told me this was almost like listening to a podcast, but honestly, I'd just compare it to listening to a very detailed magazine interview read aloud - where all the nitty-gritty secrets are revealed (although I suppose that's somewhat like an interview-style podcast).

Every character is voiced by someone different, giving a whole new meaning to "full cast" narration. You might even recognize some of the names in the line-up. It pulled me into the story in a way no other audiobook ever had, and I found myself completely enthralled in every detail. I loved that it wasn't just The Six or Daisy Jones that you learned more about, but the wives and girlfriends, best friends, managers, and even hotel security guards! There was so much intricacy.

It was a really emotional story and there were so many moments where I wished that the characters were real. I could see myself loving their music or being fascinated by all the drama in their lives. I cried on more than one occasion and I got angry at others. Of course, there were moments where I just sat in awe or contemplation as well. I think anyone could see themselves in the different characters, and related to the struggles they faced. I was blown away and highly recommend this story to anyone looking for something really different, heartfelt, and unfiltered.

[TW: excessive drug use, sexual acts, abuse, alcoholism, abortion, infidelity]