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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This book is a fantastic example of one of the many reasons why I don’t typically read a lot of books that are popular in the book community. After hearing a lot of hype about Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I begrudgingly added it to my TBR list. While the book was not especially bad, I personally do not think it lives up to the praise it has received.

I will start off by admitting that Historical Fiction is rarely my genre of choice. However, some of my favorite books happen to be Historical Fiction, so I am pretty open-minded about reading the genre. Who doesn’t adore The Book Thief? And, if you haven’t read The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, you need to do so immediately! So, when I heard that this novel was Historical Fiction and was receiving rave reviews, I figured I should check it out for myself.

If you don’t already know, the book is a series of interviews about a fictional rock band and a pop singer in the 1970s. The book describes the process of writing songs, going on tours, and of course the drama that ultimately goes along with any band. Honestly, I had to Google whether Daisy Jones & The Six was an actual band because the book is written in a very realistic manner, which is its strongest feature in my opinion.

There is nothing in the book that I didn’t really like, but I am the type of reader that would prefer reading a true story about a band as opposed to a fictional one. For instance, one of my favorite books is Not The Life it Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance by Tom Bryant. Who wouldn’t love reading behind-the-scenes details about their favorite band? But, the fact that Daisy Jones & The Six is fictional, really took away the joy the story would have had if it were nonfiction.

Overall, if you are an Historical Fiction lover, you will most likely enjoy Daisy Jones & The Six! If Historical Fiction is not your genre of choice, or if you’re looking for a truly memorable or unique novel, this probably isn’t the book for you.

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