ᴛᴡ: ᴀʟᴄᴏʜᴏʟ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅʀᴜɢ ᴀʙᴜꜱᴇ, ᴀᴅᴅɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, ꜱᴇxᴜᴀʟ ᴀꜱꜱᴀᴜʟᴛ, ᴄʜᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ, ᴜɴᴡᴀɴᴛᴇᴅ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʙᴏʀᴛɪᴏɴ, ᴇxᴘʟɪᴄɪᴛ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇ, ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ɴᴇɢʟᴇᴄᴛ, ꜱᴇx (ɴᴏᴛ ᴇxᴘʟɪᴄɪᴛ), ᴇᴍᴏᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴀʙᴜꜱᴇ.
Set during the height of Rock and Roll in the ’70s, Daisy Jones is a privileged but neglected girl swept in the whirlwind of sex, drugs, and music. Fairly new but talented in the music industry, she’s asked to join The Six after they collaborate on a song. Billy Dunne of The Six is the lead singer and founder of the band previously called the Dunne Brothers. As The Six finally gain recognition, Billy finds out his girlfriend Camila is pregnant on the eve of their first tour. From there everything goes uphill and downhill at the same time—Billy drowns in alcohol, drugs, groupies, and rising fame. When he finally cleans up his act, he fights to stay sober for his family.Two worlds collide when Daisy is the missing piece needed in The Six but trouble follows when both Daisy and Billy clash, their ups and downs framing their success but undoing their personal lives. Together, they shoot higher up the charts. Then why did the band part ways at the height of their success?Synopsis
Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book. One thing I liked was the interview style it was written in and I’m aware many people didn’t like this format. But to me, it painted the story well and made it somewhat interesting through different perspectives of the characters. The book gave more weight to Billy Dunne when I thought Daisy would be the explicit focus. The portrayal of Daisy’s character is mostly the idea of her others have as if she’s a Manic Pixie (she’s not but she bears a few qualities). She is portrayed as this headstrong feminist who rebels against the expectations of people who have this idea of her but the feminist portrayal doesn’t hold up well as she drowns in drugs and alcohol is viewed by people like this ‘beautifully broken person’. It diminishes her entire personality of the potential it could hold.
Billy infuriated me with his micromanagement and his general behavior. He tries hard for his family only when he feels the guilt that Camila stuck by him after everything he did. He tries hard to do better but he’s been unfaithful to Camila one time too many and yes, emotional cheating counts. What infuriates me more is that for most of the part, Camila knows about it and they never talk it about it. At one point, Camila cheated on him too but in the end, their marriage is portrayed as ‘love conquers all’.
Camila, Billy’s wife, is another character that is supposed to be viewed as strong and feminist but after Billy’s unfaithfulness, she stays with him saying that they’d overcome it and it’s her choice as she raises their 3 kids alone while he’s on tour or working on new material most of the time. But the truth is she isn’t where she wants to be. She is where Billy wants to be and that isn’t acknowledged. Her decision to stay with Billy only tells the audience that because it’s love, you have to fight for it and stay where you are even if the other person cheats. Sorry, but no.
The only person I liked was Karen (a member of The Six) who was clear when she was sleeping with Billy’s brother, Graham (another member of The Six) that she wasn’t in love with him and that she didn’t want kids. So when she got an abortion after an accidental pregnancy, Graham holding her accountable was infuriating. For those who say it’s ‘normal’ to want kids, let me say this—why do you get to decide what ‘normal’ is and what isn’t?
I’m not even going to talk about the rest of the band. The truth is it was somewhat interesting but not that interesting enough for me to wonder what happens next. I like the idea, but the drowning in drugs and alcohol for the majority of the book put me off. I didn’t care why they broke up.
It was pretty obvious.