Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

GoodReads Summary:
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
Daisy Jones & The SixReview:
There were so many things I loved about Daisy Jones and the Six that I honestly don’t even know where to start. Taylor Jenkins Reid is so incredibly talented. I can only hope to be as skilled as she is one day. I listened to the audiobook for this story and I’m very glad I did. I’ll talk about that first. This audiobook was narrated by a full cast. Each character had its own narrator which is one of my favorite things. I adore audiobooks with full casts. Each narrator bought life and personality to their character. I loved the interview formatting of the story as well. Bringing up an event or time period and then letting each of the characters tell the story of that event the way they remembered it was so complex and captivating. Which brings me to one of the things that really fascinated me about this story. Because it was the memories of all seven of the band members, plus a few other characters, no one characters told the same story. They each told things they were they remembered so the experiences varied from character to character. I think that added so much complexity to the story. It really made you think about how no two people have the same memories or experiences of the same events. Another thing that Taylor Jenkins Reid does really well is writing a story that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until she’s finished. After reading this book, it was hard not to think that these were all real people and a totally true story. The fact that Reid can make me think, “wait this didn’t happen?” really just blows me away.
I’m not going to talk about each character because there were entirely too many and that would make this review way too long. The characters each had their own personality and their own voice which I appreciate. They were distinct and vibrant, each in their own ways. They all had different goals and motivations which really made for a great story. They brought such fun and excitement and life into the story. I think the character were really what made Daisy Jones and the Six was it was. The story was all about the characters and their experiences and their feelings. There wasn’t really a specific plot outside of following the band members and other miscellaneous people as they rose to fame and then eventually fell apart. I think this story was written beautifully. I loved the whole experience. I cannot wait to see what Taylor Jenkins Reid comes up with next.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

GoodReads Summary:
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
My latest library audiobook find was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’ve heard so many good things about this story so I couldn’t believe that it was available on my Libby app! I snapped it up and listened to this twelve-hour audiobook in two days. I could not stop listening to this book.
First off, the narrators (there were a few) did an excellent job. I liked that the different characters had their own narrators. I love audiobooks with a cast narration, they’re my favorite. They did such a great job with this book.
The story itself was written in an interesting way too. It was written as a back and forth between Evelyn and our main character Monique. Every now and then there were news articles or blog posts talking about current events or discussion events that were happening in Evelyn’s life at the point of her life she was telling us about.
I thought it was really great the different kinds of characters, there was certainly a diverse cast. Monique was biracial with a white mom and an African American father. Evelyn was Cuban American. There were also characters of all sorts of sexual orientations, gay men, lesbians, bisexual characters. I thought the variety of the players in this book just made it that much better.
There was a story being told within a story and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know Monique her life and the struggles she’s facing. Enter Evelyn, a major complication. She propositions Monique in a way that may cause her to lose her job, but ultimately make millions of dollars writing a book.
The story just got more and more in-depth and complicated. I seriously could not stop listening. I was dying to know what was going to happen in Evelyn’s story next. Evelyn was a famous actress starting in the 50s through the 80s. She pushed boundaries and did whatever she needed to get what she wanted. She was determined and ruthless. I liked that she was a kick-ass lady in a time that wasn’t always accepting of kick-ass ladies. She had so many crazy adventures and I felt as if I was having them alongside her as the story was being read to me.
I loved everything about this book. I think everyone should read it. It’s definitely going to make a few of my favorites for 2018 lists that will be coming up in the next few months.
Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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