Good hello, friends! Welcome to another book review! I kind of sad that I no longer have a new book to read by Taylor Jenkins Reid now that I’m all caught up. Though, the upside you can say is I can now reread them all!
My Lame Synopsis: Throughout the 1970s a group of people form a band, this book is about them getting together, climbing to the top, and breaking up (Goodreads).
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I was so worried going into this that I wasn’t going to like it. I kept seeing people DNF-ing the book, even people who previously loved TJR’s work. This was another case of the audiobook making the experience. A lot of people were recommending the audiobook over the physical book so I decided to read both at the same time. I’m so glad I did that because looking back, I can see how if I just read the physical book without the audiobook I wouldn’t have enjoyed it really at all. The audiobook is what I can’t stop thinking about. The voice actors were prefect. They are what really brought the characters to life. The format of interviewing the character created distance between the reader and the characters, but the audiobook closed that distance. Once again, they felt like real people that I wish existed. I’m so in love with the idea of the band being real that I repeatedly listen to the Spotify playlist that was created for the book.
I do appreciate the format in showing that the characters remembered the events differently. I also loved that they included sections of lyrics, those were beautiful.
TJR tackles hard themes that I haven’t seen in her books before, for example, drug addiction. There were moments that were difficult to read because they felt so real that the characters were really struggling.
I can’t stop thinking about this. I definitely want to reread it already! I think I’ll reread The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo first then Daisy Jones.
As always, thanks for reading!
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