For those who might follow my reviews, my to-read pile may have just gotten significantly more predictable with my last two books.
I have become enamored by the way this author tells a story. And while this one is told quite differently; it is just as compelling. Straddling between a novel and screenplay format, this entire narration is shared in the style of an interview, from a varied number of viewpoints that might be considered a risky tactic in any other book.
But in honesty, it’s because the author includes each of these perspectives that this story of Daisy Jones, Billy Dunne, and The Six is something I couldn’t put down. It was equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking. Each of these characters remember events from the past in different ways. And it’s, ironically, an eye-opening way of sharing the human truth that we all see things through the lens of our own experiences.
There’s a nostalgia to the period when this story takes place. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on, lots of social unrest, and an awful lot of experimenting, to find oneself amidst the beautiful yet confusing chaos of life in the 70s.
And the way music both bridges that gap and then burns it down, it’s the centerpiece of this novel. And it shows just how powerful a set of lyrics and a tune can be. There are subtle messages, interpreted so many different ways and from so many varied perspectives.
It’s the perfect backdrop for one of the overarching themes for this time in history: make love, not war. And ironically, in a book that centers itself around musical expression, audible lyrics, and heart-shaking rhythm, it’s the silence between it all that speaks this message the loudest.
Dave’s Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️
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