Book Recommendations: Music Lovers Edition

If you are on Bookstagram or Booktok, I’m sure you’ve seen the novel, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid recommended time and time again. It’s an amazing, quick read and I definitely recommend it, but there are even more novels out there in the same style. So if you loved Daisy Jones & The Six or are a music lover in the general you definitely need to check out these books.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton


The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton is a novel about the rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s. As a tie in with their reunion tour, both Opal and Nev have agreed to a tell-all book. As these artists tell their side of the story, nasty allegations are revealed that could threaten the whole reunion.

Told in the same oral history/interview style as Daisy Jones & The Six, Walton manages to weave real life events with her fictional events making for an incredibly believable story. Because it is told in an oral history style I found it to be a super quick read. It reflects the 70s and today incredibly well, showing everything from the good, the bad, and the ugly. Walton never shies away from tough topics and handles them with care. There is revelation about halfway through the book that shocked me, and left my mouth gaping open.

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes tells the story of Cassidy Holmes aka “Sassy Gloss” of the fictional pop group Gloss. They were the hottest pop group in the early 2000’s, until they fell apart. Now Cassidy Holmes is dead, suicide. The media and her former bandmates are reeling from this news.

The story jumps back and forth in time. All the past chapters are from Cassidy’s point of view, while the present chapters are told from the other band members. This book tackles tough topics, mental health, eating disorders, and sexual assault. Essentially, anything that a young female pop singer might have gone through in the early 2000s. It isn’t an easy read by any means because of the topics discussed, but they are handled with care. As someone who grew up listening to early 2000s pop, this was such an interesting read.

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Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau

“Almost Famous meets Daisy Jones & The Six in this funny, wise, and tender novel about a fourteen-year-old girl’s coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for–who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer.”

I just finished this and it is the perfect summer read. The author manages to perfectly capture the voice of a 14 year-old and Mary Jane is incredibly relatable. This book is about a young girl finding her voice and branching out for the first time in her life. It definitely gives off Almost Famous and Daisy Jones & The Six vibes. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down.

These are just some of my recommendations, and let me know if you decide to check them out! Also let me know if you have any recommendations to add to this list.

Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six is the history of a fictional rock band. Taking place in the 70’s we meet Daisy Jones, a hard partying, gorgeous, singer-songwriter. We also meet Billy Dunne, also hard-partying, guitarist and lead singer of the rock band The Six. They happen to be on the same record label. Both struggle with drugs and alcohol. Billy finds himself hitting rock bottom, but thanks to his wife Camilla; he is able to recover, enter rehab and turn his life around for his now growing family. Daisy has had a moderately successful first album singing other people’s songs, but that isn’t what she wants. She wants to create her own music. The Six, after having a small but successful first album and tour is looking to really breakout. Enter their record label.

REVIEW

I originally picked up this book because I had read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I had loved. This book is told in interview style, we don’t know who is doing the interviews until the very end of the novel, which made it a breeze to read. Once I picked up this book I couldn’t put it down, literally I finished this book in one day. Even though it is done in an interview style, each character is fully realized and I almost could hear each different voice in my head. My dad loves to watch music documentaries so I have seen my fair share of them, and I feel like this book fits that world so seamlessly.

This book feels like the perfect summer beach read, now if only their wasn’t a pandemic happening and I could’ve actually enjoy it at the beach.

RATING: 7/10