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: The Unraveling on Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan

Cassidy Holmes was “Sassy Gloss”, the fourth member of one of the hottest pop groups in America. Gloss was the pop act that everyone wanted to be. Fans couldn’t get enough of them, their music, and even the drama that followed them. Then the group imploded in 2002, at the height of their fame. Cassidy was apparently to blame. Now Cassidy is dead by suicide.

The world is shocked as are her former bandmates. Rose, Merry, and Yumi, the three other members of Gloss, each had a special bond with Cassidy. However, after the band’s separation, no one really spoke to Cassidy. She had closed herself off from the entertainment industry and everything that made her “Sassy Gloss”. Now after years apart, her former bandmates are wondering if there was something they could have done.

REVIEW

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes discusses several sensitive topics. Such topics discussed include: suicide, physical assault, rape, eating disorders, stalking and harassment, implied drug use, and implied grooming of a minor. If any of these topics make you uncomfortable or upset, I don’t recommend this book for you.

This was my Book of the Month selection for August. I overall really enjoyed this book, it took me a little longer to get through mainly because of the heavy topics involved. I liked that it was an honest look at what these girls would have gone through in the entertainment industry. We jump back and forth in time. Cassidy narrates the past, about the rise and fall of Gloss, while Yumi, Merry, and Rose narrate the present. I think the way that the book tackles mental health is incredibly well done.

It is not an easy read at all due to the topics discussed, but I think if you are comfortable reading about them you should definitely check out The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes.

RATING: 8/10