The hype for this book was intense. I bought in. I pre-ordered it (to get plum points) and I couldn’t wait to start reading it.
I wonder now if I would have liked it more if there hadn’t been so much hype?
I can see why so many people fell in love with this book. It had several redeeming characters and story lines. The female roles in particular were all strong, independent and successful in their own rite.
Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job of recreating the sex, drugs, rock and roll vibe of the seventies – if you are familiar with Fleetwood Mac you will see the similarities between the two bands for sure.
I appreciate a book that can pull off multiple successful character plot lines, and this one did that and more. I had never read a novel written in interview form either, and it was great. I could picture the whole thing happening in front of me like a movie. I can see why this book is going to be adapted for a limited series.
All of that aside, there were quite a few things I didn’t like about this book, or rather about some of the characters. I won’t go too into detail in case you haven’t read it yet, but Billy and Graham’s relationship really disappointed me. I also found Daisy’s relationship with her parents unrealistic.
When I finished, I read a few reviews that the audiobook was incredible so I gave it a try too. The audiobook is…..hard to listen to. I’ll leave it at that.
I’m still going to give this read a positive rating, I flew through it, and I really appreciate an author who does their homework, which Jenkins Reid clearly did.
Reviewed by: Annie