Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I was not too keen at first when I learned that this book was an oral history of a famed fictional ’70s rock and roll band. But because I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and all her books, I just had to give this one a chance.

The entire book is a transcript of interviews with Daisy Jones & The Six during that crazy and glorious time in the band’s history. It delves into the band’s humble beginnings and its historic rise to fame, as well as the real reason why they suddenly broke up at the height of their stardom.

With this transcript format, it truly reads like a rock and roll documentary. Not a lot of people will like it, so I think it’s best to listen to the audio book instead.

I did not hate it. I was just not so crazy about the format. But her writing is still raw and emotional, and there are still so many lines that hit me so hard.

After reading the book, I wanted so much to listen to the songs and watch videos of Billy and Daisy’s electrifying performances. It’s so hard to believe that they’re just a fictional band. I fell in love with them and became a fan so easily. They are that real.

Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again. She’s really such a talented and evocative writer. She’s taken me to that period in the ’70s and given me an intimate look into the heady, exhilarating, and intoxicating lives of rock stars and those who love them.

Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones are famous, talented, beautiful, and flawed people that are truly the gems of this book. But I also have to say that I loved Billy’s wife Camila the most.

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Book Review: The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

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When rich and successful TV producer Laura Cavendish met her son’s girlfriend Cherry, she thought she was beautiful but a bit shy.

She also thought that her son Daniel was in over his head because things were moving a little too fast with Cherry. He only just met her, but he was already paying for her shopping trips and overseas vacations to France.

Despite her desire to really like her son’s girlfriend, Laura can’t help but feel that Cherry is only with Daniel because of his wealth and his prestigious job as a doctor.

When she discovers that Cherry is not being completely honest about who she is, her mother’s instincts instantly kick in. Daniel means the world to her, and she will do everything to protect him from gold-digging opportunists.

Even if her son thinks Cherry is the best thing that ever happened to him.

And even if it means coming up with a cruel and unthinkable lie.

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I have to admit that I almost did not finish this book. The first few chapters were really slow and uninteresting. But then it suddenly kind of picked up speed and did not slow down its pace until the end.

It’s clever and chilling with lots of juicy and compulsive scenes. But I was underwhelmed with the ending because it felt rushed, too easy, and too convenient.

Still, if you like dark and twisty tales, The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is something you will enjoy. It’s a very entertaining read. Just be ready to control your urge to slap when the mother and the girlfriend start getting emotionally needy and stupid.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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“Money is vitally important to you. It appears to be an underpinning of your ethical code. When money and morality intersect, the results can illuminate intriguing truths about human character. People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons — survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.”

When freelance makeup artist Jessica Farris learns about a study that a well-respected psychologist is conducting that pays $500 to participants just to answer a few ethics and morality questions, she knows she has to get the gig.

Even if it means telling a small lie.

After all, that money can pay her next month’s rent and her sister’s therapy sessions.

What she thinks is a one-time thing turns into recurring sessions with beautiful, compassionate, elegant, and elusive Dr. Shields. The money just keeps coming, but more and more are expected of her, too.

The more Jessica is immersed in Dr. Shields’s “study,” the more lost and out of control everything feels.

Is it really just ethics and morality that the doctor wants to explore, or is there a deeper and more personal reason behind all of it?

What a page-turner this book is! It’s not as intense and twisty as The Wife Between Us, but it will keep you reading until you’ve gotten all the answers to your burning questions.

It will also make you think how you would answer the same questions and whether you would make the same decisions.

The main character, Jessica, may be flawed and weak at times. But what I love about her is that she thinks and feels and cares and simply does not allow shitty things to happen to her just like that.

In short, her thoughts and actions did not make me roll my eyes, scream into a pillow, and throw the book across the room.

Suspenseful, intriguing, and deliciously wicked. I give this book four glowing stars!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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“I’m not prepared for this,” I admit quietly.

“Do you have to prepare for me?”

“If there’s anyone I have to prepare for, it’s you.”

I’ve never read any of Christina Lauren’s books before, but I adore her writing. There’s something soothing, tender, and real about it. It’s so simple but hits you right in the feels.

Although I’ve read too many love stories a lot like this in the past, I still liked the story of love and friendship between the main characters Macy and Elliot.

The story is told in alternating periods: when they were teenagers sharing a reading closet and the books they loved and their favorite words at the moment, and 11 years later when they bump into each other again at a coffee shop.

It tells the story of how they became the best of friends, and how they fearfully but delightfully transitioned to being boyfriend and girlfriend.

It also tells how one simple mistake turned their worlds upside down.

It’s a bit cheesy, but not too cheesy that you’d want to throw the book across the room. But you’d be cheesy, too, if you saw the love of your life all of a sudden after they disappeared from your life for 11 years.

I can already see the Netflix film adaptation of this in my head. LOL, but yes please make it happen.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Creepy kids are the worst.

But what if the creepy kid is your only daughter that you love so much? And no matter what you do to connect and bond, your daughter simply hates you and wants you dead?

From the outside, Suzette’s family looks perfect. They run a successful company and own a perfect house. She has a very supportive and loving husband who has been there for her every step of the way, even through the worst parts of her Crohn’s disease. They also have a beautiful 7-year-old daughter who’s intellectually ahead.

But Suzette has been struggling with Hanna for years because of her reluctance to speak. She also demonstrates no sense of empathy.

She has been home-schooling her because of the many times Hanna has been kicked out of school for behavioral problems.
She knows that something is seriously wrong with Hanna, and that her life is in danger. But how can she convince her husband that Hanna needs help when she’s daddy’s perfect little angel whenever he’s around?

It’s such an interesting, unsettling, and creepy story. What would you do if your daughter hated you so much that she will do everything to hurt you and kill you?

The story has a good pace that will keep you reading and reading until the last page. Many times you will also wish that hurting children is not crime. There are no monsters and ghosts, but Hanna sure is a crazy and creepy little fothermucker!