Daisy Jones & the Six | Book Review

by Rebecca Holland

Book Reviews, Historical Fiction | 17 August, 2020

About the Book

Title: Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre/themes: Historical Fiction, Memoir
Release Date: 5 March 2019
Series? No. Standalone.
Accolades: NYT Bestseller List, Reese WItherspoon BookClub Pick

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & the Six. An era-defining rock band in the 1970’s. The singing duo of the brooding Billy Dunne and the beautiful Daisy Jones becomes the stuff of legend. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979… until now.

Daisy Jones & the Six, book trailer

The Review 

“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.”

Daisy Jones & the Six is a fictional memoir about a famous rock band in the 1970’s. The band that never existed, but you’ll wish they did. Why? Because they’re a rock’n’roll-ercoaster. 

Not only is the band a rollercoaster, so is the story. Set in the 1970’s, the beautiful Daisy Jones crosses paths with rock band, the Six. And they quickly become iconic. An era-defining rock band fuelled by sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. But there’s also passion, love and rivalry that feel so real.

Secondly, this book is a joy to read. It’s written in interview transcripts. So the story of “what happened” is recounted in testimonials from the band members, managers and friends. They’re also woven with song lyrics from the band’s album “Aurora”. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, so this might be the status quo for band autobiographies. But it certainly feels unique in fiction. More than being unique, it feels iconic. Like the most iconic band that has never been.

Thirdly, the characters are mesmerising. Daisy Jones has star quality. Combine that with the brooding lead singer Billy Dunne and you have musical and literary chemistry. There’s also a symphony of supporting characters like Billy’s brother and bandmates.

Above all, Daisy Jones & the Six is fabulous, entertaining and absolutely unforgettable.  

About the Author
Daisy Jones & the Six author, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her website, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Interviews and more:

✨ How Daisy Jones offers a positive tale for women in music, Rolling Stone
✨ Why Daisy Jones may become your new favourite rock band and book, Marie Claire
✨ Exclusive Interview, She Reads

The Quotes

“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones”

“I thought love was war. I didn’t know it was supposed to… I didn’t know it was supposed to be peace”.

And, The Book Extras…
Daisy Jones & the Six - Fan Club Kit

Daisy Jones & the Six is being adapted into a TV mini-series starring Riley Keough as Daisy and Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne.

Daisy Jones & the Six - Fan Club Kit - Image 2

And the author has released a free Book Club kit. These resources can accompany your reading, and include:

🎸 firstly, Meet the Band bios,
🎤 secondly, Aurora world tour and set list,
🎸 thirdly, lyrics for the songs on Aurora,
🎤 and, finally, reading group “discussion” questions.

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3 responses to “Daisy Jones & the Six | Book Review

  1. I looooooved this book! I listened to the audiobook and thought it was incredibly well done, with different actors reading the different characters. The voice of Daisy was so haunting, I literally was glued to my headphones. I’m so excited for this miniseries!

  2. I absolutely adored this book and was lucky enough to find it at the library. Now I just need to get a copy of my own. I loved it so much I wanted to crawl inside the pages and be with the characters. Okay, maybe I loved it a little too much. I also cannot wait for the miniseries!