The Book Buzz: Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and The Six is this week’s book pick.

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Daisy Jones and The Six is this week’s book pick.

Chloe Miller, Co-Culture Editor

Taylor Jenkins Reid has garnered much attention for her recent novels, especially thanks to TikTok. Author of the acclaimed “Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and “Malibu Rising,” Reid’s earlier novel, “Daisy Jones and the Six,” revolutionizes how one thinks of ‘normal’ novel writing. Written in interview format, Reid takes the reader back to Woodstock and disco pants as she dissects the rise and fall of famous, fictional band Daisy Jones and the Six. 

Daisy Jones is on fire. Young, sexy and uncontrollable, she is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. At the same time, but on what seems like the other side of the world, the band The Six is gaining popularity. Controlling star of The Six and lead singer Billy Dunne finds himself in a duet with Daisy. The result creates what becomes the band Daisy Jones and the Six, to the dismay of Jones and Dunne. Billy, like Daisy, finds himself dragged to the depths of the rock and roll world. Attempting to stay afloat with his long-term girlfriend Camilla, he finds solace with Jones and his misfit band. 

The novel follows the band’s rise to fame in a time ridden with drugs, alcohol and sex. It is the quintessential 70s rock and roll era. “Daisy Jones and the Six” go through pregnancies, drug abuse and secret relationships. Despite the members’ personal troubles, the band is wildly successful, and Dunne’s and Jones’ chemistry is electric on stage, sparking fan interest. Reid details everything from lyric brainstorming sessions to concerts.

Reid creates a fictional world within a real-life time period. Anyone interested in the culture of the 70s would find “Daisy Jones and the Six” to be a worthwhile read. The unique interview set-up is followed throughout the entire novel making it a quick and entertaining read. Following the last page of the interview, Reid includes the lyrics to the songs by Daisy Jones and the Six that are mentioned throughout the book. 

While reading “Daisy Jones and the Six,” the reader is transported to a completely different place. The interview format is engaging and the eccentric characters are raw and relatable. Out of all of Reid’s novels, “Daisy Jones and the Six” is the most innovative of the bunch.

Though the novel can become cheesy with cliche quotes, Reid makes it work. One of these quotes says, “You have to have one person in your life that you know would never do anything to steer you wrong. They may disagree with you. They could even break your heart, from time to time. But you have to have one person, at least, who you know will always tell you the truth.”

“Daisy Jones and the Six” is a standout novel that will set a precedent for stories to come. By experimenting and wildly succeeding with a never before seen writing style, Reid encourages other authors to challenge the norms of novel writing, especially in the young adult genre. As the novel is being adapted for screen as a miniseries on Amazon Prime Video in late 2021 to early 2022, the time to read “Daisy Jones and the Six” is now.