Title: Daisy Jones and The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Page Count/Review Word Count: 406
The first thing to say is that this book was a gift from my friend Amanda, so thanks Amanda. The second is that I’d already heard of this book because it was all everyone was talking about when it first came out. Because of that, it felt like a bit of an anti-climax. It’s not that it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t great.
Still, I did enjoy it, and it fit in well with the other books that I’ve been reading lately because I’ve had a string of them that have featured music and bands as a key part of the plot. This one was probably closer to my kind of thing than any of the others, purely because I have a penchant for stories like these which basically tell the full history of something, even if it is something fictitious.
The characterisation was pretty good too, and I liked the way that it was presented as an oral history because it reminded me of Rant by Chuck Palahniuk, which I loved when I read it about five years ago or so. It also allows for some interesting examples of dramatic irony, especially when it cuts from one character saying one thing to another character immediately refuting it.
The characters themselves were also kind of unlikeable, and I generally find that unlikeable characters are more realistic than those that are all perfect and amazing. I also secretly think that a lot of musicians are probably assholes, and so this kind of reaffirmed that. It did what Regina Saint Clare did in her novel Black Magick, in that it used fiction to highlight some truths in the music industry.
It was also pretty quotable, and so I tabbed out a bunch of things to share in my video review. It’s one of those books where there’s not a whole lot to say about the book itself, but if you’re looking for good lines that you could put on a tshirt, the search is over.
All in all, I don’t know if I’d necessarily recommend this to everyone, but I do think that if you’re into music and fictitious histories then you’re going to get lots out of it. I also think that Reid achieved what she set out to do.