There is no need for an introduction to this book. If you’re a fan of contemporary romance; you’ve probably seen this book at a bookstore or heard great things about it on social media. Despite the fact that I am writing about Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid at a late hour; but I have just finished reading it. I put off reading this book for some reason and had never read anything by this author before.
The book is structured like a music documentary with people’s statements, and a few articles thrown in for good measure. There is no back-and-forth conversation, inner thoughts, or unnecessary description. The name of the interviewer is revealed at the end of the story; which is supposed to be a twist, but I thought it superfluous. The interviews are about the imaginary band Daisy Jones & The Six; They rose to success in the 1970s and then abruptly disbanded in the middle of a massive global tour on one particular night, with no explanation.
The mood created by Daisy Jones & The Six is vivid, and the storyline revolves around rock n roll rockstar lifestyle music. The format is different and may take some getting used to; but I’ve seen this format before in a few other books, so it wasn’t a new concept to me. The interview transcription style is also very easy to understand, there’s no need to struggle to figure out how one character is related to another or why a specific event is significant. You’re told what you need to know and when you need to know it; and any holes are promptly filled in by an interviewer. People who are searching for something that goes a little further into the themes it addresses or who are hoping for something more introspective are likely to be disappointed.
As previously stated, I believe this is due in part to the format’s limitations; but I also believe this is not the type of book this is attempting to be. The main issue I had with this book was the portrayal of female characters; though I recognize this may be an unpopular viewpoint. This is a book that simply wants to have fun.
Read it or Skip it?
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid has broad appeal, rich and fascinating characters, a simple story with a hint of romance, and plenty of drama. It’s a book I’d recommend to someone who either doesn’t read much or who does but is searching for a ‘lighter’ novel to lift their spirits and needs this as a break. This work isn’t completely implausible or unrealistic; no doubt the author based it on a few bands from the time period, but the characters aren’t relatable, so you won’t be having any epiphanies while reading it. Moreover, I felt the story to be rather predictable.