Daisy Jones & the Six will turn you into a fan of a band that never was. This novel is not only well-written and captivating but has become a beloved pick of book clubs everywhere. Taylor Jenkins Reid creates flawed characters and puts them in situations where they have to deal with love, addiction, and the dark side of the music industry – all of it results in a book you can’t put down.
Our Daisy Jones & the Six Discussion Guide is the perfect place to begin your next conversation at book club. We have carefully compiled a synopsis and a list of Daisy Jones & the Six book club questions to get your group talking about Reid’s captivating story and its complicated characters.
Once your conversation has started, check out the selected reviews and see if other people feel the same way about the novel that you do. Can’t get enough of Daisy Jones & the Six? We sure can’t. Scroll down to find 3 books like Daisy Jones & the Six for your next read.
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Daisy Jones & The Six Synopsis
Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
10 Daisy Jones and the Six Book Club Questions
- Author Reid chose to tell this story in an unconventional format. What did you think of the interview format?
- At one point, Daisy says, “I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of f-ing story.”
What do you think she means by this? Do you agree with her? Is there sexism in the mere notion of “muse”?
- What do you think of the relationship between Billy and Camilla? If you were Camilla, would you have stayed in the relationship?
- “We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” Why do you think Daisy Jones was so broken?
- Daisy abuses drugs throughout her life. Why do you think she turned to drugs? Do you think she was using drugs to fill a void in her life, and if so, what was the void?
- Why do you think Billy and Daisy fought so much? Do you see similarities between the two?
- Do you think Billy loved Daisy? Is it possible to love two people at once?
- An then there’s the relationship between Karen and Graham? What did you make of it? Do you think Karen made the right decision for her when she decided not to have the baby?
- Did the reveal of the interviewer surprise you? Why or why not?
- In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reid is quoted as saying, “it is such a heartbreaking thing to be othered the way that we other beautiful women – that they are not so much people to us as things to possess in one way or another.”
What does this mean to you? How do you see this play out in Daisy Jones?
Selected Reviews for Daisy Jones and the Six
“Taylor Jenkins Reid’s strength lies in her ability to write realistic characters and relationships and take you through a whole life journey. This book has all the elements that we love about Evelyn Hugo (another Reid novel); a unique storytelling format, a life story, a notorious historical setting, an iconic main character, a tumultuous and very human relationship etc… I think I felt lukewarm for this book due to having spent most of my life mentally blocking out family and friends who deal with addiction and tumultuous relationships as a survival tactic.”
“I expected this to a good because of the hype but this was truly one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. And it was MADE to be an audiobook. I’d love to write something like this someday.”
“Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll! I mean, that’s what the seventies were all about, man! Right? Taylor Jenkins Reid has done an admirable job at creating the atmosphere and mindset of the seventies and the rock banks that were catapulted to success beyond their wildest dreams… Overall, although this one didn’t have the impact on me, I’d hoped, I still enjoyed it for the most part.”
“Have you ever watched a ‘mockumentary’ and got annoyed at how fake and forced everyone sounds? This sums up this ‘novel’, where everything is told to you by a variety of characters who all sound exactly the same… The marketed feminist aspects of the book would not even fill two pages. It was an interesting premise and I would love for this to be a well-developed, well-written, character-led novel about a complex relationship during an amazing time period of the ’70s, but it just wasn’t at all…”
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3 Books Like Daisy Jones & The Six
If your book group really likes Taylor Jenkins Reid, then you can spend the year working through her catalog, like our book club guide for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Malibu Rising. Daisy Jones as also a featured pic from Reese’s Book Club, you can scan our Reese’s guides here. One book on that list that also features tricky romantic relationships is Next Year in Havana.
One other idea is that if you like the fictional biography format, then you may be interested in The Personal Librarian. It’s a fictionalized take on Belle da Costa Green, who was the chief Librarian and Curator for the JP Morgan library….and who was also passing as white. Get our Personal Librarian reading guide for more info.
But if you want more of the sex, drugs and rock and roll angle, here are three more books like Daisy Jones & The Six that will help you scratch that particular itch.
The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan
The world is reeling from the unexpected news that Cassidy Holes, also known as “Sassy Gloss,” has committed suicide. Fifteen years ago, Cassidy was the fourth member of Gloss, the hottest pop group America had ever seen, and after Cassidy’s death, the remaining three members are left wondering what they could have done.
If you loved Daisy Jones because of the beautiful but tragic main character, you’ll love The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes.
Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley
If you loved Daisy Jones because of the rock and roll interview format, your next read should be Fast Lane. This novel follows the rock band The Roadmasters, how they came to be, and how lead singer Preacher McCade falls in love with his muse, Lyla.
How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Described as honest, edgy, passionate, and often hilarious, How to Kill a Rock Star is your next read if you love rock and roll. This novel tells the story of Eliza Caelum as she moves to New York City for her career as a music journalist. Through her work, she meets the lead singer of the band Bananafish, Paul Hudson, and the two fall in love. After his corporate label threatens their relationship, Paul mysteriously disappears.
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Authored by Heather Cuellar.
The book that made her fall in love with reading was Harry Potter in the 4th grade, and she’s been obsessed with books ever since. She’s a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English. Studying English opened her eyes to how beautiful classic literature is, and she’s currently on a quest to read as many classics as she can get her hands on.