A review by apalershadeofwhite
Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This story is so beautifully melancholic. It's dealing with all these issues - personal, public, controversial, common - and it's done in such a way that you feel every ounce of it. You feel for these characters as if they were actual people you were having a conversation with, and it breaks your heart that someone could be going through things like these all the while dealing with them alone.

This book had  had such an freaking amazing start. Phenomenal, really! I really liked the documentary-style writing because it was super experimentative for me, but it also played into my sporadic habit of jumping down pages to read the dialogue lol. I think, on the surface at least, it's written in a really accessible way; I think even non-readers would enjoy this! I mean, you can't read the word "I'd've" and expect a formal piece of work lol. I think there's an initial worry with this kind of niche writing style, but TJR is a writer like no other and somehow manages it. What talent. 

However, although I think this novel is written in a really accessible way for readers and non-readers alike, I don't think it is very universal. I am definitely someone who thrives while reading more traditional writing styles and I think there's something so powerful in a good description; whether it be tension or the linguistic side of writing or even just being written in a beautiful way. It's definitely fun to experience with writing styles, as both a writer and a reader, but I think the power that description can have is personally an integral part of my reading experience.

With this writing style, as well, I think it draws special attention to the little things. Every single thing someone could say is important. You have to really look at what they're saying and see if it could possibly foreshadow or symbolise something else. For example, some things would seem like an insignificant detail to read in a book but is actually a significant narrative point or turning point in a documentary.

I really like the grittiness of this book though, which was enhanced by the setting and plot as well as the writing style. We got to see what love is like on tour, what relationships and friendships are like, with an insane amount of candour. It made for some shocking things, but also some really funny moments as well. (Side note: I'm sorry but the name Karen Karen had me howling.) An example I like is when Karen is asked to wear mini skirts and low-cut tops and she says "an ugly face isn't, you know, the end of a man". I love that we got deeper things than just the sex and drugs that come with rock and roll and touring; we're getting other things like social commentary, which is really well broached. (Side note #2: Warren is a pig.) For instance, Billy expected to be in complete control and when finally letting someone else have a say in the creative process, even though he 'didn't think he should have', he expected to be praised and rewarded for making people feel included.

The author's note actually took me so off guard! I was not expecting that. I think I forgot that despite this being a book, it is still a documentary-style writing piece on this band, so of course there's going to be a character who is writing it! And that plot twist was one I didn't suspect at all, which just shows that TJR is crazy talented and can even shock you in experimentative writing styles like this!

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