Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a compelling and heartfelt story about the rise of a ’70s rock band and their infamous breakup. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the book yet, check out my preview and review first.
The story is about the fictional iconic band, Daisy Jones & The Six. Their album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late ’70s and an entire generation of girls wanted to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979…until now. For more about the synopsis, click here.
Let’s get into the book club questions
- What did you think about the storytelling style of the interview format? Did you feel it worked for this story? Why or why not?
- Daisy seemed constantly lost and using drugs and alcohol to fill a void. What do you think she truly desired and/or felt she was missing?
- We get to know the Six and how they got their start. We also learn that Billy and Graham’s father walked out on them as kids. How did that impact both brothers as adults?
- What did you think about Billy and Camila’s relationship? Were you surprised they stayed together after she found out he cheated on her? Why do you think she stuck with him through it all?
- Why do you think Billy was so resistant to Daisy joining the band at first? Was it because he was attracted to her and afraid of temptation; did he simply not think she was needed or was it something more? For instance Karen says:
“People have said Billy didn’t want Daisy to join the band because he didn’t want to share the spotlight but I don’t think that was the case. Billy wasn’t really an insecure guy in that way. I think she just…unsettled him. However you want to interpret that.”
What do you think she meant by that?
- What was the turning point for Daisy and Billy to start to warm up to each other? When do you think they both started to have feelings for each other?
- As we read the interviews, we can tell both of them, especially Billy, seem to hold back the complete truth at times. In what ways, did their songwriting and actions on stage tell the truth when maybe they weren’t being honest to each other and to themselves?
- Let’s talk about how Daisy and Billy are so similar to each other. Why did they both seek solace in drugs and alcohol (at least Billy in the beginning of the novel)? Do you think Billy was scared that if he spent too much time with Daisy he might be tempted to abuse those substances again?
- Daisy admits in the interview how she fell for Billy. But even all these years later, Billy can’t quite get there, he hints at it but he always goes back to his love for Camila. Why do you think he can’t admit how he felt and possibly still feels about Daisy? Do you believe someone can be in love with two people at the same time?
- Let’s talk about Karen and Graham’s relationship. So, we can tell he’s crazy about her and she eventually warms up to him, too. But when it comes to longevity and the idea of having a family together, she can’t see herself there. Part of the reason is because she feels if she does have his child, she will have to give up her dreams of playing music. Let’s talk about our thoughts about all of that. Do you agree with her? Why or why not?
- One of the key scenes of the novel is the night of their last concert in Chicago stadium. This is where Daisy finally admits to herself that Billy will never leave Camila. Daisy says:
I feel in love with the wrong guy who was exactly the right guy.
Let’s talk about what she meant by that. Do you think it’s something many people can relate to in one way or another?
- Daisy is distraught after the concert and Camila, of all people, helps her to her room. Camila is well-aware of how Daisy and Billy feel about each other—but she knows it’s tearing everyone apart. She then asks Daisy to leave the band. But she makes sure to tell Daisy she’s rooting for her to get clean and to be happy. Daisy says Camila changed her life when she said:
“Don’t count yourself out this early, Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”
Let’s talk about our thoughts about that section and why Camila said what she did to Daisy.
- We learn what everyone’s been up to since the band broke up. What did you think about how everyone turned out? Were there any surprises?
- Let’s talk about the ending. Before Camila passed away, she writes an email to her daughters asking them to give their dad Daisy’s number. Why do you think she did this? Do you think Billy contacts Daisy?
What to read next
Here are some more book recommendations! One is a well-written book about music and the other is another fantastic novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid. (Click the titles or photos to purchase from Amazon.)
The Air You Breathe is an engrossing tale of two friends in 1930s Brazil brought together by circumstance and music. This is a big novel, not just in page numbers (449), but also on a sweeping scale. Dores is a nine-year-old working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s. There, she meets Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron. Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. Music will become their shared passion and the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is about a fictional actress (think Elizabeth Taylor) finally telling the world the truth about her glamour-and-scandal-filled life from Old Hollywood. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
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