I loved everything about Taylor Jenkin Reid’s latest book, Daisy Jones & The Six—from the way it was written entirely in the form of responses to interview questions, to the reveal of who was interviewing all the members of the band, to Reid’s exploration of love and fame, to the outfits described in the story.
Like many people who read Daisy Jones & The Six, I was convinced the band in the story was real. I googled them several times, only to find out she’d made them up! I did realize the book was fiction when I picked it up, but Reid wrote the characters so convincingly, I assumed it was a fictional account of a real band. And I know I wasn’t alone in this.
I was dying to see the photograph of the album cover described in the story. The one in the dessert of Billy and Daisy’s torso’s where he was in denim on denim and she was in cutoffs, a sheer white shirt, and bangles up to her elbows. So over at SincerelyRiley, we recreated a version of it!
Daisy Jones Inspired Look
Billy Dunne Inspired Look
I’m a very visual person which was why I was so excited to bring scenes from Waiting at Hayden’s to life after writing my book. I couldn’t wait to see my imagination come to life and when I think back to staging the characters’ homes and hiring all the actors to play the parts of my main characters I still get chills at how surreal it was to “meet them.”
Thankfully Daisy Jones & The Six is becoming a TV series next!
So much of this story will stay with me—particularly the visuals Reid painted so well of this iconic rock band in the 70’s and all the times she made me reevaluate love. I love when an author is able to do that, and when someone else’s writing makes you feel understood.
Some of my favorite quotes about love from the story are below. What did you think of this story?! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find it here.
GRAHAM: “People say that life keeps moving, but they don’t mention that it does stop sometimes, just for you. Just for you and your girl. The world stops spinning and just lets you two lie there. Feels like it, anyway. Sometimes. If you’re lucky. Call me a romantic if you have to. Worse things to be.”
DAISY: “Songs are about how it felt, not the facts. Self-expression is about what it feels to live, not whether you had the right to claim any emotion at any time. Did I have a right to be mad at him? Did he do anything wrong? Who cares! Who cares? I hurt. So I wrote about it.”
Billy: “I had hurt Camila. God knows I Had. But loving somebody isn’t perfection and good times and laughing and making love. Love is forgiveness and patience and faith and every once in a while, it’s a gut punch. That’s why it’s a dangerous thing, when you go loving the wrong person. When you love somebody who doesn’t deserve it.”
DAISY: “It seemed like there wasn’t anything about me, any truth that I could tell him, that he wouldn’t accept. Acceptance is a powerful drug. And I should know because I’ve done ’em all.”
BILLY: “Some people will never stop being themselves. And you think it drives you crazy but it is the very thing you will think about when they are gone. Wen you don’t have them in your life anymore.”
DAISY: “Camila looked at me for a moment and then she said something that changed my life. She said, “Don’t count yourself out this early, Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”
BILLY: I said it again. “If I had a record contract, would you marry me?” She said, “You got a record contract?” That’s when I knew, right then. That Camila was my soul mate. She cared more about the record contract than anything else.
CAMILLA: “I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?”