MALIBU RISING BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID


PLOT SUMMARY:

A lifetime holding it together.

One party will bring it crashing down.


Malibu: August, 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.


The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud-because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he's been inseparable since birth. Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can't stop thinking about promised she'll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own-including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.


By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family's generations will all come bubbling to the surface.



MY REVIEW:

We read this for our book club and I was so excited for it! I absolutely adored The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and also enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six so I couldn’t wait to get lost in another TJR world ☺️⁣⁣

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I did really enjoy this and loved some of the characters but I feel it is so hard to find a book that lives up to Evelyn Hugo 🙈 I fell in love with that whole story and the characters and I just felt this one lacked that level of depth. Don’t get me wrong, it is the perfect beach or cosy read and you get totally lost in it. ⁣I thought that pace was really good and could so clearly picture everything as it happened. I just have Evelyn Hugo on a pedestal 🤣 I found the ending of Malibu Rising a little over the top and confusing, there were so many names and it was hard to keep track but other than that, a great read!

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One thing I love that TJR does is how she links each of her books and always has her stories rooted in deep, and sometimes upsetting, topics. From alcoholism, to infidelity and more, she always addresses big topics in a way that is approachable and this is nicely done in Malibu Rising. ⁣I love Nina’s strength and Kit’s grit and how they all got through so many awful tragedies together. As I said above, I did feel Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones had a little bit more below the surface but this is still a very thought provoking read.


Another thing that TJR does is create a story, world and characters that feel so weird. I genuinely wanted to Google each of the characters. I also love how she crosses some of her stories and there are little Easter Eggs for the reader to discover.

So look, I will always be a TJR fan and I cannot wait for her next book! This is the perfect reading slump read, it’s one everyone can enjoy! ⁣


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES: Sexy

Addictive

Deep


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'She knew she could not sustain he life fuelled only by the memories of those she once loved.'


OVERALL RATING:

7/10

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