BOOK REVIEW: MALIBU RISING BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: June 1, 2021

Hardcover, 384 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Ballantine Books, I received an eARC)

GOODREADS RATING: 5/5 STARS

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

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 for him 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.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

 MY THOUGHTS:

I absolutely loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by this author, so it was a no brainer to request this one. I was highly anticipating this read since I heard it was coming out.

The character development in this book is absolute perfection! No one writes characters you love and ones you love to hate like this author does. I loved that it told generational stories as well as the original story line. I feel like it was necessary.

I can honestly say I didn’t see the ending coming. I thought it would wrap up smoothly in a totally different way, but I still loved it.

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