MALIBU RISING - TAYLOR JENKINS-REID
Title: Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins-Reid
Published: June 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Family
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.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Yes, yes, one thousand times yes *ring emoji*. This one had it all plot wise: family drama, love and lust, riches, a sneaky connection to the infamous Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo, and one heck of a Malibu Beach party. I adored everything about it until the very last page, and did not find it lacking at any point. Jenkins - Reid did a great job of building each character and the overall premise before the party started, and creating a consistent feeling of intimacy. I didn’t find the multiple concurrent storylines at all mind boggling, but completely enthralling, and the time shifts not disjointed, but flawlessly executed. I knew this was going to be decent, because HELLO it’s @tjenkinsreid. But once again, she stays true to being unparalleled in her ability to craft exceptional characters and stories, and retains her title as one of my top go to author recommendations.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book started of BRILLIANTLY in true TJR fashion, poetic not in its prose but in its plot. She introduced June & Nina, two strong female characters that I fell in love with unfalteringly. They were without a doubt the champions of this book. TJR is exceptional at narrating chapters by adapting the language to her characters even when it’s not in direct dialogue, switching perspectives with impressive fluidity. Ok, skip to the last third of the book; it grew in pace to a point where it felt like there was WAY too much going on. There were too many perspectives introduced that felt ultimately irrelevant. It craved focus, but instead was stretched so thin it skimmed over their individual struggles. The plot became cringeworthy and the writing lazy, losing so much of its artistry and finesse. Devastatingly, the ending ignited nothing in me. I wish it had have just focused on the tumultuous relationship of Mick & June Riva. I think ultimately, the writing just wasn’t what I have come to expect from TJR. I guess the bigger the reputation, the higher the expectation.
Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for sending us an advanced review copy of this book.
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“How were you supposed to change- in ways both big and small- when your family was always there to remind you of exactly the person you apparently signed an ironclad contract to be?”