by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
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.
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.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓 1/2
Let me start by saying I was glad to be reading a book that wasn’t about murder – we have exhausted that topic for now. Back to dysfunctional families- hooray! This perfect summer read was light fluff. A page turner- it didn’t require a lot of brain power to plow through it. (Side note: For all you TJR fans…Did you notice that Mick Riva was one of Evelyn Hugo’s 7 husbands?)
Holly says: 🤓🤓1/2
Meh. Personally, the kind of book I don’t like to read about the kind of people I don’t care to read about. A few mildly funny, somewhat ludicrous parts where you think “couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people”. A very fast beach read when you don’t want to have to think – at all. This is my second Taylor Jenkins Reid novel – maybe she’s just not for me. I am definitely going to need some convincing to pick up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo after the other two.
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