Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genres: Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction
Publication Date: 27th May 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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 & Review
Having read both previous books from this author and from reading a few reviews for this one from fellow book bloggers who’s opinions I trust very much, I decided to go ahead and request an eARC from NetGalley.
Malibu Raising tells the story of Nina Riva and her family. The story is told over a 2 timelines. One is set in the past and one in the present. During the past timeline we learn details about Nina’s parents and during the present timeline we learn about Nina and her siblings along with details of the lead up to the party. They story told in the present time is told during a 24 hour time scale. Each chapter is told from a different characters perspectives. Although I found this confusing at times I thought Taylor Reid’s made it work.
As a whole I think the characters were done really well. My favourite parts where definitely when the siblings were together. You could really see that they have a strong family bond and care for each other very much. Although I liked the characters for their relationship towards each other, as individuals I didn’t really care for them, I didn’t agree with some of their behaviours and attitude towards things.
My favourite thing about the book by far was the setting. I loved the descriptions of the beaches and scenery. They have made me want to visit Malibu even more. One thing that I was disappointed about was the climatic build up. Jenkin Reid’s builds up a climax very slowly, which definitely keeps you turning the pages, but just as you think something big is about to be revealed, it’s not. Sadly for me this big revelation never came.
Although a bit of a slow burn read, this was still a good read. And one I would recommend especially If you’ve read and enjoyed Jenkins Reid’s previous books.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Cornerstone for my eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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