Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A captivating story full of glamour, a beautiful setting and a family bond that’s unbreakable!

I received an advance copy of this on Netgalley.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
384 Pages
Published 27th May

Opening Line: Nina’s hair was wavy and wet. Sand clung to the edges of her feet, settled in the pockets behind her knees and the roots of her hair.

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.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

There is something about Taylor Jenkins Reid and the way she writes that draws the reader right in and Malibu Rising was no different. I was hugely excited to read this after falling in love with Daisy Jones and the Six (check out my review for that here) and it exceeded my expectations.

I was completely and utterly captivated by the Riva family. This book has such a wonderful and complex set of characters that each have their own story to tell. Many times throughout I felt like I was right there with them all….a long lost ‘Riva’ sibling watching it all happen.

The story is told by hours, leading up to the end of the party and with chapters that take you back in time to when the Riva children’s parents first met. These are the parts that gave me a Daisy Jones vibe as we learn about Mick Riva and his ‘rockstar’ life. Also fun fact, Mick Riva is briefly mentioned in Daisy Jones and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

As each hour passes by we learn more and more about each of Mick Riva’s children and each of their stories is beautifully woven into the next which allows the reader to fully understand the family. During the party we also experience side stories featuring other characters and even though you only meet them briefly it was still fascinating to read about each of one of them and essentially what they’re hiding from people – be that their true self, their love for another or their confidence.

This is a book that will draw you in and will have you thinking about it long after reading. I just want more….I could of quite happily read so much more about the Riva children and their lives which were full of glamour, surfing and of course heartache.

Overall this was a fantastic story exploring the price of fame, finding your true self and the strength of family bonds no matter what!

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