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Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (ARC)

"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."

Pages: 384


I received Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid for free on NetGalley by Random House UK, Cornerstone and Hutchinson in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this advanced copy!

Malibu Rising will be published on the 27th May 2021 in the UK and will be available on GoodReads & Amazon.

Malibu Rising was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I can't even being to describe how grateful I am for being able to read an early copy! Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favourite authors and any book of hers is instantly an "auto-buy" for me!

Malibu Rising follows the story of the four Riva siblings - children of the legendary but absent Mick Riva (love the Evelyn Hugo Easter egg here!) - and the lead up to one of the most notorious parties in LA history as well as the great Malibu fire of 1983.

I absolutely loved the characters and how the author can make the reader feel so attached to them in such a short amount of time. Taylor Jenkins Reid is the Queen of character driven stories that portray the intricacies, complexities, flaws and beauty of human life. The closeness of the siblings was so special and I also really enjoyed the backstories of their parents and how everything builds up to this one night. The parallels between the parent's lives and the children's was so well done, it's funny how often history can repeat itself generation to generation especially the sacrifices that we're willing to make for the ones that we love.

I loved the writing style - I got swept up in the story from the very first line and I found it impossible to put down until it was finished. It's like gradually getting pieces of a puzzle and at the end when everything comes together it makes the most gorgeous picture. Also I do have to say that this is my fourth book that I have read by the author and literally every single one has made me cry. For writing to be able to provoke such intense and profound emotion is such an amazing skill and one that Taylor Jenkins Reid has perfected.

Malibu Rising is a brilliant story of family and sacrifice that is both heartwarming and yet also heart wrenching. An absolutely amazing read!

Thank you so much to the author and the publishers for this advanced copy - it has been an absolute pleasure to read and review!

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