A lifetime holding it together.
One party will bring it crashing down.
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 champio ...more
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What makes a book a great book? Is it writing? Is it the premise? Is it the characters? Or is it the author's voice? I don't know but I can tell you, I thought the Malibu Rising checked all the boxes above. It was superb!
I had so much fun with the multiple storylines which is weird because usually I’m against too many characters moving around all over the place. Nevertheless, in this case, it completely worked for me.
Let's meet the Rivas:
Mick Rivas, the father, an unfaithful man, a famous r ...more
During my read:
I cried a lot...
I giggled the sarcastic humor of the author when she described the party animal celebrities!
My heart warmed up when I read four siblings’ close, honest relationships.
I mesmerized by the whirlwind time travel ride between 50’s to 80’s!
I was shaken to the core, emotions are everywhere after reading Mick and June’s tragic, blasting, heartbreaking story!
TJR is one of my all ti ...more
This is just my third TJR book. I loved Daisy and The Six even though there is very little that I can relate to the rock star life. I have followed music all my life though and my husband follows the background of rock stars and groups so that book was very entertaining to me, especially with the audio version's fantastic production. I also enjoyed the audio version of Evidence of the Affair. In the case of Malibu Rising, which I read rather than listened to, ...more
This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and all I can say is, YUM!! I’m definitely gonna want more of this. Don’t care what flavors, just gimme a bite.
The Riva family in this book are fascinating. Iconic singer Mick c ...more
TJR’s latest three, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the Six, and now Malibu Rising have not. (I KNOW! The first two are EVERYONE else’s favorites!)
I am just not a person who becomes star struck by Movie Icons, Rock Star ...more
Every year in Malibu, Nina Riva throws an annual end of Summer party. For anyone who is anyone, this is THE party to be seen at. Who wouldn’t want to party with the famous Riva family?
Nina is a famous surfer model. Her brother, Jay, is a highly talented and award-winning surfer. Her other brother, Hud, is a well known photographer. Then there is her youngest sibling, Kit, the sister everyone loves.
The year is 1983, and Ni ...more
around half way into this Southern California doozie-eye-rolling novel....
I decided it was up to me to turn the tables... and have a little fun.
And so I did....( kinda)....
But oh dear....”Taylor, I love you...have enjoyed all your previous books....but “Malibu Rising”, is not your best work.
It was 1983....
Malibu was a place were rich white people lived....
....home to beaches cradling the crysta ...more
A party is about to take place. No invitations. Anyone who knows the date and address is welcome. Come one...come all. Only this party may just get a bit out of hand.
Four siblings have grown up in the shadows of their famous father Mick Riva. . Their life hasn’t been easy. And th ...more
I gave The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 5 stars, and Daisy Jones & The Six 4.5 stars. Unfortunately, though I still thoroughly enjoyed every page, Malibu Rising is my least favorite of the three...and is receiving a 4 star rating.
This novel takes place over a twenty-four hour period in 1983, though the first half the book does flash back to the fifties/sixties and encompasses the love story of the Riva patriarch and matriarch, Mick and June. I ...more
(💌 full, unedited review on my blog, because the original version was too long for goodreads)
white nuclear families will literally surf instead of going to therapy for their trauma
this is one of those rare and extraordinary instances where my rage over a book propelled me through its pages at a speed i am totally unused to. i'm typically a slower reader, especially when losing myself in a world i love. this is because i enjoy soaking u ...more
This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I can’t wait to read the rest.
This follows the story of the four Riva siblings as they throw an end of the year annual summer party. The book gives insight to their childhood and family.
The characters were well developed and I felt myself rooting for them all. I’m not even sure which one I liked the most!
The party was fun, wild and drug fueled. I felt like I was there in 1983!
Beautiful cover! I truly felt like I was in Malibu ...more
this one is similar to Daisy Jones & The Six in a bunch of ways—the dual shiny/pointy nature of fame with its various perks and temptations, female characters whose raw talents are sidelined or overshadowed by the media's fixation on their sex appeal & rel ...more
As the title would suggest, this one is set in Malibu and focuses on the iconic Riva family. The four siblings run the local beach-side restaurant; one is a world class surfer, one a calendar model, one a talented photographer, and the youngest an aspiring surfer. Their father, famous singer Mick Riva, has been out of their lives for decades.
The first half of the book really sets the stage with the backstory for all the characters and the second half is focused on the annual Ri ...more
First book read in 2021 and first winner of the year. I sure started 2021 picking good!
A couple of years back I absolutely adored "The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo". Then "Daisy Jones & The Six" was a huge disappointment. I don't know if it was the book's format or the fact that I listened to the audiobook version, but I didn't connect with it at all. Not having read any other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I came into this one wi ...more
The prologue of the novel talks about the many times Malibu has caught on fire and then risen from the ashes. This is a very appropriate metaphor for the Riva family, who live in Malibu, and who have survived some major crises.
This novel takes place over the course of 24 hours leading up to a huge party. It’s 1983, and 25-year-old Nina Riva is known for throwing *the* party of the year on her cliffside house in Malibu that everyone wants to be at. Nina took over raising her younger siblings after their father abandoned them for a second time and their mother lost herself in a bottle and then, by drowning in the bathtub after drinking too much.
The relationship between the siblings is rendered incredibly well, ...more
I've been all about anything written by Taylor Jenkins Reid for a while, but particularly I love this style of writing seen in Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo where she writes a sort of memoir about her fictional characters - in a way that is so realistic you feel like you could type their name on Google and see them featured on Wikipedia.
I'm not sure if this is a trilogy or ...more
As someone who has LOOOOVED every other TJR book, I went into this with very high expectations. Unfortunately, it failed to deliver.
The beginning was strong, especially the flashback portions to the 1960s of the Riva family history. The 1980s present, however, was an extremely slow burn. It felt like it was building up to an epic climax... and fell flat. It never really seemed to shock or go anywhere with intent.
I am extremely grateful to have received an ARC and whil ...more