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Malibu Rising

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  30,411 ratings  ·  6,098 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Ballantine Books (first published May 27th 2021)
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    Dec 25, 2019 marked it as unreleased  ·  review of another edition
    You say Taylor Jenkins Reid
    I say sold
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Tatatataaaa, may I announce you one of the best of the best reads of 2021?

    During my read:
    I cried a lot...
    I sniffled...
    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
    Emily May
    Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: contemporary, 2021
    2 1/2 stars. I like all kinds of books. I like fast-paced gossipy dramas and slower, character-driven literary works. I like the books that you read desperately, that you can't put down, and the ones that make you stop and contemplate something you hadn't before. But, while I didn't always dislike Malibu Rising, I do think it falls somewhere right between the two-- not quite juicy enough to keep me up late, but a far cry from a complex literary novel.

    Maybe it would have felt more like the latter
    Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I just finished Malibu Rising, and I'm overwhelmed with emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I come away feeling like the Riva family irrevocably touched my heart.

    On its surface, there's nothing immediately special about this story. It's a tale of functional and dysfunctional relationships and families all wrapped up in the setting of a party, and it's been done many times before. Yet, Taylor Jenkins Reid infuses so much more into it. There's something about her characters, her writing, and her plo
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Aug 04, 2020 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
    *Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for providing my review copy.
    Sheyla ✎

    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
    Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    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,
    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This was a weird reading experience for me, if I'm being honest. I absolutely blew through it, picking my kindle up to sneak in an extra page or two during every spare moment that I had. I absolutely adored the first 60ish% of the story, but things kind of started to go down hill for me as we approached the big party and the ultimate climax of everything. As we get into the party, we go from reading exclusively from the perspectives of the Rivas, to reading short littl ...more
    You know that feeling you get when you try something amazing for the first time? For me it was the first time I tasted cheesecake. It’s like I inherently knew that I would never meet a cheesecake I didn’t like, no matter what flavor it featured, and I’d always want another bite.

    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
    Emma Giordano
    Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
    *rising from the depths of my Goodreads grave to add this to my TBR*
    Elyse  Walters
    In order to not feel completely nauseated...(such a let down book after “Daisy Jones and the Six”)...
    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
    Dec 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Yeah, I'll read anything this woman writes. ...more
    Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars
    This was probably my most anticipated book of the year and I'm really sad I didn't love this the way I thought I would. This is a beautiful story about a family coming of age and figuring out who you are and growing up. I love that its set in Malibu in the 80's, the beach vibes were immaculate. But to be honest I found most of this book to be so boring. I didn't care for Mick or June as characters and I was really bored by their flashback chapters. I was really invested in the four sibl
    Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it

    this is the second book i have read by taylor jenkins reid, and while her books may not be literary-award great, they are great fun—fast-paced and frothy, but underneath the pure escapist pleasure of them are layers with real emotional texture.

    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
    Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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    3.5 stars

    The Rivas sure know how to throw one heck of a party. And Taylor Jenkins Reid sure knows how to write one heck of a book.


    Malibu Rising, TJR’s follow-up to her bestselling novels, Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, is all sand and surf. Set in 1983, the story revolves around a day in the lives of the Riva siblings – Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit – as they prepare for Nina’s infamous end-of-summer
    Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
    There is something about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing that just draws you in. She tells a story so different than anyone else. You are instantly there in California with the sun shining down and sand between your toes.

    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
    *Now available in the UK*

    A tale of riches, excess, family and betrayal

    Malibu Rising tells the story of the Riva family, from the 1950's, when June and Mick first met and fell in love, to the 1980's, when their children are grown, and having their annual party.

    Let's just say that I didn't burn for this one...🔥

    It's no secret that I struggled with this, and it probably would have been a DNF, if it wasn't an ARC, but I soldiered on, determined not to squander my luck at getting a TJR ARC! I am prett
    May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    ↠ 4.5 stars

    It’s August 27th, 1983, and Malibu burns. Just hours earlier the famed end-of-summer party hosted at the Riva mansion was in full swing, and not a soul knew that it would soon end with Malibu in flames. The Riva siblings have always attracted attention, having made a name for themselves in the surfing world, and being the children of legendary singer Mick Riva. The end-of-summer party is tradition, yet the only one not looking forward to it is Nina, the eldest of the four. After being
    Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
    When it comes to Taylor Jenkins Reid, there are fans that are B.E. and A.E., as in Before Evelyn or After Evelyn. I am straight up B.E., because I fell in love with the author’s contemporary fiction before the publication of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo that took her not only into historical fiction territory but also into the mainstream.

    Oh how I hope she returns to her B.E. style one day soon, but in the meantime, here’s a glimpse into my thought process regarding her latest novel, Malibu
    Sahil Javed
    Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: bookshelf, adult
    i will literally pay taylor jenkins reid to keep writing books every year. i won't truly be alive until this book is out and in my hands. ...more
    Michael David
    Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Christmas came early for me this year, in the form of TJR’s latest novel.

    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
    Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest offering is a dysfunctional family drama that revolves around the Riva clan, the tragedies, trauma, celebrity and surfing set in Malibu and the twenty four hours, the famous, drug and alcohol fuelled end of summer party in August 1983. In a story that shifts from the past and present, we learn of the intricacies of the painful relationship between iconic rock star Mick Riva, a character that will be familiar to those who have read the author's other books, and June, ...more
    Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
    I started reading Taylor Jenkins Reid about 6 years ago...before she was a household name, and the stories of Emma (One True Loves), Lauren (After I do) and Hannah (Maybe in Another Life) are still MY personal favorites because those stories resonated with me.

    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
    David Putnam
    Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Looooved, loooved this one, as I do with all of Reid’s novels. Five glorious stars. This one will also go in the top ten books for the year. The depth of characters, their motivations and most importantly the voice, top shelf skill level. The story is about one night, one party in Malibu, a unique idea (not sure anyone else could’ve pulled it off so well). To make it work we had to know the characters intimately before the party starts. There are two interwoven plot lines, the day of the party, ...more
    look at me. look me in the eyes. anything taylor jenkins reid writes. ANYTHING. i will read it.
    Jan 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

    (💌 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
    Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2021
    this was such a let down
    Larry H
    Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc
    Don’t you love it when a book you’ve been dying to read by one of your favorite authors lives up to the hype? That's how I feel about Malibu Rising , the upcoming book by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

    It’s 1983. Superstar model Nina Riva and her siblings—surfing all-star Jay, talented photographer Hud, and Kit, the youngest, who’s ready to be taken seriously as a woman and a surfer—are getting ready to have their annual party at the end of the summer. Once again this year the party is at the Malibu man
    I became totally immersed in this saga of the famous Riva family, set amongst the homes of the rich and powerful in Malibu. It’s skilfully told over the course of one very eventful day, leading up to Nina Riva’s legendary annual summer party. THE party to be seen at – no invitations; just knowing her address is enough to show up and the rich and famous from all walks of life show up in droves.

    When June, daughter of a couple who ran a beachside seafood café, met Mick Riva, an up and coming singer
    Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    I am such a hardcore Taylor Jenkins Reid fan.

    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
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    Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid. ...more

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