Friday, July 30, 2021

Malibu Rising

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

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 rising 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.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Loved Malibu Rising. I thought it was going to more of a summer/beach read but it was so much more and can be read any time of year. Each of the four siblings brings their own set of issues to the story. Expertly all brought together in the end in one big flame (literally). I think Kit is my favorite character. She is full of spunky and knows a lot more than people realize about her family. I really enjoyed Nina too as she seemed be the one that kept the family glued together after their dad left and mother died. She was the rock, but is ready to crumble too. The two brothers round the story out. 

I have recommend Malibu Rising to so many people and it is on so many best summer reading lists. You will not be disappointed. I really enjoyed Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I will have to go check out some of her other books.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles.

You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid.

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