Malibu Rising #BookReview #maliburising #bookworm #historicalfiction @randomhouse #adultfiction

Synopsis from Penguin Random House:

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change 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.

About: Malibu Rising is a historical fiction written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was published on 6/1/2021 by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 369 pages. The genres are historical fiction, adult romance, and chick lit. According to the publisher’s website, “Ballantine Books was established in 1952 by the legendary paperback pioneers Ian and Betty Ballantine, publishing original works of both award-winning fiction and nonfiction in both hardcover and paperback formats under one umbrella, including such bestselling novelists as Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin, Debbie Macomber, Jonathan Kellerman, Tess Gerritsen, Justin Cronin, etc.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Malibu Rising on 1/18/2022 and finished it on 1/23/2022 at 3am as part of a group read. I was invited to join a group read via Instagram. A great read except for so many introductions to new characters towards the end. All well developed characters, but some side characters I didn’t care for especially those who wrecked the party with their intent to vandal. I loved that there were details of how June’s parents were like as well as Mick’s parents. No wonder people often say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I enjoyed reading about June and Mick’s life as well as the lives of their children. I loved the family story and the siblings stories. I liked how the ending wrapped up the beginning about fire in California. Nina’s a great eldest sister role model because she took it upon herself to take care of the family. I liked how Nina’s marriage almost ended up like her mom’s. It’s good to be reminded that not everyone get everything they wanted and how everyone feel regret after it’s too late. I felt bad for June’s life especially when she regretted her choice as a teen that created events for the future.

This book started with how wildfires occurred in California just like tornadoes occurred in the Midwest and hurricanes occurred in the Gulfs. One night in 1983, there was a big house party and the next morning, Malibu, CA’s wildfire broke out. Then the story began with Nina, 25. The morning before the fire broke out, she’s delaying waking up because she’s sad that her pro tennis husband Brandon left her for his pro tennis mistress Carrie. The second view was Jay, Nina’s brother and surfer champion. He and youngest sister Kit, 20 came by to invite Nina out to surf with them. All three siblings has a famous father, Mick. They met up with Seth who went to school with Jay at the beach. Jay was uncomfortable that Seth was checking out Kit. The third view was Hud (Hudson), 23, half brother of Nina, Jay, and Kit. He’s dating Ashley, ex-girlfriend of Jay. Hud took pictures of almost twin brother Jay as he surf. The story was told in two parts and alternate between 1983 and 1956 and onward. In 1956, the story was about how their parents, Mick and June, met. Mick was 23 and June was 17. Mick came out to Malibu to make it big with his singing career while June helping her parents with their struggling restaurant dreamed of a glamorous life beyond the restaurant. They started dating and he asked her to get married. There were background stories of Mick’s parents, June’s parents, and of the siblings growing up. The story was organized in 24 hours from 7am to 7am the next day.

Malibu Rising was well written and a fast paced read. During the group read, everyone complimented the author’s two previous books: Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones. I’m excited to read them. The author wrote well developed characters and I cried for them at some parts. This story could be considered as rags to riches and maybe some luck. Nina worked hard for her money. She and her siblings basically lived off the land. They surf because they enjoyed it and it’s free by their house. They practiced and became good at it and then they turned it into a money making machine. It’s good to read how Nina had to eat tomato slices instead of fries to keep her figure. Staying skinny is definitely hard because one have to give up delicious foods! This book reminded me how people behave in different ways for a reason. It was mostly how they were raised. This is my first read from the author and it will not be my last. I do recommend everyone to read this book!

I rate it 4.5 stars!

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About the Author:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter and their dog. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).

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***Disclaimer: I’m reading a book I bought with my own money.



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