by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Adult Fiction, Historical
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.
Let me start off by saying rather simply: the new Taylor Jenkins Reid novel did not disappoint! I feel as though she’s definitely grown into an author now that I can fully depend on and know before I even read the first page that the novel I’m about to read is one I’m going to enjoy.
With Malibu Rising, her latest release, Jenkins Reids brings us the story of four very close children of a famous singer whom all have huge secrets, and at their annual party on the beaches of Malibu, the truth will come out and the night will end in a fire that devours Nina’s home. But what leads to it? That’s what we will come to find out.
What I love most about Jenkins Reid is that she knows how to tell a damn story, and she knows how to do it well. There’s something about her writing style, especially with her last few books, that makes it so intoxicating. I feel like each page is always pulling me in further to the story than the last. She knows how to grab the reader’s attention and Malibu Rising was no different. From the very beginning, I felt invested in each of the storylines and really enjoyed getting to know each character.
I loved all the little cameos and mentions to her other book, and I really enjoyed the different time periods from the 50s up to the 80s. The way it was written made learning about this family’s history so refreshing and interesting, and I loved each of the snapshots of the present with each of the main characters. One thing, however, that I wasn’t too keen on was the way it would include chapters from random people’s perspectives that didn’t have much to do with the overall plot of the novel, so I felt like these didn’t really add anything to the story.
It didn’t have quite the same kick to it as Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones, but it is still absolutely worth the read if you’re a fan of either of those two. Amazing characters and gripping storylines, Jenkins Reid has delivered another belter of a novel!