Malibu Rising Book Reviews

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . .

“Irresistible . . . High drama at the beach, starring four sexy, surfing siblings and their deadbeat, famous-crooner dad.”—People

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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 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.

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Book Name Malibu Rising
Genre Fiction & Literature
Language English
E-Book Size 5.49 MB

Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid) Book Reviews 2024

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4 stars. Good book, not as good as the husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Great beach read!. Loved the story. Cried, laughed, cheered for them.

A - F Scale: B. Easy Read. Interesting. Ending: Blah.

So Disappointing. I had high hopes for this book because a lot of people had been hyping this author and I’d seen people reading this book while I was on vacation. But When I finished this book I literally threw it across my room and exclaimed, “what a waste of time!” I want to love every book I read, but this had zero plot, introduced a number of unnecessary characters and had the most disappointing, anti-climactic ending I’ve ever read.

well…. it was good and the story was sad and happy at the same time, to me it was slower read but it was good loved the happy ending

Beach read. Sort of a crazy story but a really great beach read. Enjoyed it and kept me wanting to read more.

Great Storytelling. I really enjoyed this book. I found the story and the characters to be well developed and interesting. The timeline was fun, the backstory of the parents helped to build the siblings bond. I did wonder about the detail given to some side characters later on, but it’s makes the ending more memorable. All in all great book. Highly recommend.

This book wrecked me.. As an eldest daughter as an older sister — this book rocked me to my core. A phenomenal read, it’ll break your heart and give you hope in a full swoop. This book took me back in time and painted Malibu under a new light. The characters are so individualistic yet share a thread of commonality due to trauma — it didn’t feel forced or in authentic. In fact it was the thing that brought me to tears. Definitely a must read!

Loved the book. Loved the book but expected more in the end.

Malibu Rising. Is the perfect title.. this book had a lot of family lessons and defining moments. This is the first book I’ve read from this author; I will look forward to reading another one. Definitely worth the read..

This book was ok. Not great but I finished it. I did skip through some of the long drawn out parts. I do agree with a previous reviewer that there were too many characters and too much information about them.

Rising. A perfect story about how you do not need to be blood related to love someone unconditionally and be a family.

Good read. It was good but some parts dragged on a bit and a lot of the story lines of characters at the party seemed unnecessary.

Don’t be afraid to work hard!. Such strength in two woman who had been wronged! Enjoyed the family dynamics!

What is the point of this book?. Waste of time

It’s about family…... I was caught up In these four lost souls , a love story to Family, whatever form or may take, and the many ways it can lift you up.

Light but clever and moving. I read this in 48hrs and I’d read it again.

Shameless but with money?. This felt like 14 seasons of Shameless put into 350 pages of a book. But instead of the dad being broke, dad is rich. I love the author, but this didn’t do it for me.

Great read. Easy and light. Great characters and I liked the day in the life plot

Love. Summer in a book

Awesome. Honestly one of my favorite bookd

Disappointed. Not my favorite from TJR- just okay. I did enjoy the Rivas family and their back stories but the introductions of the random characters in the second half was unnecessary and added nothing to the story.

Good book about family dynamics! I didn’t want it to end!. This is a good book with a great story of family and sacrifice. And what you will do and won’t do for your family. The glamorous life of fame and surfing vibe made you feel like you were in California! I didn’t want it to end!

Loved it.. Loved this book. The ending was perfect.

Malibu Rising. A fun summer read.

Malibu Rising. I loved this book. I thought the family story was very credible and the character development great. I’m anxious to read more from this authoe

Calming, Feel-Good Read. This book was a breath of fresh air. The characters are so easy to love, the storyline is well paced, and the ending is satisfying. Would definitely recommend this book!

kind of boring. i don’t think there’s even a plot to this

Part 1 5 Stars | Part 2 1 Star. What the heck?! Part 1 was a Marvelous summer read; part 2 made little to no sense. Lame

Malibu Rising. Not usually a fiction reader but this was phenomenal! Definite page-turner. You won’t be able to put the book down.

Great story.. A fun read with a great story!

Such an amazing story!. this book is such an amazing summer read. Every time I picked this book up, I struggled to put it down.

Malibu Rising is Incredible!. I couldn’t put this book down and stayed up all night until I finished it. And what a finish! I could identify with so many elements in this story as a native southern Californian who grew up during the same years. I felt like the author truly understood and was able to write so eloquently about what it was really like back then and similar hurtful experiences, pain endured, and growth enjoyed during those years. I loved it and, for some reason, my soul feels cleansed. The ending was perfect!

Entertaining and easy. Fun characters, twisted family histories, surprise ending. What’s not to like?

Satisfying. Really enjoyed reading this book. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming. Had some good lessons tucked in as well.

Long and Boring. Fell short of expectations. Took weeks to get though this book.

Lots of detail, good story. I thought it had too many characters and unnecessary details that detracted from the story. I like the Rivas and I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.

Perfect summer read. A page turner of a family origin family set in the middle of a coming of age summer blockbuster. Read in the course of two days.

Good book…besides the ending. Honestly I really liked this book a lot… until the last couple of chapter. The scenes with mick and the fire just felt super rushed and it wasn’t satisfying honestly, wish there was more to the end tbh.

Don’t waste your time……. This book was horrible. I forced myself to finish it & skipped through so much of the boring dialogue. There was no depth to the story. It read like a teenage novel.

Malibu rising. Easy entertaining summer read

Malibu Rising. A great tribute to us all as human beings.. Being great, or small, being kind or ugly,, all of it, in one excellently crafted novel.

Disappointing. After reading Daisy and The Six and Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I was excited for this read. I’m not quite sure why I’m not really feeling it, I think it might be the numerous people that was hard to get a feel for their character and a lot of what felt like pointless dialogue. The romances were also icky, the only part of the book that I enjoyed was how the parents relationship panned out. Otherwise it was very mid.

Could have been so much more. I’m torn about this book. On the one hand I was into it because I visited Malibu a few years back and really loved it. I guess I was hoping Malibu would take center stage but it really didn’t. Aside from mentioning some hot spots I didn’t feel the author truly captured the setting. It could have been atmospheric but it fell short and with the name of the town in the title I expected a bit more on that front. As far as the kids go…I didn’t really get a feel for each of them as strongly as they could’ve been painted. Nina was fleshed out a bit but how much is there to say about ages 25 and under? They were all just kind of boring. I understand that TJR’s characters show up in her other novels so perhaps we’ve not seen the end of all of these people? What bothers me is Mitch Rivas is deplorable but yet he gets to walk away unscathed and on top of it all he causes the fire that ruined people’s homes as a result of his not thinking about anyone but himself. He lives in Malibu - they all know better than to carelessly flick away a burning cigarette but he’s so full of himself it’s no shocker he gives no concern about the area he inhabits. Are we better off knowing about any of these vapid folks? Not really. It kept my interest but it could have been so much better. I agree with the other reviewers that all the introduced characters in the second half were completely unnecessary and I’m puzzled as to why the author included them. This won’t change your life but it had all the elements of a great book so that’s why it’s hugely disappointing that it wasn’t fleshed out more. There’s a story there but it isn’t this one. I’d love to read this story in the hands of a more skilled writer.

Mixed Feelings. I kind of feel like this book was all over the place especially at the end. It was going so good then the ending just went completely off the rails, like introducing Casey?? Weird. The fire? Weird.

Would be a Great Series/ Soap Opera. I loved it, until I didn't. The beginning really sucked me in with the back and forth between the parents story and the kids story. The second half of the book was filled with random stories of people we had no idea who they were, and their point in the story. I found they were pointless and unnecessary and took away from the main characters. I did finish it, and if this story would be turned into a series or cheesy soap opera, I would 100% watch it.

Good but…. I enjoyed this book a lot. Especially growing up not far from Malibu pulled at my heartstrings and I connected with the main character but I feel like the ending was rushed and expected more. Good read but I will say I enjoyed Daisy and the Six more.

Loved it. Great summer read!

Choppy and way too many characters. The initial premise about the family started well. But this book is all over the place, and has so much is fluff and unnecessary tangents.The whole party scene is so disjointed and goes off on so many tangents that I found myself skipping through paragraphs.

Intriguing from start to finish. Both story lines were equally entertaining. I couldn’t wait to see how it all enfolded.

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