Malibu RisingTaylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising

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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.

Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid) Book Reviews

Very good, but ending could have been betterVery interesting. Great characters and insights. But the last eighth of it was not as good as the first seven-eighths. But we’ll worth reading..Score: 4/5

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..Score: 3/5

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..Score: 3/5

Easy read but not for meI could barely wait to be finished by the time the party started (and not in a good way). I enjoyed Nina Riva’s character but the rest of the book was shallow. The characters weren’t likable and the writing lacked depth. I imagine some might enjoy this book as an easy beach read, but it’s not for me..Score: 2/5

Loved itGreat summer read!.Score: 4/5

SatisfyingReally enjoyed reading this book. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming. Had some good lessons tucked in as well..Score: 4/5

Malibu TisingFirst time read by this author! Loved it!.Score: 5/5

So DisappointingI 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..Score: 1/5

Malibu risingEasy entertaining summer read.Score: 3/5

Malibu risingGreat family drama!.Score: 5/5

Would be a Great Series/ Soap OperaI 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..Score: 3/5

Good readIt was good but some parts dragged on a bit and a lot of the story lines of characters at the party seemed unnecessary..Score: 4/5

Great beach read!Loved the story. Cried, laughed, cheered for them..Score: 5/5

Malibu RisingI 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.Score: 5/5

Malibu RisingA great tribute to us all as human beings.. Being great, or small, being kind or ugly,, all of it, in one excellently crafted novel..Score: 5/5

Could have been so much moreI’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..Score: 3/5

DisappointedNot 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..Score: 3/5

Loved it.Loved this book. The ending was perfect..Score: 5/5

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

What is the point of this book?Waste of time.Score: 2/5

RisingA perfect story about how you do not need to be blood related to love someone unconditionally and be a family..Score: 5/5

HighschoolFor high school students on vacation Poor story,poor writing,and boring.Score: 1/5

LoveSummer in a book.Score: 5/5

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!.Score: 5/5

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.Score: 4/5

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!.Score: 4/5

Malibu RisingA fun summer read..Score: 5/5

Long and BoringFell short of expectations. Took weeks to get though this book..Score: 1/5

Two thumbs upFabulous read.Score: 5/5

Perfect summer readA 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..Score: 5/5

Hello FrankI enjoyed this book. I like the way the author writes. It reminded me of Frank Sinatra ‘s life story. The characters were good reading though..Score: 4/5

Great summer readSo much intrigue. The backstory is so good and I felt so connected with the four siblings. Captivating leading up to the party and so much more beyond that. Great summer read.Score: 5/5

Beach readSort of a crazy story but a really great beach read. Enjoyed it and kept me wanting to read more..Score: 4/5

DisappointingAfter 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..Score: 2/5

AwesomeHonestly one of my favorite bookd.Score: 5/5

FineIt was ok. Maybe a beach read. No depth and I could forget about it for weeks then pick it back up and feel like I hadn’t missed anything. The story was interesting and you want to find out who set fire to the house, so you get through it...eventually..Score: 3/5

Great storyAll families have baggage and this one has its fair share. This is an enjoyable read..Score: 5/5

5starsGreat read..Score: 5/5

Light but clever and movingI read this in 48hrs and I’d read it again..Score: 5/5

A - F Scale: BEasy Read. Interesting. Ending: Blah..Score: 4/5

4 starsGood book, not as good as the husbands of Evelyn Hugo..Score: 4/5

I got sucked in by the reviewsTerrible ending.. by the time I finished reading the last page I wished I had watched paint dry instead ..Score: 1/5

Intriguing from start to finishBoth story lines were equally entertaining. I couldn’t wait to see how it all enfolded..Score: 5/5

Malibu RisingNot usually a fiction reader but this was phenomenal! Definite page-turner. You won’t be able to put the book down..Score: 5/5

Kind of boringI don’t think there’s even a plot to this.Score: 3/5

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..Score: 1/5

Mixed FeelingsI 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..Score: 3/5

Not the worst but predictable.A quick beach type read. Not much to chew on.Score: 4/5

Malibu RisingIs 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...Score: 4/5

Loved the bookLoved the book but expected more in the end..Score: 4/5

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