Review: MALIBU RISING - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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.

“One of the most anticipated [books] of the year—and rightfully so. . . . It’s a must-read.”—Parade

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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Malibu Rising
By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review: MALIBU RISING

MALIBU RISING—the latest from Taylor Jenkins Reid—imparts a compelling story about siblings, whose bonds once forged under the trauma of a broken family are now tested during one tempestuous night.

“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.”

We meet the Rivas the Summer of 1983, as Nina (the oldest) prepares for their legendary, celebrity-attended annual party. Everyone knows the Rivas: Nina, the famed surfer and model; Jay the champion surfer; Hud the talented photographer; and Kit, the feisty and youngest of them all. They are the sons and daughters of legendary singer Mick Riva, and of June Riva—the wife he twice abandoned.

Each of the Rivas’ children is embroiled in their own personal storm, one that would reign devastation during a party which would rage out of control by night’s end at Nina’s cliffside mansion in Malibu.

Through Reid’s addictive storytelling, we learn how Mick and June first fell in love, and how his infidelity let to the tumultuous environment that tore this family asunder.

Each character is fascinatingly flawed and nuanced, drawing you into their orbit from the very beginning. As in each of her novels, Reid manages to fully transport you into her world—you can feel the sun beating on your skin, smell the salty ocean breeze, hear the waves crash into the surf and feel the sand trailing from your toes.

With its commanding story line and foreboding undertow, MALIBU RISING swept me away, proving once again why Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my forever favorites.

“Maybe our parents’ lives are imprinted within us, maybe the only fate there is is the temptation of reliving their mistakes. Maybe, try as we might, we will never be able to outrun the blood that runs through our veins. Or. Or maybe we are free the moment we are born. Maybe everything we’ve even done is by our own hands.”

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