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Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

malibu risingBook: Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Age & Genre: Adult Historical fiction

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 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.

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.

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

Malibu Rising wasn’t what I expected it to be, I don’t know if I just had high expectations but I was disappointed by it. I was interested in the story but it felt very similar to Daisy Jones (which I loved) but not in the way of evoking similar feelings just that parts of the story felt the same especially the flashback scenes with the parents since those parts were about a singer trying to make it out on the road and the family he left behind, it felt too similar to Daisy Jones to me but it wasn’t as captivating as it.

I liked the focus on the siblings but I just didn’t feel as connected to them as I wanted to and I felt that the characters in this book all got on as if they were older than they were. It felt like every character had this kind of weight on their shoulders that made them seem decades older than they were.

I thought the setting was great. The descriptions of Malibu from the 50s to the 80s felt very vivid, I could really picture the scenes and settings of it and I loved that. I also loved how the family surfed together and had this connection with each other and the water.  The writing was still compelling even though I wasn’t as emotionally invested in this story as with the author’s other books.

Overall I was disappointed in Malibu Rising but I still liked some parts of it. I loved the setting and the writing is compelling but I found it didn’t pull on my emotions as the author’s previous books.

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