ARC Review | Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu RisingTitle: Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: ★★★★★
Publisher: Ballentine Books
Release Date: June 1, 2021

“Malibu catches fire.
It is simply what Malibu does from time to time.
Tornados take the flatlands of the Midwest. Floods rise in the American South. Hurricanes rage against the Gulf of Mexico.
And California burns.”

I am a simple girl. Give me a sibling story and rich people drama and I’ll be in love, so it’s no surprise that loved every second of Malibu Rising. From the almost haunting lament of the fires of Malibu to the out of control rager that is Riva summer party, this story had it all.

I immediately loved each of the Riva siblings. Nina is one of the most selfless characters I’ve ever encountered. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders so her siblings can follow their dreams. The amount of care and devotion she shows them was both heart warming and heart breaking because she sacrifices so much for them. Jay is a charming and suave professional surfer whose afraid he’s already at his prime. Hud is shyer than the other siblings, but is not as innocent as first glance suggests. And Kit’s brashness and bravado hides a secret about herself she’s not ready to confront. Each of the siblings feel the weight of their famous father’s legacy and deals with the expectations and notoriety in different ways.

I loved getting flashback to the parents, Mick Riva aspiring singer, and June Costas, who wants more than to inherit her family dinner. Their relationship is complex and messy. Honestly this whole book is complex and messy. There’s fraught history, tension, and a sense of inevitability that permeates the story and makes everything feel tragic and glorious at the same time.

I loved that the story takes place of a single 24 hour period. The self contained timeframe create a countdown that increased the tension and kept me engaged. Malibu Rising is a story about destruction and rebirth, grief and healing, sacrifices and selfishness, disappointments and joys and the inevitable highs and lows of life.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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