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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 384
Publishers: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1st June, 2021

Malibu Rising is the story about one unforgettable night in the lives of the Riva siblings set in Malibu of August 1983. Nina Riva’s annual summer party is the wildest and most coveted party of Malibu and this year this party will end in flames.

The story is about the four Riva siblings.

Nina, the oldest one, who sacrifed so much for her family that she is almost like a mother to the other three. After losing their mother, she was the one to bring up her younger siblings. But she isn’t looking forward to the party and she doesn’t want to be the center of attention.

Hud is nervous to attend the party because he is due a confession to his brother, Jay.

Jay, on the other hand, is excited for the party because he invited the girl of his dreams to the party.

And Kitt, who is on her path of self discovery but she also invited someone without consulting anyone.

But by the morning the party goes out of hand and at the end Nina Riva’s house is ablaze and burning.

What made me love this book immensely was the storytelling and the story itself. TJR is a master of storytelling as we have seen with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six. The way she interweaves all the character’s storylines into one big picture is amazing. There were many characters, like loose threads, and TJR brought these loose threads together and made a complete picture in the end.

Despite being so many characters in this book, I did not feel confused or overwhelmed at any moment. Each and every character were so different to a point where they felt like real people to me because they were thoroughly flawed and extremely well developed.

I loved how family was at the heart of the story. I adored the relationship and love between the four siblings. They cared for each other so much and had the loss of their mother among them as an open wound. They loved each other deeply despite being so different from one another. Regardless their differences, they shared a beautiful bond.

Let’s not forget the wild side of the music and film industry that’s depicted in this story. I personally dislike this glamorous industry for this very reason but nonetheless it was fun to see the wild stories that the different characters had to tell, especially Mick, their father.

Despite the crazy shenanigans, this book was deeply emotional for me. The sibling’s love for one another moved me, their grief for their mother ached me, their father’s absence angered me.

In conclusion, I absolutely adored this book. This book was a crazy ride and I would highly recommend this book!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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