Add it: Goodreads
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.
Going into this, I did wonder if it would beat Daisy Jones and the Six for the TJR top spot! I uploaded a whole video on my Booktube channel where I read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and decide which one I think is best. Malibu Rising did pretty well!
I loved the setting of this one. I’ve never been to California, let alone Malibu, but the vibes I got from this book made me feel like I was there at the beach. I tend to really enjoy books about fame (in Hollywood more than bands or singers), and this one encompassed the glam outward lifestyle with the dirty undertones perfectly.
This family is a mess, mostly because the siblings’ dad is an absolute arse. But, they have each other. I love the siblings’ relationships in this one. I loved how Reid alternated back and forth, showing the reader how the parents and siblings’ lives led up to this point, and then snapping back to the “present” with the build up to the fiery party.
While I didn’t love this one as much as Daisy, I think it holds up pretty nicely to Evelyn. I would love to read all three of them back to back to reaquaint myself with this world that Reid has built, and really dive into the character relationships again because it’s all just so interesting.
I loved it!