Title: Malibu Rising

Author:Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release date: June 1, 2021

Series: Standalone

Pages: 384

 Rating: 5 STARS


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.

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.


Malibu Rising is the second book that I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I wasn’t sure if I will read this book but I saw this book everywhere and I decided to read it. I’m glad that I decided to pick up this book because I read this book in one day. I loved the story of the family Riva.

Malibu Rising is about Nina’s party where everyone is invited if you get an invitation or you knew where Nina lives. This year is different because Nina doesn’t want to hold a party because she going through an ugly separation and everyone knows about it. Hse wasn’t ready to face the world but for her siblings and her tradition, she will hold the party.

“Our family histories are simply stories. They are myths we create about the people who came before us, in order to make sense of ourselves.”

The book is told between past and present. In the past, we read about June and Mick Riva and their love story. I hated Mick Riva because he wasn’t capable to be a parent and a husband. We read about the story of Nina and how she become a mother to her siblings. I loved the family formed between the Riva siblings and how they take care of each other.

In the present, we see the party, how the siblings organized the party and how they are like family. This year every Riva sibling has a secret and they aren’t ready to confess their secrets. But until the party is over their secrets are revealed and once again the love between them wins. They are again a family without secrets and stronger bonds.

“Family is found…whether it be blood or circumstance or choice, what binds us does not matter. All that matters is that we are bound.”

I loved the siblings Nina, Hud, Jay, and Kit, I loved Nina because she was strong enough to raise her siblings and to be a mother for them. I loved Jay, Hud, and Kit because they were good kids who understand their situation, and they helped Nina to raise them. The relationship between siblings was beautiful. Every character of this story was flawed but real.

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About the author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles.

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