Thank you to Lauren and the team at Hutchinson (Penguin Random House) for this gorgeous proof copy of Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is my first read of a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I’m looking forward to reading more in the future (Daisy Jones and the Six is on my book trolley ready to read).
A lifetime holding it together.
One party will bring it crashing down.
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.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, whilst relaxing in the sunshine in the UK (we did have a few days of continuous good weather!).
The story is set over 24 hours as Nina prepares to host her annual Malibu party, an event that has snowballed in size and reputation over the years. This year, her husband has run off with another woman but she hasn’t cancelled the party.
Nina’s siblings are concerned about her but also have relationship, health and career issues of their own. Alongside the story of the day of the party, we have the story of how Mick River treated his family as he became famous.
As someone who works with young people and is a mother, I wanted to shout at Mick River for abandoning his children and their mother. His daughter had to quit school to bring up her siblings, to endure unwanted attention as a model to pay the bills.
As the party hots up, Nina’s ex-husband returns, secrets are spilled and announcements are made. As the guests start to enjoy more than just the party food and atmosphere, tempers flare and punches are thrown. Will this be the last party thrown in Malibu by Nina?
An excellent read, a book I didn’t want to put down as the story unfolded. A reminder to anyone who aspires to be a celebrity that the price of fame is high, it will ruin relationships and reputations. If you haven’t read this book yet, then I suggest that you add it to your shopping list.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of several novels, including Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.