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Malibu Rising

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This book was absolutely enthralling, much like every other TJR book I’ve ever read. This fast paced book kept me in its grip until I was finished. I loved the flow of this story and surprisingly, I loved every character.
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I absolutely loved this book! Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master of writing and I can't wait for the next book in this loose series. 
Malibu Rising looks at a fantastic cast of characters (one of which you just might remember from Evelyn Hugo!) who all are struggling with their own problems but are always there for each other as a family. The ending was great as the chaos of the party is portrayed in such a subtle but effective way. 
Hands down one of my fave reads of 2021.
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I loved so much about this book. The family dynamics. The flow of the flashbacks. The plot. I couldn’t put this book down.
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Malibu 1983: Nina Riva always has a big end-of-summer party with her younger siblings. The four of them: Nina, Jay, Hudson, and Kit, are the children of singer Mick Riva, who abandoned them and their mother. All of Malibu is fascinated by the Rivas, and are drawn to the Riva party every year. This party is going to be life changing for each of the Riva siblings. Nina doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore after her professional tennis player husband left her for another tennis player. Jay is waiting for the girl of his dreams to show up. Hudson has important news that he must confess to his brother before it’s too late. Kit decides she wants to grow up at this party and finally kiss a boy. The party gets out of control, with alcohol and drugs flowing everywhere. By the next morning, the house will go up in flames. The four siblings must decide what’s most important in their lives and what can be left behind.

This was a tragic story about a tragic family. Though the four children had a famous singer for a father, he wasn’t there to look after them. They didn’t have enough money and had to look after themselves. There was a lot of generational trauma, with problems from their parents’ generation passing onto the children.

Even though the ending of the story is given in the synopsis, I had no idea how they would get there. Though I could figure out things that would happen before they happened, I got chills when I read the words. This story had a unique omniscient narrator, who knew everything that was happening in each character’s mind. The characters’ motives couldn’t be hidden from this narrator, but when the ending of the story is given away in the synopsis, this type of narration works well.

There are some trigger warnings such as alcohol and drug abuse, accidental drowning, abandonment, and adultery. Death at childbirth was mentioned but not part of the present story.

I was shocked and pleasantly surprised at the ending. It wasn’t what I expected at all.

Malibu Rising is a beautiful, tragic story that is perfect for the summer.

Thank you Penguin Random House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Another fantastic book by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I loved this family, flaws in all. Spunky Kit, Sporty Jay, Artistic Hud and Ballbuster Nina. This novel about family, and doing what needs to be done to keep one together, was poignant at times, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Riva family in this callback to the 80s. A definite beach read you will love.
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Meet the Riva's, Mick and June, Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit. The story bounces back and forth between Mick and june's story and that of their four children. Either storyline would be worth the read alone but put together they make a blockbuster of a novel. Family is the main theme - how important it is to be able to trust and count on those you love. Strong engaging characters together with an incredible story keep you reading from start to finish. You laugh with them, love with them and suffer with them. A great read.
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Made me want to be a guest at that party and in Southern California, for better or for worse. Delighted to include it in the June instalment of Novel Encounters, my column highlighting the month's top fiction for Zed, Zoomer magazine’s reading and books section (full review and feature at link).
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This was a MOST anticipated summer read for me and it lives up to the hype, especially for fans of a good character-driven, strong sibling relationships family story. Set in Malibu and taking place over the course of the 1950s to 1980s the story alternates between the early history of the Riva family and later in the 'present' of 1983 on the day the four Riva siblings throw an epic, life changing summer party. Nina, Jay, Hub and Kit grow up with a famous but absentee singer father and an alcoholic mother. Eventually Nina ends up being the main caregiver for her siblings, sacrificing her own dreams in order to keep the family together. Super strong characterization with lots of family secrets and revelations to keep the plot moving to the climatic ending. Selected as the Read with Jenna June book club pick, I highly recommend this one if you want a page-turner for your summer beach reading pleasure! 

CW: infidelity, alcoholism, loss of a parent, death by drowning
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Rounded up to 3.5 stars!!! This was one of my most anticipated reads or 2021. Taylor Jenkins Reid was releasing a book about siblings in Malibu! I was hooked by the cover release alone. This book follows four siblings who have overcame parents that let them down but have always been there for each other. Themes of sacrifice, family, love and forgiveness are evident throughout this novel. This novel takes place over 24 hours and I feel like I read it in less then that too. The first 60 percent was wonderful then we got so much filler featuring random characters at the party that I didn’t overly enjoy. The ending was a bit of a letdown for me but I do think a lot of people will enjoy this as a beach read this summer. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Jenkins is the very successful American author of books such as "Daisy Jones and the Six" and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo".  This new release is set in Malibu in the 1980's with some chapters set in the late 1950's.  The story deals with the lives of four siblings, whose absent father is the very famous singer Mick Riva.  Nina is the oldest and is a successful model.  Jay is a world winning surfer and Hud is a successful photographer.  Kit is the youngest at 20-years old.  It is the night of their annual summer bash and before the night is over there will be fights, secrets revealed and Malibu will have yet another fire.  Along the way we learn about how they all got to this point.  This is sure to be another hit for the author and is a wonderful recommendation for both her fans and those who like great family stories.  The character development is wonderful and I for one would be happy to see a sequel.  I loved it.
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There's something about the way Taylor Jenkins Reid writes that captivates me from page one. She writes such complex, complicated characters that make you root for them. I like that we got four very different siblings, and see them go through amazing character development throughout a book that takes place in 24 hours. I also really enjoyed in part 1 that we got flashbacks to see how their parents met, and the family history that took place up until the night of the present day in the book. As someone who has read the last two books from Reid, I like that there was mention of Mick Riva in both Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones, and in this book, we get a more fleshed-out view of his character. 

I will read whatever Taylor Jenkins Reid writes, and always recommend her to my customers because you're guaranteed to have a good time with her books. I can't wait to start talking about this book with more people!
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Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of my most anticipated reads of 2021 from one of my absolute favourite authors, Malibu Rising surrounds the four Riva siblings( Nina, Jay, Hudson, and Kit) in 1983 Malibu. It is also the whirlwind love story and tumultuous marriage of their parents, June and Mick in 1956 and the years of family events that follow. The novel specifically focuses on the day of Nina's Malibu Party, one that from the beginning of the story is hinted to be completely memorable.

And Nina felt a sense of doom, as she imagined how the night would play out. The conflict, the mess. This night, Nina could feel in her gut, was not going to end well.

Having read all of TJR'S books, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly I fall in love with all of her characters and become so invested in all their stories. What did surprise me was losing myself so totally in the surf scene. I was almost convinced that I needed that among my hobbies. Just kidding. I think I will just stick with reading books and watching movies about it. Through the descriptions and cultural references, I was certainly digging the 80's. There's a lot of characters that intersect with the Riva family, but TJR does make them just as memorable and fascinating as her main protagonists. Not to mention the dramatic adventures that take place during the "party of the decade." I don't really have any criticisms because I highly enjoyed the storyline and was captivated from beginning to end.

The perfect beach read! I mean, that cover alone begs to be adored!

Goodreads review published 24/05/21
Expected Publication Date 04/06/21
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Thank you to the publisher for an ARC!

This was very hard to read at times. All of the Riva siblings were so interesting, but what really interested me was Nina. As the oldest sister, I could relate to her so much. 

At times, I cried reading this book. It was heartbreaking to read how much the generations of the family went through. How they all seemed to follow the same path. Most of the book I just prayed that these 4 siblings didn’t go down the same path. 

It was a beautiful story about heartbreak and the strength of families. Though I loved it, I felt that the party it is centred around was quite rushed and there was a lot of people mentioned that it took up too much space. 

In the end, it was a fantastic read I highly recommend.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid has knocked it out of the park again with Malibu Rising. Her strength always lies in her nuanced characters, and this was no different. I loved watching the Riva siblings and their bond throughout the years. The development that Nina goes through especially was amazing to watch and how she overcame obstacles in her life. This has two timelines., the present day (in 1983) and the 50s-70s and I loved both equally.
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Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down! The writing style and the plot being told through alternating timelines completely captivated me as I fell completely immersed within the plot. My favourite aspect of the book would be the characters, specifically the relationships and how you see these relationships and characterizations grow throughout the events of the book. Although I felt as though many characters were introduced very briefly, in my opinion, their stories and all of these details were still wrapped up nicely and helped readers picture the craziness of the annual summer party. Highly recommend!
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This book was amazing. Taylor Jenkins Reid books are instant reads for me, and I was so excited to receive an advance copy from Penguin House Canada to read. This book has similar vibes to Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones, in that it is also set in the 1950’s-1980’s, has some celebrity aspects to it, and its set in California. I really love this aspect of her books, and I think it made this one great as well. Malibu Rising has many characters and although there are many characters in this book, you feel a connection to all of them in some way, even if they are only part of the story for a few pages, however the one I most connected with was Nina! I also liked how this book took place in two timelines, and how the stories merged throughout. TJR just has a great way with words, so when you read you can easily visualize being at the party at Nina’s house, surfing with the siblings, etc. I was looking forward to reading this one, and it definitely did not disappoint. I will be buying a hardcover copy when the book is released! 

Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin House Canada and Taylor Jenkins Reid for my advanced reading copy!
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Can Taylor Jenkins Reid ever do wrong?  I’m starting to think not, at least after The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & the Six completely knocked it out of the park!  With Malibu Rising, I can easily say that I’m now a lifetime reader.

Malibu Rising tells the story of the Rivas: Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit, a sibling pack whose lives are forever changed one night in 1983 during the annual end-of-summer party at Nina’s cliff-side home.  Before we get there, we glimpse the fated encounter of their parents on the shores of Malibu in 1956, when a starry-eyed June meets Mick Riva, an idealistic heartthrob who dreams of wealth and fame.  An instant match, June and Mick’s love seems to be enough to sustain them, until Mick’s quick rise to stardom spurs them on a path of heartbreak that has generational implications.  Nearly 30 years later, with both their parents out of the picture, Nina is left to pick up the pieces while her and her siblings, marred by trauma and dysfunction, find a way to move forward.

It has to be said that many of the novels I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid have a distinct signature; they all take place primarily between the 50’s and 80’s, intimately flirt with the notion of celebrity, and have a back-and-forth format to them (whether it’s in the form of an interview or rotating chapters).  They also happen to take place in California.  It’s truly a testament to her ability that, within the confines of this “style”, her stories /never/ get boring.  

One of TJR’s greatest talents is in characterization.  What makes reading Malibu Rising such an experience at times is the emotional engagement with the characters.  In accepting the reality of her parentage, Nina does everything in her power to make her younger siblings feel safe and pave the way for their success and happiness in life.  In June, the reader witnesses the tragedy of romantic anguish and how it leads to unhealthy ways of coping.  Through Kit, we see the struggle of finding identity in the shadow of others while beginning to learn new things about oneself.  Even the more heinous characters, while not redeemable through their actions, are not fully abandoned without the possibility of change.  One of the greater lessons of this novel is that all of our thoughtless deeds leave scars that cannot be healed by remorse.  

All in all, this was a beautiful story with a lot of heart.  If you’re looking for a dreamy summer read that balances the lavish lives of celebrities with a poignant view of family and loss, pick this up ASAP!

My thanks to Penguin Random House Canada, NetGalley, and to Taylor Jenkins Reid, for a dependably emotional and thought-provoking read!
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I honestly wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book at first.  I  did enjoy the story.   
I just felt there were too many characters being introduced almost right up to the end of the book.  Many of these characters were not really needed in my opinion.
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I don't feel as though I have any other choice but to love this book. The writing was, unsurprisingly, amazing. The characters (of which there were quite a few, both major and incredibly minor) were crafted with such detail and complexity there was no way to not comprehend their motivations or their emotions. At first it feels like you're passively along for the ride until suddenly at some point you feel like you're part of the story, inside the heads of the characters and watching everything unfold from above. There are things I could probably critique about the story as a whole, but I think the point of this book was how valuable the pieces were and how they fit together in the end. I couldn't put it down and I genuinely enjoyed myself while reading it. It had the glam and impact that I've come to expect from Taylor Jenkins Reid while still bringing something totally new to the table. Her books are definitely a must read for me.
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