Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid: A Review

If you are looking for the perfect Summer read, Malibu Rising is the book for you. I remember buying this book a couple of years ago, but it's been stuck in my wardrobe for ages. As I said in my last book post, I lost my love for reading after the lockdowns were lifted. Getting back to normality was more important than reading a new book!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid


This is the first Taylor Jenkins Reid book I have read, plus I had heard rave reviews on Malibu Rising, so I was eager to read it!


The story centres around the Riva family - Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit, four siblings who live in Malibu. The story centres around the past and present. The past centres around how the four siblings parent's met and what happened to Nina and her siblings during their childhood. The present centres around Nina Riva's annual end of Summer party in 1983, which is deemed to be THE biggest celeb event of the year. While we delve into the past through the book, the present is split into two big chapters - 7:00am-7:00pm and 7:00pm-7:00am. 


During the past chapters, we get to know more about the Riva's childhood and upbringing. It's quite sad how the sibling's childhood ended up, with Nina (the eldest) having to be the ultimate provider, support and nurturer for her three younger brothers and sister. What I loved is that during the present moment and during the party, we see how tight-knitted the siblings are. There are side plots which put their loyalties and love for each other to the test. Especially when their absent father Mick, who is a famous singer and performer, returns from the past.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid


I had a lot of sympathy and admiration for Nina during this story. The responsibilities she was handed at the start of adulthood are quite momentous, but her character is incredibly strong, grounded and quite the protagonist. I loved her siblings Jay, Hud and Kit. All of them have unique personalities and are very likeable characters. Another character I had sympathy for was Riva's mother, June. She has a tough time raising her children when her husband Mick is away a lot because of his career. 

Would you recommend the Malibu Rising?

Absolutely!


I loved this book! I won't lie, it took a few pages for me to really get into it. But once I got into it, it is such a heartwarming, but equally heartbreaking read. This book focuses on family, forgiveness, making mistakes and experiences. This is definitely the perfect Summer read when you're sitting by the pool chilling with a cocktail/mocktail. I'm also going to look at other Taylor Jenkins Reid books, I loved the writing style and it's a writing style I enjoy reading. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on Malibu Rising!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid


28 comments
  1. Your thoughts on the book and the way you articulate its strengths and impact are truly engaging. It's clear that you thoroughly enjoyed the story and connected with the characters. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful review and inspiring us to dive into this captivating read!



    Candice x

    theblogsocial.com

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    1. Thank you so much Candice, it's such a great read, would highly recommend! x

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  2. Oh this sounds like a GREAT read! I will so have to check this out.

    Allie of
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  3. I've never read a TJR book and I don't know what's stopping me! There's SO much hype around them, so they must be brilliant. I loved the series of Daisy Jones so it figures that I'd probably like her books too! Great review x

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    1. I can definitely understand the hype around them after reading this one! x

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  4. Daisy Jones is on my watchlist but I haven't had a chance to settle down with it. I haven't read any of this author's books, but that is a gorgeous cover, very inviting, and it sounds like a great poolside read :)

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    1. I'd like to read Daisy Jones too, so that will be added to my TBR list! The cover is so nice, that's what drew me to it!

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  5. This book sounds great. I like the past / present concept! I need a summer read, this sounds ideal.

    Claire.X
    www.clairemac.co.uk

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    1. This is the perfect Summer read Claire! x

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  6. I really enjoyed this one too, as well as some of her other books. They are great as audiobooks too.

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    1. I need to start reading some of her other books!

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  7. I've heard wonderful things about this book and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I'll definitely be adding it to my list this summer.

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  8. This sounds like a great one to add to my summer reading list! x

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    1. I'd definitely add it to your Summer reading list Gemma! x

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  9. This sounds like such a good summer book. I've just finished The Nightingale, it was absolutely incredible!
    Rosie

    https://www.loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. Oh I'll have to have a look at The Nightingale! x

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  10. I love that feeling when you really get into a book! This sounds like a lovely read :)

    Corinne x
    https://skinnedcartree.com

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    1. It's such a great feeling when you really delve into a book! x

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  11. I may have to give this a read for myself soon!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

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  12. I haven’t heard of this book or author before. You have shared a great review. It sounds like an interesting concept of the past and present. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. It's such a good concept of flitting between past and present Lauren x

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  13. This sounds like a great read. I'm adding it to my reading list! Sam - Roaring Pumpkin

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  14. I enjoyed Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor, and currently have this on my shelf. Makes me want to read it more! x

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    1. That's one book I would love to read next, I've heard good things about it x

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