Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. (2021).
**4 out of 5 stars*
Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party and anticipation is at fever pitch. Everyone wants an invite to be with the Riva siblings: Nina the talented surfer/supermodel, Jay the championship surfer, Hud the renowned photographer and their adored baby sister Kit. The siblings are a source of fascination, especially as the children of legendary singer Mick Riva. By midnight the party will be completely out of control and by morning the mansion will be in flames. But ahead of that first spark, the alcohol will flow, music will play and the loves and secrets that shaped this family will all come bubbling to the surface.
I was really excited to read this one after absolutely adoring the last two books by the author (Daisy Jones & The Six; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo). I’m not going to lie, while I did really enjoy this one, it did not hit the same level of awesome for me that the other two did; but to be fair they are pretty hard books to beat! In this one we have four siblings who are known for their own talents as well as their famous, albeit estranged, father. I liked that we experienced all four siblings’ perspectives. While the storyline focuses on the day/evening of Nina’s party, it also delves into the history of their family which I really enjoyed and thought that was the strongest part of the story. There’s a few interludes of random guests at the party where we experience their perspectives for a couple of pages; I didn’t really think that was necessary myself. I did find this to be an entertaining and easy to read book – it’s been described as the perfect beach read, I can say I read it over a couple of stormy winter days and can confirm that it would be a great read in any weather.
Overall: I’d happily recommend this entertaining family domestic drama.