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Malibu Rising: A Novel Paperback – June 1 2021
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AN INSTANT #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A New York Times Editors' Choice
"Celebrity culture takes centre stage [in Malibu Rising] as four famous siblings throw an epic party that ends with the family mansion burned to the ground. Immerse yourself." —Toronto Star
"Reid's descriptions of Malibu are so evocative that readers will swear they feel the sea breeze on their faces or the grit of the sand between their toes. The Rivas have a believable sibling dynamic, and the family members are complex and delightfully flawed (especially Mick, whose bad decisions reverberate throughout the novel). . . . A compulsively readable story about the bonds between family members and the power of breaking free." —Kirkus Reviews
"Reid unfurls a fast-paced and addictive story of a group of celebrity siblings in Malibu. Reid's handling of the various arcs is impressive. . . . Page-turning indulgence hits the spot." —Publishers Weekly
"[Taylor Jenkins] Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines." —The Washington Post
"Heart-wrenching and utterly compelling, Malibu Rising is a story about the fierce bonds between four fascinating siblings. The novel immerses us in a glamorous, star-studded world but at its heart it's full of raw human emotion. Its characters felt completely real to me - each one is flawed and messy and impossible not to love." —Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare
"The term 'beach read' is sometimes looked at askance, but when applied to Taylor Jenkins Reid's new novel [Malibu Rising], it's the ultimate compliment." —Vogue
"[Malibu Rising] lives up to the expectations. . . . Full of sunshine and surfing, nostalgia and nuanced family dynamics, we're California dreaming of seeing this one adapted into a limited series ASAP." —E!Online
"Taylor Jenkins Reid is back with yet another tale of the pleasures and pitfalls of celebrity. . . . This is a turbulent but touching story of the sacrifices we make for our family—and how those sacrifices change us.” —Elle
"It's a must read." —Parade Magazine
"Propulsive." —Good Housekeeping
"Jenkins Reid understands group dynamics. . . . [Malibu Rising] concerns a family of famous siblings. On the day of Nina Riva's big annual party in 1983, they follow their usual routines; by that night, their family home will be ablaze. In between, readers absorb the Riva secrets along with the ample sun, sand and saltwater. Although all the characters are vividly defined, model Nina is the book's heart—a woman whose status never eclipses her loyalties." —The Los Angeles Times
"Simmering with sexual tension, this hugely enjoyable ensemble narrative turns on a raucous party thrown by the messed-up celebrity offspring of a philandering hit singer in Reagan-era California. . . . A glitzy tale with the moreish allure of a 1980s bonkbuster." —Daily Mail
"Malibu Rising will be the sought-after book of the summer." —Booklist (starred review)
"There's an impeccable sense of balance in Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising, a natural order in which every action meets its equal and opposite reaction. . . . Reid's sense of pacing is sublime as she introduces and dispenses with a revolving door of characters to approximate the chaos of a rager where sloshed A-listers couple up in the closets and waiters pass trays of cocaine. . . . It's not a spoiler to say that this will all end in a blaze." —The Washington Post
"If summer could somehow fit into a book, then you'd find it in Malibu Rising." —Oprah Daily
"Another bona fide hit . . . a decadent family drama. . . . Malibu Rising is packed with plenty of scintillating scandal, but Reid cultivates real empathy for her characters, who form the tender heart that beats at the novel's core and are its greatest achievement. Malibu Rising is a juicy, irresistible book that will sweep readers away." —BookPage
"Pure exhilaration." —The Times (UK)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a multifaceted perspective on family, love, fame and what it takes to start over. . . . Malibu Rising is a fast-paced story that explores what it takes to be a parent, with all its intricacies. At its core, it is about how you can love someone with all your heart and still mess up horribly. What matters, in the end, is that you commit to loving them, you show up each time and you try to do better." —The Nerd Daily
"The novel is messy, scandalous, entertaining, and fast-paced, like a reality show on paper." —Apartment Therapy
"Jenkins Reid has lost none of her touch. . . . The titular setting is a stroke of genius, for decades of brand appropriation have conditioned even hardened cynics to associate Malibu with carefree glamour. . . . Imagine Blue Water High and Selling Sunset had a lovechild, or Jackie Collins rewrote The O.C., then combine these ingredients with warm, propulsive storytelling, and you’ll get an inkling of this family saga's escapist magic. . . . Jenkins Reid sweeps us along on a riptide of emotion and well-paced tension. Malibu Rising is both immersive and relaxing, as every great beach read should be. . . . Malibu Rising is a love song to surf culture and an evocative but not rose-tinted portrait of 1980s hedonism in a much-mythologised city. With its satisfying narrative arc, clear messages and pinup cast, it has (Witherspoon?) screen adaptation written all over it." —The Evening Standard
"Unapologetically escapist beach-read fiction." —The Sunday Times
"The perfect, literal, beach read, with the emotional depth of the ocean. I was such a fan of Daisy Jones and this certainly didn't disappoint." —Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?
"It's a full on escapist delight." —Stylist
"Sexy, sultry and full of intrigue, it's ideal reading fodder, as long as you have an ice-cold drink by your side." —The Irish News
"Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid for the escapism we all need—sex-on-the-beach cocktail (quite literally) of a book." —Pandora Sykes, author of How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?
"Think Selling Sunset with knobs on as Taylor Jenkins Reid again plunges us into the intoxicating, heat-heavy realm of intrigue of Malibu, this time amidst the world of the filthy rich." —BBC News
"Set in 1980s California, this hedonistic novel is about one unforgettable night for the Riva family. . . . we already know this is going to be a page-turner." —Hello!
"[A] punchy and incisive take on fame and its consequences, from the sympathetic characters to the salty surf atmosphere." —Daily Mail
About the Author
- Publisher : Doubleday Canada (June 1 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 038569220X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385692205
- Item weight : 481 g
- Dimensions : 15.47 x 2.54 x 23.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cons: the writing/dialogue is very cringy at times. The ending is a bit of a let down.
Would recommend for an entertaining summer read but nothing more.
A slowwwwwwww start
But ended up picking up and being ok
Not as good as other of TJR but pretty good
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Malibu Rising is sadly not as good as either even though there's a lot to love in here.
I think the main problem is that it is under-developed and sort of half-written. A couple more drafts and some editing, re-arranging and cutting would have elevated this novel to the standard this author is capable of.
It feels as if her publisher might have rushed her into print too soon. Or her editor blew smoke up her posterior & told her it was fantastic when it was still a work in progress.
I think this author is incredibly talented and I will read her next one and I'm not sorry I read Malibu Rising it's just not what it should have been.
I’m unpopular with my opinion I know.
But this book took me by surprise. What I thought it was going to be (like a Jackie Collins novel) with horrid little rich people sniping at each other and Botox lol….turned out to be nothing of the sort.
This had a lot of depth to it.
Loss of a parent in death and a father who couldn’t handle fatherhood.
Yes, they had money, but they worked for it.
The eldest daughter made sacrifices.
The family dynamics were intense and I loved every word and shocked myself that I enjoyed it so much.
I only read it thinking I needed an escape from thrillers, maybe a nice summer read. What I got was much more.
So maybe I’ll give her yet another chance when she brings her next book out!
The novel flits back and forth between the night in question - when the annual Riva party takes place - and the early years of the siblings' (Kit, Hud, Jay and Nina) lives and the relationship between their rock-icon father Mick and their mother June. It's all very dull - I had to force myself to keep reading, hoping it would pick up and get better.
As for the party itself, at that point a lot of unlikable characters are introduced very briefly and quickly - after all, the author needed people to populate the party with. But they're cardboard cutout characters - there as space-fillers (literally) and the reader can't care about them because they're unimportant and their time in the spotlight of the novel brief. One example is a mini-story (literally covering a couple of pages) about a guest called Eliza and how she'd like a certain type of man but decided not to stay at the party but go home and read a script (who cares - she's not relevant to the novel) - and here's an example of the frustrating style of writing. We're told 'And so, she did not go inside. Instead, she hung out in the front yard, talking to her friends. And Seth hung out in the backyard, looking for love'. It's written with the type of gravity you might reserve for characters who are the focal point of a novel - star-crossed lovers who might later meet. But nah, Eliza has a few pages and that's it. Like I say, filler material - and not even good filler. Or this - where an actor at the party is introduced: 'Back in high school in Dayton, Ohio, Robert Vaughn Donovan III did not make the football or the baseball team. But the moment he stepped into the school auditorium, he had found a home. With his quick wit and charmingly exasperated delivery of almost every line, he had the drama kids in stitches. His dad's college roommate...' Actually, I won't bore you with the rest. But all this setup for someone at a party who does nothing at all - who has no role in driving the overall plot forward - frustrated me as a reader.
This novel lacks plot, pacing, interesting characters. It's a slow amble across the years, repeatedly flagging up how nice Nina is, how errant Mick is - and it's all tell, tell tell. It's not even titillating. Barely any sex scenes and when there were, they were brief, boring and pretty chaste.
If you are looking for a summer bonk-buster or even a summer page-turner, this book isn't it. It doesn't even feel like it's written by someone who has any insider knowledge of the LA set. I've read that the author used to be a casting agent - but it doesn't feel like she's been close to celebrity or has any interesting stories; unlike Jackie Collins who was clearly close to all the gossip, scandal and sizzle and conveyed every ounce of it in her books. Honestly, what a damp squib of a novel this was.