In Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Nina Riva has been holding her family together for far too long. While she and her three siblings have all risen to more fame than anyone could predict there are still shadows of their mother, famous crooning father, and tragedy that keep the four together. On the night of her famous annual party, it seems like the four Riva’s life is a tinderbox about to be set into flame. Taking place in a well-remembered time in old Hollywood, this party will be one to remember.
“Because, just as it is in Malibu’s nature to burn, so was it in one particular person’s nature to set fire and walk away” – Taylor Jenkins Reid, Malibu Rising
My love for Taylor Jenkins Reid started long before Malibu Rising with the 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Reid has a wonderful voice which allows her to speak life into a time in Hollywood that is often remembered but whose story still feels untold. In Malibu Rising, she captures the nostalgia for old California while still humanizing the people within it. The aesthetic of surfing mixing with the stars of Hollywood and music created an atmosphere that couldn’t be beaten. At the same time, she told the story of the Riva children and what it took to grow up in the shadow of fame.
The aesthetic of the house party on the Malibu cliff is something else. The number of background characters living their own lives and going through their own dramas was brilliant and brought life to the party. I’m also happy to say that the ending was not as tragic as I had feared, but had a certain catharsis which felt like taking a deep breath after holding back for a long time.
I received an e-book arc of Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid from the publisher Ballantine Books.
I recommend Malibu Rising if you loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
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