Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books • Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Happy publication day to what will definitely be one of my top reads of 2021! This was my fifth Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I was blown away by it! I absolutely loved it and it is dethroning Daisy Jones & the Six as my favorite TJR book.
For a story that spans over two time periods, the mid-1950’s when Mick Riva met June, through the years that followed when they had their children, Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit, to the story in 1983 told over 24 hours as Nina hosts her yearly party, it just flowed so seamlessly. I enjoyed getting to know each of the Riva siblings, what made them who they were, what they were learning about themselves, and how through it all they would always be there for each other. All of the characters you meet along the way – while they might seem minor when you first read about them – help in building the story. Without giving anything away, I truly loved the ending of the book and the transformation of each of the Riva siblings.
The writing was absolutely beautiful and at times emotional. The picture TJR paints on each page is so vivid that you feel like you are cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway with the Riva siblings, surfing alongside them in the Pacific Ocean, and a guest at Nina’s party.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
CW: Death, alcoholism, drug use