Audiobook Review – Malibu Rising

Title: Malibu Rising

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 4.09

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: Audiobook


Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Random House for approving me for an ARC of this book.

After reading and loving The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo I was very keen to read this. I also have Daisy Jones and the Six on my bookcase which I have heard a lot about.

The story is told from several POV switching from the night of the fire in 1983 to the 1960’s. In the 1960’s we learn the story of June and Mick Riva. June was a young girl desperate to escape the future of running her parents seafood restaurant. Mick was a young man looking for fame as a singer. When these two meet they set off on a rollercoaster of a story filled with love, heartbreak and sadness. I initially felt sorry for June and what she was going through but there was a point when I actually felt more sorry for her children and what they experienced. Mick Riva was selfish, fame hungry and loved to be loved. He was not father material.

In 1983 we meet June and Mick’s children, Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit. Each of the siblings have their own hopes and fears for their annual summer party and as the story progresses we learn more about them and their upbringing. Of all the siblings my favourite was Nina. I admired her not only for the role she played in her siblings lives but how she handled herself. She neve let life get her down and always strove to make a better life for herself. Along the way she got a bit lost and sacrificed too much but she did so with the best of intentions. When she confronted her father I felt deeply satisfied at what she said and wanted to give her a massive hug for saying what she finally thought.

This was a slow burn read that was about so much more than just a fire. It showed the connection between family, how deep our roots run and what we will do to protect each other. I found the final scenes between the siblings quite emotional and felt that despite their parents, they had done very well for themselves.

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  1. I also enjoyed this, and I can imagine it would be good as an audio book. Mind you, many people were a bit put off by all the party guests showing up and all their stories, but I didn’t mind that too much. Daisy Jones is still my favorite, though!

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