Making the decision to read at night before going to bed is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I used to get into bed and spend at least an hour mindlessly scrolling on my phone and now it’s August and I’ve read 13 books so far this year! I read until my eyes are struggling to read the words and then I don’t struggle at all to fall asleep. Sure, I’d love to be able to read double the amount I am, but there’s just not enough time in the day for all the hobbies. Anyway, I’m here to tell you about my latest read, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Set in the 80s, the four Riva siblings host an epic annual party at the eldest siblings house, but this party in particular will change everything. That’s as much as I knew when I started reading, but this wasn’t the book I was expecting at all. The majority of the book switches back and forth between the present time and the preparation of the party to back in the 60s and delves into the past of the main characters. Nina is married to a successful tennis champion and hosts the party each year in their huge house on the cliffs above the beach, but her marriage is troubled to say the least. Jay has made a name for himself in the surfing world but his career is in jeopardy because of a health condition. Hud has found the love of his life, but she just so happens to be Jay’s ex. Kit is lost and doesn’t know who she is, and all these problems come to light on this fateful day.
At face value, not a lot actually happens in this story, but it’s all about the characters and they’re absolutely fascinating. I really struggled to put this book down each night because I just wanted to know more, about both the past and present. It’s a testament to the author because in anyone else’s hands this could have been an awfully dull tale. Malibu Rising is the most recent novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid but her last two books have been really well received and I’ll definitely be reading one of them before the year is out.
Are there any fans of the author out there? What would you recommend more out of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo?