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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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?

8 thoughts on “Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. I can relate to so much of this post.

    1. This is on my list of books to read.
    2. I started reading at night in addition to my lunch hour.
    3. There’s not enough time to read between work, home duties, and other hobbies (gym and cross-stitch).

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  2. Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo are both absolutely spectacular books! Personally I think that Daisy Jones the book is a tiny bit better overall (TJR gets better with every book she writes, and as amazing as Evelyn Hugo is, there is a step up in writing skill between the two books in my opinion), but Evelyn Hugo the character resonates slightly more. If that makes any sense. I haven’t read Malibu Rising yet, but I have really high hopes because of the author, and because every review I’ve read has been overwhelmingly positive!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting! I don’t get to read a lot so I can never pick out what makes truly great writing but after Malibu Rising I’m desperate to read more from the author. I really hope you enjoy MR as much as I did!

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