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Malibu Rising: The Sunday Times Bestseller Paperback – 28 April 2022
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From the bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX and THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid for the escapism we all need- a sex-on-the-beach cocktail (quite literally) of a book' PANDORA SYKES
'I LOVE it . . . I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so fun' DOLLY ALDERTON
'It's 365 pages of pure exhilaration' THE TIMES
August,1983, it is the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone who is anyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: surfer and supermodel Nina, brothers Jay and Hud, and their adored baby sister Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over - especially as the children of the legendary singer Mick Riva.
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 of dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family will all come bubbling to the surface.
'The perfect, literal, beach read, with the emotional depth of the ocean' HOLLY BOURNE
'It's a full on escapist delight' STYLIST
'This summer's must-read novel' RED
Praise for Daisy Jones & The Six
'Utterly believable . . . fantastically enjoyable' THE TIMES
'Pitch perfect' SUNDAY TIMES
'Prepare to be obsessed' STYLIST
'I devoured this in a day, falling head over heels for it' REESE WITHERSPOON
'I LOVE it . . . I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so fun' DOLLY ALDERTON
'I didn't want this book to end' FEARNE COTTON
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Heart-wrenching and utterly compelling, Malibu Rising is a story about the fierce bonds between four fascinating siblings. The novel immerses us in a glamorous, star-studded world but at its heart it's full of raw human emotion. Its characters felt completely real to me - each one is flawed and messy and impossible not to love.
Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid for the escapism we all need- a sex-on-the-beach cocktail (quite literally) of a book. ― Pandora Sykes
It's a full on escapist delight. ― Stylist, Best Fiction of 2021
Unapologetically escapist beach read fiction, it's urgent style evocative of Hollywood Wives era Jackie Collins. ― Sunday Times
This summer's must-read novel. ― Sarra Manning, Red
Oh, how I longed to be in California with the glamourous Riva siblings when I was reading this [...] I did not want this book to end! ― Prima, Book of the Month
With Malibu Rising - a novel as redolent of California dreamin' as a Lana del Rey track - Jenkins Reid has lost none of her touch ... A stroke of genius ... Imagine Blue Water High and Selling Sunset had a lovechild, or Jackie Collins rewrote The O.C. , then combine these ingredients with warm, propulsive storytelling, and you'll get an inkling of this family saga's escapist magic ... Immersive and relaxing, as every great beach read should be. ― Evening Standard
When the party starts, it's celebrity mayhem but the heart of the book is family, love and loyalty. I adored everything about this punchy and incisive take on fame and its consequences, from the sympathetic characters to the salty surf atmosphere. ― Daily Mail
Think Selling Sunset with knobs on as Taylor Jenkins Reid again plunges us into the intoxicating, heat-heavy realm of intrigue of Malibu, this time amidst the world of the filthy rich. ― BBC News
Perfect pure escapism. ― Simon Savidge
A beautifully touching and thought provoking novel interspersed with Jenkins Reid's trademark wit and humour. ― Essential Marbella Magazine
Malibu Rising is as much an impressionistic whirl of neon sunsets, acid-wash denim and high-cut bikinis as it is a grand set piece about a glamorous party ... Jenkins Reid has an easy, breezy style that serves melodrama on a daring scale . . . Never has so much sex, tragedy, celebrity and tanned skin been crammed into one thinking person's beach read. It's 365 pages of pure exhilaration. ― The Times
Perfect for whatever holiday you hopefully get to take this summer. ― Irish Independent
A riveting, propulsive bookwith characters that stayed with me, not because they are complicated but because they are so vivid ... Full of warmth and tenderness ... Deliciously escapist, conjuring the sun and the sand. ― i paper
A gorgeous, sun-soaked novel that delves into the glamour and desperate hope of 1980s Malibu. ― The Skinny
Fast-paced and addictive, Reid's vivid world-building provides the ultimate in summer escapism. With touches of 1980s glamour and scandal, Malibu Rising is another thrilling read from a talented writer, sure to delight old fans, as well as winning her new ones. ― Independent
Perfectly evoking the sun-drenched and debauched backdrop that made Daisy Jones and The Six so immersive ... Addictive and fun, it's an essential addition to your summer reading list. ― Stylist
Hot off the success of the immensely enjoyable 1970s band story Daisy Jones & The Six comes Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest, a superfun foray into the 1980s ... Delicious. ― Sunday Telegraph, Novel of the Week
Simmering with sexual tension, this hugely enjoyable ensemble narrative turns on a raucous party. ― Mail on Sunday
Malibu Rising is finely crafted commercial fiction, escapism in high definition, a quintessential beach read... If Nina Riva's party is the hottest ticket of the summer, then Malibu Rising is a front-row seat at the main event. ― Irish Times
A gorgeous, sun-soaked novel that delves into the glamour and desperate hope of 1980s Malibu, and the saga of a family that will never be the same again. ― The Skinny
The perfect summer novel, a vibrant story filled with sun, surfing, and flawed but lovable characters. ― Daily Beast
After a year where most people stayed home, it's a great time to escape to the beach, even if only through Reid's writing. ― Independent
This glamourous, compulsive novel is best enjoyed from your sun lounger with a cocktail in hand. ― Good Housekeeping
A deliciously decadent tale of sex, tragedy, celebrity, surfboards and tanned skin in 1980s Malibu. ― The Times
I absolutely loved her book.... It's an absolute blast to read
JACKIE COLLINS, BUT BETTER Sacrilege to say "better", I know, but there we are. Set in the 1980s, Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising is wonderfully written, intensely evocative and concerns the model/ surfer children of a rock star. Tons of glamour, tons of sharply observed insights about sibling relationships, plus a massive party. Beach read par excellence. See also her brilliant Daisy Jones & the Six, which is heaven (more rock stars). ― Anonymous
When we picked up Malibu Rising, the new novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, we could barely put it down ― That's Life
You'll never want this book to end, it will suck you in and spit you out! ― Muddy Stilettos
From the Back Cover
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (28 April 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529157145
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529157147
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 47 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Malibu Rising is sadly not as good as either even though there's a lot to love in here.
I think the main problem is that it is under-developed and sort of half-written. A couple more drafts and some editing, re-arranging and cutting would have elevated this novel to the standard this author is capable of.
It feels as if her publisher might have rushed her into print too soon. Or her editor blew smoke up her posterior & told her it was fantastic when it was still a work in progress.
I think this author is incredibly talented and I will read her next one and I'm not sorry I read Malibu Rising it's just not what it should have been.
The novel flits back and forth between the night in question - when the annual Riva party takes place - and the early years of the siblings' (Kit, Hud, Jay and Nina) lives and the relationship between their rock-icon father Mick and their mother June. It's all very dull - I had to force myself to keep reading, hoping it would pick up and get better.
As for the party itself, at that point a lot of unlikable characters are introduced very briefly and quickly - after all, the author needed people to populate the party with. But they're cardboard cutout characters - there as space-fillers (literally) and the reader can't care about them because they're unimportant and their time in the spotlight of the novel brief. One example is a mini-story (literally covering a couple of pages) about a guest called Eliza and how she'd like a certain type of man but decided not to stay at the party but go home and read a script (who cares - she's not relevant to the novel) - and here's an example of the frustrating style of writing. We're told 'And so, she did not go inside. Instead, she hung out in the front yard, talking to her friends. And Seth hung out in the backyard, looking for love'. It's written with the type of gravity you might reserve for characters who are the focal point of a novel - star-crossed lovers who might later meet. But nah, Eliza has a few pages and that's it. Like I say, filler material - and not even good filler. Or this - where an actor at the party is introduced: 'Back in high school in Dayton, Ohio, Robert Vaughn Donovan III did not make the football or the baseball team. But the moment he stepped into the school auditorium, he had found a home. With his quick wit and charmingly exasperated delivery of almost every line, he had the drama kids in stitches. His dad's college roommate...' Actually, I won't bore you with the rest. But all this setup for someone at a party who does nothing at all - who has no role in driving the overall plot forward - frustrated me as a reader.
This novel lacks plot, pacing, interesting characters. It's a slow amble across the years, repeatedly flagging up how nice Nina is, how errant Mick is - and it's all tell, tell tell. It's not even titillating. Barely any sex scenes and when there were, they were brief, boring and pretty chaste.
If you are looking for a summer bonk-buster or even a summer page-turner, this book isn't it. It doesn't even feel like it's written by someone who has any insider knowledge of the LA set. I've read that the author used to be a casting agent - but it doesn't feel like she's been close to celebrity or has any interesting stories; unlike Jackie Collins who was clearly close to all the gossip, scandal and sizzle and conveyed every ounce of it in her books. Honestly, what a damp squib of a novel this was.
I’m unpopular with my opinion I know.
But this book took me by surprise. What I thought it was going to be (like a Jackie Collins novel) with horrid little rich people sniping at each other and Botox lol….turned out to be nothing of the sort.
This had a lot of depth to it.
Loss of a parent in death and a father who couldn’t handle fatherhood.
Yes, they had money, but they worked for it.
The eldest daughter made sacrifices.
The family dynamics were intense and I loved every word and shocked myself that I enjoyed it so much.
I only read it thinking I needed an escape from thrillers, maybe a nice summer read. What I got was much more.
So maybe I’ll give her yet another chance when she brings her next book out!
For those of you who did not live in pre #metoo times, the 80s when this novel is set, were a time when women began to realise how big their struggle to be equally included and valued both as caregivers and in their professional lives actually was. We put up with hepeating, mansplaining and men assuming they could casually take liberties with our bodies with outward calmness while cringing and seething inside. We see this lived through Nina as she becomes a surfing sex symbol while sublimating her professional surfing goals in an attempt to keep her family of siblings together.
This was a time when we knew we had to find a voice to change the status quo. Jenkins Reid tells this subtly and perfectly through Nina and her siblings.
This was also a time when Malibu was transitioning from being a beach shack surfing paradise to a privatised beach town for the rich and famous and it comes alive in the story. In Covid times, it made me want to sail into the sun, dive into the sea and never come back home to a cold winter.
It starts with the fire and brings us back to the fire. All politics, history and worthiness aside, it is richly told and plotted.
It is not my favourite of her books but I still really liked it and can recommend it for a lazy weekend read.