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Malibu Rising

In her captivating novel, "Malibu Rising," Taylor Jenkins Reid transports readers to the sun-kissed shores of Malibu in the summer of 1983. The Riva siblings, Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit, known for their glamorous parties and carefree lifestyle, are preparing for their annual end-of-summer bash, unaware that a series of unexpected events is about to unravel their carefully constructed façade.

  • Rating:
    4.00 out of 5
  • Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Year of Publication: 2021
  • Genre: Fiction
  • No of Pages: 384

Summary and Reviews


In her captivating novel, "Malibu Rising," Taylor Jenkins Reid transports readers to the sun-kissed shores of Malibu in the summer of 1983. The Riva siblings, Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit, known for their glamorous parties and carefree lifestyle, are preparing for their annual end-of-summer bash, unaware that a series of unexpected events is about to unravel their carefully constructed façade.

As the night unfolds, long-buried secrets and simmering tensions threaten to shatter the family's carefully crafted image, forcing them to confront the complexities of their relationships and the true meaning of family.

The Riva siblings, Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit, have grown up in the spotlight, their every move scrutinized by the paparazzi and the public. They've learned to navigate the world of fame with grace and poise, but beneath the surface, they're struggling with their own personal demons.

Nina, the eldest, is the glue that holds the family together, but she's also carrying the weight of their mother's alcoholism and their father's abandonment. Jay, the championship surfer, is haunted by a past mistake that threatens to derail his career. Hud, the photographer, is grappling with his sexuality and his place in the family. And Kit, the youngest, is yearning for independence as she tries to find her own identity.

As their annual end-of-summer party begins, the Rivas are determined to put on a brave face for the world. But as the night goes on, their carefully constructed façade begins to crumble, and long-buried secrets are revealed.

Themes:

  • Family
  • Secrets
  • Forgiveness
  • Identity
  • Love

Critical Reception:

"Malibu Rising" has been praised for its vivid characters, its captivating plot, and its insightful exploration of family dynamics. It has been named a best book of the year by numerous publications, including The New York Times, NPR, and Entertainment Weekly.

Quotes:

  • "The Rivas were a study in contrasts: Nina, the poised and beautiful eldest; Jay, the brooding and talented surfer; Hud, the charming and enigmatic photographer; and Kit, the wild and free-spirited youngest."
  • "The party was a spectacle, a dizzying blur of music, lights, and laughter."
  • "As the night went on, the Rivas were forced to confront their own demons and the secrets they had been keeping from each other."
  • "In the end, the Rivas were left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, but they emerged stronger and more united than ever before."