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Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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ashheinrich's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Extra star for the Jennifer Beals cameo 

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ashley_searcy's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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devilianty's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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littlewagers's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful mysterious reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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pastry's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This was fucking fantastic. The tone reminded me a little of We Were Liars or Little Fires Everywhere (I think the doom of fire brings a very distinctly mysterious element to books), but it was also just fabulous on its own right. A story of family and love and what it means to be a parent, but also a story of mystery and a little intrigue. I loved it.

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steeped_in_books's review against another edition

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emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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rachrreads's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

I was given an ebook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Yes I’m late to this book, I was told to read Evelyn and DJATS before this and then I just STRUGGLED to get into it. I really did not care for their parents lives at all or any of the side characters. I get that the parents backstory was needed to show how this level of hurt was a cycle, but Mick and June sucked. (Mick more than June of course!)

Nina and Kit have my whole heart, I love how strong these women came to be especially in the face adversity at such a young age. These women really found themselves by the end of the book. Nina, who has never done a thing for herself, finally realizes she can be selfish sometimes. I love that she broke the cycle her mother set for her by telling Brandon to go the f*** away. Her siblings are adults, they don’t need her like they once did. Kit is just an icon— her sass and strength is unmatched. Jay and Hud, although not really twins, have such a great relationship. Combined at the hip for all their lives. A huge strain is put on their relationship and they come through it.

The close knit relationship of the four siblings was the one thing that kept me reading. I loved their family dynamic. They really grew together through such a tough childhood that no one should ever have to experience. I’m actually kind of jealous, me and my siblings are nowhere near that close. 


What I didn’t like—
•The random side character’s stories— I really did not care at all
•HOW SLOW THIS MOVED. My goodness I ended up having to grab the audiobook, I could not get through this
•Mick Riva —enough said


Overall, while I loved the Riva siblings and how close they were, this book just did not live up to the hype. The story was inspiring but it was just so slow moving and wasn’t executed in a way that drew me in. TJR knows how to tell a great story though, which is why I didn’t completely hate it.

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holthmsn's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Malibu Rising is a masterpiece.
I fell in love with the multiple storylines from different characters and years - the back and forth, finding all the connections was incredible to read.
As my first TJR novel, I had high expectations and Malibu Rising certainly exceeded them! I loved the Riva family, full of all their drama, pain, and sorrow - they are absolutely magnetic!
A wonderful read that I’d recommend to many!

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alaynacp's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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brynngaybee's review against another edition

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emotional funny reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Such a great summer read! It was a very exciting and fast-paced read. The characters were clear and interesting. There were a few concepts that I wish had been explored a little bit more but there was a lot of ground to cover and it certainly didn't ruin my experience of the book. I liked the multiple perspectives and the complexity it offered every character. The little snippets of party guests' lives and stories were very cool as well. Cool story, although not my fav Taylor Jenkins Reid book. 

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