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Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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genny'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? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

The first note I wrote in my reading journal:
Spoiler"Jesus, is there a single Taylor Jenkins Reid novel without cheating?"
😂

This wasn't bad or anything, it's just the weakest of the TJR novels I've read so far (Evelyn Hugo was better, and Daisy Jones is a 5-star for me). It's never as hard-hitting emotionally; I enjoyed the flashbacks more than the story set in the present. When everything came to a head, I was kind of like, "that's it? Oh." Nina was my favorite Riva (although, I can't help but wonder
Spoilerhow she's going to sustain herself in another country if she's giving up the limelight. Maybe she'll find a quiet desk job, IDK.
), while I found Jay mildly annoying to the end. The short POVs from random partygoers...I could've gone without them, but I suppose they did help a bit in establishing the atmosphere. Some of them were actually fun to read.

There is a really important message here about choosing your family, choosing to be responsible, and not excusing abusive behavior. I'm glad that it ended the way it did. But it's only my 3rd TJR book and I already feel like it's a rehash of her tried-and-true "flavor" - which can work if it's elevated and made fresh, but this didn't quiiite hit the mark IMO. The good news is that Julia Whelan was a fantastic narrator. I suspect I would have enjoyed this less if I read it physically.

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arianne7's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful reflective fast-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

i love this book with all my heart and easily one of my
favorite books. the different morals and dilemmas it
covers all to come back to the same situation in the
beginning which is family. tir NEVER misses and this
being the 3rd book i read from her and still feeling that
bitter sweetness at the end bye. there were moments i felt
like crying because of how drawn and emotionally
attached i was to each of the characters. nina was such a
well written character that i felt like i was reading myself
and i love the complexity of each person. i felt like i was
literally picturing each scene with such vividness and
when something happened i felt every emotion that was
described. please read this when you get the chance u
won't be disappointed ;)

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ddavies02's review against another edition

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

3.75

In my opinion, the best part of the book is the character development of the main character and her siblings. Narration skips back and forth between past and present. I listened to the audiobook, which can make or break even a good book. I thought it well performed and I will be looking for more books performed by Julia Whelan.  

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ekclar's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad fast-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


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outsmartyourshelf's review against another edition

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

1.0

Malibu: August, 1983 - the day of the annual Riva party arrives & this one is set to be legendary. Nina, Jay, Hud, & Kit, offspring of singer Mick Riva, have survived together since their mother, June, died & their father was nowhere to be found. Now Nina is a famous model married to a tennis player, except he has just left her, whilst Jay, a successful surfer, is about to be hit with the news that his younger brother is dating his ex, & Kit just wants to be noticed.

The book moves between the initial meeting of Mick & June & throughout their tempestuous marriage, & the present-day. I have to say, I've never read a book where I instantly couldn't care less about 99% of the characters. The only one who was mildly tolerable was Nina & she was rather boring to be honest. All I can say is that if people turned up & treated my house & its contents in such a manner, I'd have them arrested & then bill them for the damage - rich & famous or not. Shallow. Vacuous. Dreadful. 

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catrin_the_bean's review against another edition

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

4.0

After a reading slump, this caught and kept my attention. There's just enough of everything: romance, imagery, reflection, action, backstory. 

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charlereads's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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mandkips's review against another edition

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

3.0


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autumnreads98's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

Malibu Rising surprised me. I almost didn’t read the book because on the surface it didn’t look interesting, but I’m so glad I gave the book some time. The characters are lovable and for many relatable. The ending wraps up in one big whirl, but also in such a meaningful way. 

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aaaaaaaaa's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

absolutely loved this book. no notes for miss TJR. the ending was just so rewarding and i’m so proud of the main cast of characters. the concept is also really cool, i thought it was a great way to tell the story of a family.

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