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Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

18 reviews

ashheinrich's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional funny reflective relaxing sad tense medium-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

4.0

Extra star for the Jennifer Beals cameo 

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gossamerlens's review against another edition

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

5.0


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aristosaep's review against another edition

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

5.0


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sunsetcity's review against another edition

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

4.0


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linesiunderline's review against another edition

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challenging emotional mysterious reflective medium-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

3.5

For a book that has been aggressively marketed as the “It Book” of the summer, Malibu Rising sure has ended up garnering mixed reviews.

What I liked:
• TJR can write. I enjoy her prose. It has energy.
• Although I felt like the characterization was uneven, there are characters here who felt alive and memorable (June and Nina especially).
• Malibu came to life vividly - love me a strong sense of place.

Howevers:
• So many people - I wanted to know more about the Riva kids in the present day.
• Somehow I was expecting the cause of the fire to be A LOT more dramatic. This isn’t to say that I don’t like TJR’s choice the more I sit with it, but it did seem like we were building towards this giant climactic fire-lighting moment that never came.
• A lot going on for a relatively short novel, told in dual timelines. I enjoy her writing so maybe overall this would have worked better for me if it was a bit longer.

Very well narrated on audio by Julia Whelan.

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wendydaisy1969's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful sad medium-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

4.0


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sophiathehoephia's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted relaxing sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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skylareliz's review against another edition

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective relaxing sad medium-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

4.5

I have so much love for June & her children

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rileyharrell's review against another edition

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

2.0

I guess sex sells?

I feel like I am the ONLY person who really did not enjoy this book.. This is what I get for trying to venture out of my preferred reading genre. Not that this was a bad book by any means (I think the Goodreads star ratings speak for itself "it was OK"), I just felt that it was really overtly sexual in places that it did not need to be. Maybe being part of an asexual community myself I just don't really enjoy reading about those kinds of encounters. I get that the times that this book was written for it was probably common, I just didn't really enjoy reading about them.
I also felt that TJR introduced SO many characters, nearly all of them except Nina and Kit were underdeveloped by the end. Her last minute addition of Mick in there actually made sense, though, considering that is the role that he played in his kid's lives. I feel like TJR wants/tries to write for men and their narratives and I just read it as kind of unbelievable? Like I don't think their inner dialogue that she gives them (specifically referring to Jay and Hud) really is what they would be thinking in the scenarios she writes them in. Then again, who am I to say what they should be thinking?? I don't know, this one fell kind of flat for me. I am glad I read it, however. I think this is one the community will be talking about for a while much like 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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travelthrupages's review against another edition

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challenging emotional inspiring sad 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

4.0


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