Malibu Rising

Taylor Jenkins Reid

fiction historical
emotional reflective medium-paced

384 pages | first published 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

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 before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

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Moods

emotional 100%
reflective 68%
hopeful 56%
sad 34%
inspiring 31%
tense 25%
challenging 12%
funny 9%
mysterious 9%
adventurous 6%
dark 6%
lighthearted 6%

Pace

medium 75%
fast 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 83% | A mix: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 65% | Yes: 15% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 6% | N/A: 3%

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4.38