A review by melissavb
Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

emotional hopeful 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


This books is such a ride! Like all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books it reads like a juicy tabloid story mixed with the heartbreaking realness of life. I just love how each book of hers feels like an new and exiting way to read a story. 

TJR is excellent in writing compelling and real characters that you feel so deeply for. For me the my favorite aspect were the relationships between the four kids. I rooted for them to stand up for themselves, to realize that they are worthy of love. Ugh, how many times I screamed while reading because yet another person hurt them. 

I only gave this four stars because over all this book had less of an impact on me that I had hoped. Mostly because there were too many pov’s in the second half of this book. It kind of dragged me out of the main story line. 
I also felt like the ending was a bit underwhelming. I expected a bigger twist somehow (even though there were many twists during this whole book I GASPED many times). But in true TJR fashion I expected something big (bigger than what we got) for the ending. 

But to not end on a negative note. I LOVED the tie in with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Even though Mick is a colossal dickhead. I hope in future books we get to see more of these kinds of connections!

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