A review by kikihuang
Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

adventurous challenging dark inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This was my first book by TJR as it came highly recommended through BookTube, and I was not disappointed. The array of characters and the hardships that the Riva siblings went through together hit close to home for me which made it easy to relate to their hardships. I enjoyed how captivated I was by the heartache and sadness of the story with June & Mick and how their relationship played a role in how their children grew up. 

The tone of the story is focused heavily on sadness and anger, but there are uplifting moments and overcoming fears.

Overall I enjoyed this summertime read.

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