Monday, February 21, 2022

Monday Book Review - Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid has another hot Cali themed book with Malibu Rising. I read it in one breezy weekend  (checked out from the library) - just fun, high class trashy (this is a compliment), and I love rich beautiful people with first world problems. 

Mick Riva married June, he rose to fame as a singer, he cheated, she left with the four kids, and they made do while he never looked back. Poor June passed away before she could see her kids shine. That part is told in  flashbacks. The author knows how to draw us in and flow from past to present. 

Now, August 1983 in Malibu, the Rivas are ready for their annual bash. Gorgeous Nina - surfer model. Jay - pro surfer dude.  1/2 bro Hudson - surfer photographer.  Kit - chomping at the bit for success in the shadows of her siblings. 

Who is sleeping with whom? Who's cheating with who's ex?  Wait, is that Mick showing up to the party?  And Nina - will she face who she  really is and wants to be?   And wait...there's fire.....

cover blurb - 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. 

Brain candy feast for the eyes.  Settle in with a glass of wine and escape to Malibu cliffs and beach.


  1. Hi Joanne - sounds an interesting holiday read or as you describe 'brain candy feast' - if I come across it somewhere - cheers Hilary

    1. I got it from the library. (cheap!) It's fun and captures the CA aura - sunshine and money.