Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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 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 bubbling 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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Malibu Rising is Reid’s latest novel. The story follows the four Riva siblings, Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit. It’s the night before the annual Riva party, a night that generally gets out of control. Except this year, all the siblings have a plan for the party this year. Nina doesn’t even want to be in attendance. Jay is planning on meeting a girl there. Hud must tell Jay the truth about a secret he’s been keeping. And Kit is determined to stop being seen as a little kid.
I liked the Riva siblings in this book. They were all interesting, with their own problems. They were a bit shallowly developed, but I liked them nonetheless. I love stories that focus on siblings and this was exactly that. They’re not perfect siblings, but the love one another and they have stuck together. I really liked learning about the history of their parents, even though it was sad.
I think the best part of this book was the secrets that each of the characters were keeping. I liked the internal struggle that each Riva faced in the hours leading up to the party.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a pretty fast paced story despite there being a minimal plot aside from the personal goings on of the Riva siblings. It didn’t feel like there was a ton happening, but the story still went by quickly. I enjoyed it, but I think I prefer Reid’s previous two novels.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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