Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Malibu Rising

Book: Malibu Rising

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

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.-Goodreads

Review: 1983: supermodel Nina Riva is hosting her annual end-of-summer party. It’s “the” party of the season and everyone wants to be around Nina and her siblings. Taylor Jenkins Reid once again proves she is a talented writer with this book. I was really drawn into the story of the Rivas and the events leading up to this epic party that resulted in a major fire. I also love how she tied in characters from ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’, very well done.

Grade: 4/5 

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