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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . .

“Irresistible . . . High drama at the beach, starring four sexy, surfing siblings and their deadbeat, famous-crooner dad.”—People

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Time, Marie Claire, PopSugar, Parade, Teen Vogue, Self, She Reads 

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives 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 for him 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 rising 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.

©2021 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines.” (The Washington Post)

"If summer could somehow fit into a book, then you’d find it in Malibu Rising.” (Oprah Daily)

“Reid’s descriptions of Malibu are so evocative that readers will swear they feel the sea breeze on their faces or the grit of the sand between their toes.... A compulsively readable story about the bonds between family members and the power of breaking free.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great book

I thought it was a Great book and it was also narrated really well. I found it Very enjoyable!

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Easy read something to take your mind off life

An easy read to take your mind of the business of life even for just a minute.

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A perfect summer read

I was halfway through this book, and didn’t want to finish it because then it would be over. I really enjoyed the setting of Malibu (one of my fave places), and the characters were really great. I desperately want there to be a sequel!

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Another winner

Love the way Jenkins Reid creates such complex and 3 dimensional characters who make you feel what they feel. It’s always hard to leave them behind when I reach the end of the story.

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Late teen early 20s book - This kind of novel wasn’t my stick in my 20s nor is it now in my 50s.


I couldn’t get through the first hour. I tried to return it an hour after I bought it and couldn’t for whatever reasons. Anyway, if you’re over 40 and have fully matured from your teenage years, you likely will not enjoy this.

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Took some time

This story took some time to sink it's teeth into me. No complaints on the Narrator or even the structure or setting of the story. The imagery was also enjoyable, but I think I wasn't all that invested in the active culture, which is almost like another character itself.

So in the beginning I often found myself going to other books because these characters and what they were experiencing just wasn't all that exciting or compelling.

By the time I made it to part two it felt like the climb was over and I could now coast downwards towards the conclusion and it felt much more enticing in its pacing.

Anyone that enjoys the culture and or universe created here, that retro americana escapism then this will be a very quick read for you. If like me, you've started and are unsure, stick with it... it's not something you'll regret.

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An enticing story about intergenerational trauma

This book is amazing. I was hesitant to read/listen to it because reviews described it as a "summer read," which is a genre I'm not a fan off. Although the story is clever and airing on the light side given it's focus, it is ultimately a beautiful, clever and enticing story about breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma, peppered with cute celebrity references and a similarly cute critique of celebrity culture. The book isn't heavy insofar as it has the unresolved-ness and heartbreak of reality, and thus flirts with fantasy in the way all story's about family and trauma that are guided by closure and hope do, but the story is deep, relatable and captivating. It is one of my favourite books I've gotten on audible thus far.

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Viva the Rivas! 👏

Such a fun read! Complex family dynamics this book is full of humour and humanity. I couldn’t stop. The imagery of the author evokes as we are through the family’s history is so enjoyable. Wonderful summer read. Just get it!

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  • 2021-06-17

FANTASTIC Summer Read!!!

This book was FANTASTIC and I couldn’t stop listening. Julia Whelan, as usual, was a FANTASTIC narrator and Taylor Jenkins Reid, as usual, created a FANTASTIC story/set of characters. I Can’t wait to see the FANTASTIC movie or show (we all know there will be one eventually).

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love it

great story and great performances. truly enjoyed listening to this book on vacay at the beach.

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  • 2021-06-01

Malibu Sinking

I'm sure this will be a highly rated best seller, and I'm sure I'll be in the minority, but I found this book awful in all respects. It is full of horrible characters, saddled with horrible dialogue, doing horrible things to themselves and others, ultimately living horrible lives.

Part one moves back and forth in time, focusing on the offspring of a sleazebag singer and his alcoholic wife. The constant time switch is unnecessary and jarring, and one of my least favorite plot devices.

Part two focuses on present day, (80's), at a party thrown by the 4 siblings, each living insipid lives full of deceit. Secondary characters, or really just random party goers we haven't met before, help tell the story of the party. It further distances the listener from the main characters. Part two is full of disgusting debauchery that I don't want to hear about.

Overall, the story keeps the characters at arms length and has alot of filler and little substance. The foreshadowing is overdone. It makes you think the story will end in a huge bonfire blaze, but ultimately, it sputters to an end and fails to ignite a spark.

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  • ROBIN
  • 2021-06-04

SO much better!

I think I am one of the few people who didn't like Daisy Jones and the 6, so I almost didn't give this one a chance. I'm so glad I did! Great story, great character development, and great narration . To me this book was a million times better than the other and I'm so glad I didn't miss it!

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  • Danielle Wilson
  • 2021-06-01

Family Focused Summer Drama

"Malibu catches fire.
It is simply what Malibu does from time to time.
Tornados take the flatlands of the Midwest. Floods rise in the American South. Hurricanes rage against the Gulf of Mexico.
And California burns."

I am a simple girl. Give me a sibling story and rich people drama and I'll be in love, so it's no surprise that loved every second of Malibu Rising. From the almost haunting lament of the fires of Malibu to the out of control rager that is Riva summer party, this story had it all.

I immediately loved each of the Riva siblings. Nina is one of the most selfless characters I've ever encountered. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders so her siblings can follow their dreams. The amount of care and devotion she shows them was both heart warming and heart breaking because she sacrifices so much for them. Jay is a charming and suave professional surfer whose afraid he's already at his prime. Hud is shyer than the other siblings, but is not as innocent as first glance suggests. And Kit's brashness and bravado hides a secret about herself she's not ready to confront. Each of the siblings feel the weight of their famous father's legacy and deals with the expectations and notoriety in different ways.

I loved getting flashback to the parents, Mick Riva aspiring singer, and June Costas, who wants more than to inherit her family dinner. Their relationship is complex and messy. Honestly this whole book is complex and messy. There's fraught history, tension, and a sense of inevitability that permeates the story and makes everything feel tragic and glorious at the same time.

I loved that the story takes place of a single 24 hour period. The self contained timeframe create a countdown that increased the tension and kept me engaged. Malibu Rising is a story about destruction and rebirth, grief and healing, sacrifices and selfishness, disappointments and joys and the inevitable highs and lows of life.

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  • Sandy cohen
  • 2021-06-19

Story & plot is in the first chapter that is not one??

This is a cluster of minute pointless details. no plot no action just a demonstration of minute details of a day leading to a pointless party for ???? What reason Jumping around. All action in first chapter all about a couple of pointless hours. This is the worst What is the point? Who cares…. And I am trying to care, hard to believe the reviews are about this book. Preach preach preach about what? Pitiful

There should be a minus star or ten for this drivel Clean out your shower drain, more enjoyable.

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  • Bchapnrh
  • 2021-06-07

Outstanding!

I’m always so sucked in by this amazing author’s books! I preordered on Audible so I could savor her word choices and the pictures she paints with those words. Unfortunately, I am obviously too impatient. So, by day 2 I had purchased the Kindle edition so I could devour this one faster just to see what would happen to all the Rivas children! I write ‘no spoiler’ reviews, because I would be devastated if anyone gave even one event away before I was ready to experience it and I certainly wouldn’t do that to anyone else. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-13

Not for me

Some you can't put down. This one I couldn't put up with. There may have been something of value, but the puerile, insipid writing was truly annoying. I just gave up.

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  • GCS18
  • 2021-06-05

Daisy this is NOT

Major sell out from the author of one of my favorite ever books. It read more like a Jackie Collins novel (well not quite but...). I kept waiting for the story to improve but it just kept getting more predictable and inane. Solid narration from a pro.

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  • Rita T
  • 2021-06-07

Awful!!!

I cannot finish this book it is so awful. I will be returning it. I've always thought that Julia Whelan reading a book make it good. I've learned that is not the case. I had been looking forward to this book for some time and was so sad when it turned out to be a disjointed story going back and forth in time, normally not a problem, but the back in time portion was difficult to grasp because you'd been given no info on these people. It's a jumbled mess!!

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  • kristen mcdade
  • 2021-06-19

was there a movie deal before it was written?

i wanted to love this. but it was written as if meant for a screenplay. so much timehopping. and way too many characters. and maybe i am the only one who is annoyed by this narrator, but the way she says "all" and "always" ("oll and ollways")is grating, and her voices? every "cool guy" does not need to sound like they are from Jersey. i finished the book because i was so irritated. A super duper let-down.

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  • Jessica
  • 2021-06-07

Another masterpiece!

There is no one else who can break down the whys of human behavior and make us understand and care about each character like Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved this book. I know the pressure after Daisy Jones must’ve been intense, but she’s done it again.

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