Book Review: Malibu Rising

In the early 80s, the four Riva children are gearing up for their annual party at eldest Nina’s house. What started as a chill evening of beers among surfers has turned into a star-studded event and everyone wants an invite. As we countdown to the party, all siblings are nervous. Nina, a swimsuit model, has spent too long keeping it all together. Codependent Jay and Hud are figuring out their respective love lives while keeping secrets from each other. Kit, the youngest Riva, is ready for her siblings to stop seeing her as the kid sister. And it’s no wonder the Rivas have serious anxiety: we learn through flashbacks that their father, rock legend Mick Riva, has been absent and their mother did not handle it well, leaving them with a less than pleasant childhood where all they had was each other. It’s a powder keg and by the end of the party, Nina’s house will have literally exploded.

The unique format is what clinched my love for Daisy Jones & The Six (also by Taylor Jenkins Reid), but it’s the story itself that I loved in this book. I flew through the second half of the book, so hopeful for the Rivas to find happiness – or at least peace – after such a tumultuous upbringing. I think I loved them so much because denial is not in their nature. They acknowledge what’s going on around them, give it space, and fix it. The same can not be said for either of their parents. Watching this generation of Rivas truly be better than the one before them was a pleasure.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Pair with: Pacifico