TITLE/AUTHOR: Malibu Rising; Taylor Jenkins Reid
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021
GENRE: Fiction / Family Saga
FORMAT: audio download / LENGTH: 11 hours 5 min.
SOURCE: Publisher / audio download
SETTING(s): Malibu, CA
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: An epic party to celebrate the end of summer changes the lives of many.
BRIEF REVIEW: Malibu Rising tells the story of the four Riva siblings: Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit and their parents June and Mick. Mick was a famous singer who fell in love with June, the daughter of The Costas who owned fish & chips joint in town in 1956. Through flashbacks we learn much about their rocky relationship and life together how it affected the lives of their four children through the lead up of the big end-of-summer bash on August 27, 1983, that gets out of control and ends in disaster.
A love a good family saga and think this one has that feel. This is definitely a character driven story and the author does a great job letting the reader get to know each of the Riva siblings and to and lesser degree, parents June and Mick. I loved the strong sibling ties. By far, Nina was my favorite character, a gorgeous model, fabulous surfer but someone who with a sense of responsibility to others and someone who put the needs of others above her own. I liked June and Riva's story and that invincible feeling when young and in love that sometimes makes one overlook the obvious. I liked the Malibu beach scene and the 1980s vibes: the sun, the surf, the music and the fancy free lifestyle. My least favorite aspects of this story was the details of the rich and entitled party attendees who seemed to do everything in excess. There was plenty of booze, drugs and sex in this novel as well. Overall I liked this story even though some parts were overdone.
This is my second novel by this author, Daisy Jones and the Six was my first and one I enjoyed. I gather that Mick Riva was one of the husbands in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but I haven't read that one yet.
Thanks go to Random House Audio for allowing me access to this book in exchange for my unbiased review. The audiobook was read by Julia Whelan who did a great job.