Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My name is Elizabeth. I love reading, and my favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper. I am in the 8th grade and enjoy dance.
Malibu Rising told the story of the children of Mick Riva, a famous singer in the 1950s. Mick Riva had 4 kids, Nina, Hud, Jay, and Kit. Nina, the oldest of the four, always takes care of her siblings. Every year, Nina throws a huge party at her home in Malibu, and everyone who is anyone was at this party. The story follows the progress of the night of the party but also has flashbacks through the life of Nina’s mother and Nina as a child. The children of the famous Mick Riva were put through a lot during their life, especially because Mick was such a terrible father. The reader follows each of the Riva siblings throughout the 24 hours before, during, and after the party, and through each of their growth and development.
Malibu Rising is amazing. I like all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels, but this is by far my favorite of those I have read. I loved that the reader got to see both the present throughout the party, but also the flashbacks and learn about each of the Riva siblings’ childhood. I also liked that there were references to other Reid stories at some points in this book. I felt that this connected this story with others that I’ve read from the same author. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an amazing story with so many twists and turns.