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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

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....

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever. 

“One of the most anticipated [books] of the year - and rightfully so...It’s a must-read.”(Parade)

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

Critic Reviews

“It’s 1983 in Malibu, and the famous Riva siblings are hosting their annual end-of-summer party - a legendary affair. By morning, the house is in flames, a blaze fueled by smoldering secrets and long-simmering drama. [Taylor Jenkins] Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines.” (The Washington Post)

“Reid unfurls a fast-paced and addictive story.... This page-turning indulgence hits the spot.” (Publishers Weekly)

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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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It's great but there is an error the editors misse

It's a very listenable audiobook. Super fun, intriguing (I cared about these people and what would happen in their lives), and well written. Taylor Jenkins Reid shows her skill at weaving a story, navigating timelines, and putting in enough depth into each character to make you invest in their stories. Julia Whelan is such a pro every single time. She seamlessly navigates dialog between male and female characters, or adults and children. She nails the personality of each character, and paces the story in a way that is both solemn when it needs to be and quick when the story is more lighthearted. The only complaint I had is I really think the editors made a mistake. They put a piece of the story in the 1978 section that should have been in the present day (1983). They probably meant to put it in the 6pm chapter. I had to listen a few times to make sure. It is clearly a mistake because the thing that happens at the end of the chapter titled 1978 can not happen until after 1982. It was supposed to be in the 1983 (6pm) chapter. Major oversight. Still, I really enjoyed the story, and not every best-seller holds my attention. I am kind of hard to please when it comes to fiction. I am pretty picky. I've returned many titles that are supposed to be 5 star books or best sellers, but I couldn't stop listening to this one.

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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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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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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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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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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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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, tell the story of the party. Its a bizarre choice that 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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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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Excellent

This story was very interesting, the book is well written, and it's just a fun Beach listen! I very much recommend it!

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