Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

August 29, 2021 0 By Fleur

Taylor Jenkins Reid now has a great summer read. Though Reid has her own characteristic style, she has created a surprising novel, building on older writing styles. Malibu Rising tells the story of the Riva family. From the point where Mick and June met, up till a party organized by Nina and attended by Jay, Hud, and Kit, her brothers and sister. This novel was innovative, building on Reid’s earlier novels both literally and figuratively. Malibu Rising is a good read for the summer, with good writing and various captivating storylines.

As said, this novel has Reid’s usual style but with a refreshing element. While earlier novels have multiple sensational elements, this novel has a clear buildup to the party. Even though the novel contains other smaller events in the novel, this big climax towards the end of the narrative allows for a build-up of tension.

Additionally, to the construction of the novel, this novel focuses on multiple characters. Instead of having one perspective, Malibu Rising focuses on all the Riva children, also featuring parts from their own perspectives. Additionally, the reader also gets to see the story of their mother June and her romance with Mick Riva. This creates a parallel between then and now at some points in the novel.

Additionally, the story of their mother June with Mick Riva is also focused on, which creates parallels between then and now. Sometimes, characters’ choices did seem a bit far-fetched to me, or I could not quite get into their motivation for doing something. Overall, the different characters lead to a dynamic narrative with interesting storylines.

All in all, Malibu Rising makes a good summer read. While reading it, you can almost smell the beach and feel the saltwater on your skin.  The various characters’ perspectives and the construction of the narrative allow for an easy and enjoyable read.