Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu, California in 1983 is home to the four Riva siblings: Nina, a surfer/model, Jay, a professional surfer, Hudson, who photographs Jay, and teenager Kit, who also loves to surf but is thinking more about kissing a boy at their upcoming party at Nina’s cliffside house. They also help run a diner started by their grandparents. Nina’s separated from her husband, a tennis pro, and of course he shows up, along with Mick Riva, their long-absent father and former singing sensation. In between chapters about the siblings and their wild party is the tragic love story of Mick and June Riva, who met in 1956. As it’s not a happy marriage, Nina is more parent then typical teen growing up. This fast-paced, compelling read has a strong sense of place and complex, flawed characters, making for a great vacation read. Readalikes include L.A. Weather by Maria Amparo Escandor, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller.


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