Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid


The tops of 4 palm trees against a sherbet colored sunset.
photo by Flash Mama Photography

My book feeds have been filled with gushing comments and reviews about Taylor Jenkins Reid, so I was pretty jazzed when my book club picked Malibu Rising as our pick this month. 

Malibu Rising is my first TJR book. Set in Malibu in 1983, I thought the story was original. 

While I don’t get the sense that it is the best of her works, I can still kinda see what some of the hype is all about. Her writing style is breezy with substance. 

“She knew it was up to her to say what had to be said. To do what had to be done. When there is only you, you do not get to choose which jobs you want, you do not get to decide you are incapable of anything.” 

Tara Jenkins Reid, Malibu Rising

The inner thoughts of the characters she creates are filled with truisms about different kinds of people and how they exist in relationships with others. 

For me, Nina, the oldest Riva sibling, made the book. I really connected with her and the way she held everything together.  I liked that the story focused on a family, and, for me, the relationships between the siblings were the best part of the book. 

Up next on my TBR list by this author is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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