Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid is the official June 2022 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has quickly become one of my favorite authors this last year.
I listened to the audiobook of Daisy Jones and the Six when school started up and it was so good I found myself looking forward to carpool lane delays!
Then I devoured The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on my Kindle and found myself losing sleep for “just one more chapter.”
I knew I had to add this month’s book club pick to the line-up and I’ve been looking forward to this read since last fall!
School is wrapping up for my kids this week and I’m looking forward to lazy mornings on my back patio with an iced coffee and this book. I hope you’ll join me!
Peanut Blossom Book Club
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What is Malibu Rising About?
“Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives forever.
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 Discussion Questions
I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.
You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!
You can read the online book club discussion for Malibu Rising here.
What did you think of this month’s pick? Would you have picked it for yourself?
Have you read anything else by Taylor Jenkins Reid?
If so, you may have noticed some character cameos from other books in her universe. Did you spot any?
How would you compare this book and a soap opera? Do you see any similarities or are they different?
The story features several examples of children wanting something different than their parents.
Did you have this experience with your own parents? How about with your kids?
Which of the Riva kids was your favorite character?
The book opens with the quote:
“Just because it is in Malibu’s nature to burn, so was it in one particular person’s nature to set fire and walk away.”
Who did you originally think that was going to be?
How did you feel about the destruction of property described in the later part of the book?
What would you have done in Nina’s shoes?
How did you feel about the ending of the story for Nina? Is that how you wanted it to end?
Book Club Party Menu
When you get together to discuss this month’s book club book, plan a Malibu menu filled with fresh treats you could imagine eating poolside at your California getaway home.
For something different, try this fresh peach pizza with basil.