Thursday, July 22, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring a book from my summer reading list, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Beginning:  Malibu catches fire.

It is simply what Malibu does from time to time.


Page 56: June sat right in front as he sang to her. She tried not to cry and laughed as she failed. If this was their beginning, my God, how high could they fly?


My thoughts:  I like to read at least one family saga during the summer, and I think this one will check that box.


From GoodReads: Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change 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 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 bubbling 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.


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  1. I've heard so many great things about Taylor Jenkins Reid but still haven't gotten around to reading either this or her previous book! But these quotes have me very curious so this sweltering summer may be the perfect time for 'Malibu Rising'! I hope you enjoy this book and have a lovely weekend!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. Still want to read this one! Hope you are going to enjoy it and tell us more about it!

    Happy Weekend!

    Elza Reads

  3. I'm looking forward to reading Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

  4. HI! Yeah I know I'm late! lol This sounds sooo good. I would love to read this story. Here is my Friday56, although very late, just in case you're still playing!