Malibu Rising – This book is perfect for summer
Malibu Rising A Novel written by Taylor Jenkins Reid is an interesting part of Reid’s recent novels as she reveals the machinery of celebrity life. The hot new star is also a lech; Transcendent screenwriter has the confidence of a high school student stuffed in a locker. Nina’s best friend, Tarine Montefiore, is a snobby entertainment model with an unmistakable voice. “I need your best red wine,” she told Nina in a loud babble. “Not the little things you give people. Something you reserve for people like me, please. “Of course, being a celebrity is hard. People feel entitled to Nina’s time and attention, and she has been subjected to so many lewd comments and lewd hands that,
Nina turned out to be the star of the novel. She’s not always in the frame, but she makes the biggest impact. Meanwhile, Kit – always lamenting living in his sister’s shadow as a “cocktail surfer is not a child” – is overshadowed by Nina’s presence. Even if the little sister has an end-of-the-world realization, it feels so well negotiated, it can also be a check mark on the to-do list.
Then again, to that point, the pace of storytelling necessarily accelerates. If Part I was designed to break apart the plot to make the Riva kids love the survivors, Part II is about “one of the most notorious parties in Los Angeles history”. Reid’s sense of pacing is amazing as she introduces and dispenses with a revolving door of characters to estimate a killer’s chaos, where A-listers pair up in closets shirt and waiters deliver trays of cocaine.
It’s not a trophy to say that this will all end in a fire. Nothing high – whether by drugs or by geography, at a party on the cliffs above Point Dume – can last forever. Below, the tide will roll in, then recede and Malibu will continue to burn.