Rush
Set in modern day Oxford, Mississippi, on the Ole Miss campus, bestselling author Lisa Patton’s RUSH is a story about women—from both ends of the social ladder—discovering their voices, courage and empowerment. When Lilith Whitmore, the well-heeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta, one of the premiere sororities on campus, appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her luck. What’s more, Lilith suggests their daughters, both incoming freshman, room together. What Wilda doesn’t know is that it's all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her own daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid—no matter what.Cali Watkins possesses all the qualities sororities are looking for in a potential new member. She’s kind and intelligent, makes friends easily, even plans to someday run for governor. But her resume lacks a vital ingredient. Pedigree. Without family money Cali's chances of sorority membership are already thin, but she has an even bigger problem. If anyone discovers the dark family secrets she's hiding, she’ll be dropped from Rush in an instant.For twenty-five years, Miss Pearl—as her “babies” like to call her—has been housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delt girls, even though it reminds her of a painful part of her past she’ll never forget. When an opportunity for promotion arises, it seems a natural fit. But Lilith Whitmore slams her Prada heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’s hopes of a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta—and maybe the entire Greek system—forever. Achingly poignant, yet laugh-out-loud funny, RUSH takes a sharp nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition while exploring the complex, intimate relationships between mothers and daughters and female friends. Brimming with heart and hope for a better tomorrow, RUSH is an uplifting novel universal to us all.

Rush Details

TitleRush
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 21st, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250020666
Rating
GenreFiction, American, Southern

Rush Review

  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. That did not impact my rating or review. First off, this book promised to be laugh out loud funny, it wasn't. I guess in 2018 I don't find racist white people (even if fictional) hilarious. It also talks about exploring the relationships between mothers and daughters and friends (sure, at a very superficial level). I do think that I was officially done though when we had a black character not only bash Obamacare and claiming it made poor peopl Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. That did not impact my rating or review. First off, this book promised to be laugh out loud funny, it wasn't. I guess in 2018 I don't find racist white people (even if fictional) hilarious. It also talks about exploring the relationships between mothers and daughters and friends (sure, at a very superficial level). I do think that I was officially done though when we had a black character not only bash Obamacare and claiming it made poor people poorer, but when that same character did a well both sides are at fault here when discussing racism in America. You just got the Beyonce "Boy Bye" middle finger wave from me here. "Rush" seemed like a funny send up of sorority life in America. Too bad it was not. "Rush" is mimicking "The Help". We get multiple POVs. We got a black character talking about taking care of her babies (she's only 44). We got a white character who is going to do what she can to make things better not only for the woman she has supposedly grown close to after speaking to her I think twice at this point in the book, but for all of the staff (the help) that work at the sorority. We also have another character who is foolish as the day as long. "Rush" starts off with Miss Pearl talking about her babies and taking care of the girls of Alpha Delta Beta for 25 years. Miss Pearl is going nowhere fast. She works at the sorority, but does not get paid during the summer when the school/sorority is closed, and is struggling to make ends meet. When a possible promotion arises to House Mother, Miss Pearl is encouraged by her aunt (who is also a cook at the sorority) and the current House Mother as well. The second POV comes from Wilda. She's nervous about her daughter going to Ole Miss since that means she is now officially an empty-nester. When an opportunity comes up that will allow her to keep an eye on her daughter and also volunteer for Alpha Delta Beta she jumps at the chance. Cali Watkins is struggling to fit in at Ole Miss. She has a secret she is hiding from not only her roommate (Jasmine) but also her new best friend Ellie (Wilda's mother). The three POVs did not work together very well at all.Miss Pearl's voice was way too subservient to me. Even when she was having problems with a fellow worker, she just seemed way too passive. There is even a scene where one of her "babies" touches her hair without permission and instead of telling her not to touch her hair, goes to herself, well some of these girls parents didn't teach them manners (eyeroll). I also really really hated this character talking about racism and giving one of the secondary characters (Lilith Whitmore) a free pass for her racism and outright hatred towards her at the end of this book. You can't be forgiven for something if I don't really think you even absorb what you did. The book fast forwards to two weeks later so I guess that's enough time for people to just not be racist anymore. I was bored by Cali's POV from beginning to end. Her supposed close relationship to Miss Pearl didn't even work since they don't meet until around the 60 percent mark. Cali saying she felt close to Miss Pearl on bid day just didn't ring true. You all talked for maybe 10 minutes. When Cali and Ellie decide to fight Lilith Whitmore the book just didn't ring true at all. I have not been part of a sorority. I was chased after during my undergraduate years to join, but I was not in the mood to be part of something where the majority of the sororities were predominantly white. Even girls who joined who were African American were very very light skinned. This was all back in 1997 by the way. So though I have not been part of the Greek life as they say, I have a hard time with the way the events in this book are portrayed. I don't want to spoil things for potential readers, but a few times I went, yeah sure that doesn't make any sense at all, but whatever. Wilda's POV should have been in a separate book. Frankly I was more interested in her POV. Dealing with two sons who are grown living their separate lives. She has her youngest daughter at Ole Miss. However, she gets caught up with keeping up with the Jones's and agrees to have her daughter room with Lilith Whitmore's daughter. That is the beginning of a disaster of her own making. When it comes up that the girls should split the cost of a dorm room decorator (yeah I was nonplussed myself) Wilda goes behind her husband's back to make sure he has no idea what she has done. Wilda has some backbone here and there. She actually calls out Lilith's racism to her face, but she still like all other characters in this book were so passive. The secondary characters were not developed very well. We have uber racist Lilith Whitmore who does remind me of so many white people I have met in my life. When she tries to explain later about why she is the way she is I rolled my eyes a thousand times. Go kick rocks.Wilda's daughter Ellie would have been a better POV or at least a better additional POV. I really didn't get much a sense from her besides she really liked Cali, and could not stand rooming with Lilith's daughter (Annie Laurie). Speaking of Annie Laurie, she was just nasty for nasty sake and once again got a redemption that was not deserved at all. I will say that Wilda's husband was interesting and they seemed like a pretty happy couple. I wish that we had seen more fall-out discussion between them after all the secrets Wilda was hiding comes out. The writing was okay. I can at least say you will definitely know the characters voices are separate. I just didn't care for all of the characters. I also thought the flow was up and down too much. We would have Cali talking to Miss Pearl and then the book would jump to the next chapter that was still Cali's POV. The POVs I don't think were evenly distributed. I can't tell in my ARC version very well, so will say that it seems that Wilda and Cali got more POVs than Miss Pearl did. This book takes place in 2016 and I love that the author does not only mention the Presidential election, but manages to get some digs at Obama in there. Taking place at Ole Miss, which is obviously in Mississippi just about killed me. I guess we are not going to talk about the atrocities that have occurred in that state. That state had the murder of James Craig Anderson in 2011 by a group of white teenagers. But you go ahead and tell me how black people need to let go of things that have happened in the "past" and move forward instead of blaming white people. The ending was more white savior nonsense. I just couldn't even get spun up about it at this point. Was glad to be done with this book.
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    Apparently being a sorority girl in New York is NOTHING like being a sorority girl down in Ole Miss! I loved this book, my first of Lisa Patton’s (I’ve already now bought all of her others!) which reminded me a bit of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help with a delightfully contemporary turn. Alpha Delta Beta sorority (430 members, 429 of them white) is surely an interesting place to be in 2016, especially for Miss Pearl, the housekeeper, who’s really like the unofficial therapist/second mother to these Apparently being a sorority girl in New York is NOTHING like being a sorority girl down in Ole Miss! I loved this book, my first of Lisa Patton’s (I’ve already now bought all of her others!) which reminded me a bit of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help with a delightfully contemporary turn. Alpha Delta Beta sorority (430 members, 429 of them white) is surely an interesting place to be in 2016, especially for Miss Pearl, the housekeeper, who’s really like the unofficial therapist/second mother to these girls. Told in alternating perspectives from Miss Pearl, Cali (the genius scholarship student who doesn’t come from the “pedigree” she was told is necessary), and Wilda Woodcock, Rush chair advisor and mother to Cali’s good friend, Ellie. I loved this look into sororities in the South and all the drama that comes with the rush of new pledge classes. This one is out in August and will be one you want to be sure to get your hands on!I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Patti Henry
    January 1, 1970
    You love the south? Lordy, you're gonna love this!!!! RUSH transports us smack dab into the middle of the secret world of sorority rush, giving us a provocative peek into the world of the young coeds. We find ourselves behind the scenes with the sorority sisters and the beloved women who work inside the Houses. Lisa Patton has penned a powerful and relevant story infused with raw emotion and the beating heart of her sassy humor. I adored this unforgettable novel that will surprise you while capt You love the south? Lordy, you're gonna love this!!!! RUSH transports us smack dab into the middle of the secret world of sorority rush, giving us a provocative peek into the world of the young coeds. We find ourselves behind the scenes with the sorority sisters and the beloved women who work inside the Houses. Lisa Patton has penned a powerful and relevant story infused with raw emotion and the beating heart of her sassy humor. I adored this unforgettable novel that will surprise you while capturing your heart.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Bestselling author Lisa Patton digs deep into exciting new territory with RUSH, a story about mothers and daughters, sisterhood, tradition, and doing the right thing.When Lilith Whitmore, the well-heeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta—the premiere sorority at Ole Miss—appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her lu I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Bestselling author Lisa Patton digs deep into exciting new territory with RUSH, a story about mothers and daughters, sisterhood, tradition, and doing the right thing.When Lilith Whitmore, the well-heeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta—the premiere sorority at Ole Miss—appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her luck. What’s more, Lilith suggests their daughters, both incoming freshman, room together! What Wilda doesn’t know is that it's all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her own daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid—no matter what.Smart, sweet Cali Watkins is the perfect potential new sorority member…except for one thing. She’s missing a very important ingredient—pedigree. Without family money, Cali's chances of membership are already razor thin, but she's got an even bigger problem. If anyone discovers the dark family secrets she's hiding, Cali will be dropped from Rush faster than she can say, Hotty Toddy.For twenty-five years, Miss Pearl—as her “babies” like to call her—has been the housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delta girls, even though it reminds her of a painful part of her past she’ll never forget. When an opportunity for promotion arises, it seems a natural fit. But Lilith Whitmore slams her Prada heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’s hopes for a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta—and maybe the entire Greek system—forever.Lisa Patton’s RUSH is a sharp, nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition with a harvest of heart, humor, and honor mixed in between.Having gone to a (horrible) under-grad university that did not have a Greek system (it's not a big thing in Canada like it is in the USA) this book was strangely calling my name to see what the big deal was about as all I know of the Greek System are the movies "Animal House" and "The House Bunny"! I had problems at first keeping track of who the girls were as they all had so many secrets but that is a Southern Gothic novel for you. The book kept me engrossed from page one as my chin dragged on the floor at the mere description (and unmitigated gall) of the $20,000+ dorm room design (with a safe for valuables???) which gracefully led to much laughter over the "Jimmy Choos are shoes" section. I was sad when this book ended --- those girls are loveable and fierce and just the kind of girls you would want to have your back. Great job, Lisa Patton... please write more books!!
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Some books you read and you know they come from the heart. RUSH is one of those books – it is so brimming with compassion even as it looks at and points out the subtle ways racism still thrives even in places of luxury like multimillion-dollar sorority houses. It’s a difficult subject to point out, especially with the people you love, and RUSH handles those moments of hard decision unflinchingly: do you call out your peers for their microaggressions, or do you just stay silent so you don’t distu Some books you read and you know they come from the heart. RUSH is one of those books – it is so brimming with compassion even as it looks at and points out the subtle ways racism still thrives even in places of luxury like multimillion-dollar sorority houses. It’s a difficult subject to point out, especially with the people you love, and RUSH handles those moments of hard decision unflinchingly: do you call out your peers for their microaggressions, or do you just stay silent so you don’t disturb the dinner party? It’s not easy to juggle all of that, and sorority recruitment, and partying, and decorating dorm rooms, while still hanging on to a sense of humor, but RUSH manages it with grace.
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  • Sarah Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much! Each character felt real and well-developed, the setting was easy to immerse yourself in, and the realities of Greek life were presented in a true and nuanced way. I enjoyed the perspective of reading about events from a couple different characters points of view, and my heart fell in love with this story.I am a sorority woman, though not an SEC school. My parents and siblings were members of Greek organizations. My in-laws and sister-in-law were members of Greek organ I loved this book so much! Each character felt real and well-developed, the setting was easy to immerse yourself in, and the realities of Greek life were presented in a true and nuanced way. I enjoyed the perspective of reading about events from a couple different characters points of view, and my heart fell in love with this story.I am a sorority woman, though not an SEC school. My parents and siblings were members of Greek organizations. My in-laws and sister-in-law were members of Greek organizations in the SEC. I have served as an advisor after graduation, recruitment chair while an active, and as a rho gamma (our recruitment counselors), so I am intimately aware of the recruitment process and could deeply relate to so much of that component of the book.I love that this book addresses the inadvertent racism that is still very much a reality in this country, and shows strong characters willing to fight against it, and stand up for what is right and just. This book addresses some hard conversations occuring in our country in a respectful and nuanced way that was relatable and engaging and has stayed with me after finishing the book, challenging me to use my voice in a louder and more active way.I truly enjoyed this book and recommend reading it. I think it would be great for a book club, and I look forward to reading other works by this author.I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.
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  • Roshni
    January 1, 1970
    it is a simple, heartfelt story. what makes this novel different from others is the subtle way it teaches you all it takes is a small action to make a difference, either it is a hug for a sick person, simply listening or standing up to your mother.This book is about Cali Watkins, Wilda Woodcock, Lilith Whitmore, Miss Pearl and many other girls who believe in sisterhood, friendships, honour and doing the right thing whatever it takes. Miss Pearl is like a second mother to all the girls in the Alp it is a simple, heartfelt story. what makes this novel different from others is the subtle way it teaches you all it takes is a small action to make a difference, either it is a hug for a sick person, simply listening or standing up to your mother.This book is about Cali Watkins, Wilda Woodcock, Lilith Whitmore, Miss Pearl and many other girls who believe in sisterhood, friendships, honour and doing the right thing whatever it takes. Miss Pearl is like a second mother to all the girls in the Alpha Delt. she has been working there from past 2 decades and knows the functioning, management of the place by hand. but she is black. Should that define her and make her any less entitled to promotions, success and self respect.Cali, a simple, smart small town girl with the help of her friends Ellie, Jasmine and Mrs Woodcock brings change in not one person but in many lives.the author has handled beautifully the feeling of motherhood, be it of miss Pearl with her aunt Fee or of Ellie and mrs Woodcock and even Annie Laurie and her mother.all in all this book is a treasure, the way it handles racism, friendship. it was my perfect cozy winter read. I was with the characters all the way, weeping with them, laughing and even plotting!
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  • J.T.
    January 1, 1970
    This book epitomizes the phrase “be the solution.”Bravo!
  • Cindi Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Patton is using her God given gift of writing to make a difference. Someone else said it in their review and I echo that this is a true depiction of being the change you want to see in this world. This book is very entertaining and kept my attention to the very end. It is a fun read while subtly tackling very heavy issues, racism being the main one. This book is much bigger than a story about sorority rush and is very pertinent to all ages. I would recommend it to my teenage daughter as wel Lisa Patton is using her God given gift of writing to make a difference. Someone else said it in their review and I echo that this is a true depiction of being the change you want to see in this world. This book is very entertaining and kept my attention to the very end. It is a fun read while subtly tackling very heavy issues, racism being the main one. This book is much bigger than a story about sorority rush and is very pertinent to all ages. I would recommend it to my teenage daughter as well as my peers (I am 62). Wonderful book with a heartfelt message everyone should hear. Especially pertinent for the times we are living in today.Bravo and congratulations to Lisa for a job well done!
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  • Sharlene
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it and will give it a 5 star. This was a different review for me to write though. My daughter lived this book. I know people in real life that could be the characters in the book. Some of them very nice and some not so nice ones that you will meet if you read the book, which I highly recommend. As to the subject of racism that is covered in the book. Does it exist, sadly yes. Is everyone from the South, Ole Miss or any SEC school racist, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Does racism exist only in the Sout I loved it and will give it a 5 star. This was a different review for me to write though. My daughter lived this book. I know people in real life that could be the characters in the book. Some of them very nice and some not so nice ones that you will meet if you read the book, which I highly recommend. As to the subject of racism that is covered in the book. Does it exist, sadly yes. Is everyone from the South, Ole Miss or any SEC school racist, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Does racism exist only in the South, of course not. This book does a great job of showing that most people in the South are many things but racist is not one of them. They are kind, caring, helpful people. That everyone gets along very well on a daily basis. Sadly the national media and many others that do not live in the South don't seem to understand that. As Oprah once said, "you are your zip code" if you don't live there you don't have any idea. I hope all my friends will read this book, I especially hope all my Ole Miss friends and SEC friends will read this book and I really hope all Moms with daughters that went through sorority RUSH/recruitment or will some day will read it. It should be required reading for all parents, and students that are considering a sorority or fraternity. I hope everyone that just enjoys a great book will read it, as it truly is a great one.
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  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    This book caught me by surprise., When I first started reading it, I was not into it and felt like it was going to similar to the Help but in a university setting. Boy was I wrong! I got totally engrossed in the story the further along I got into the book. This is a book about mother/daughter relationships and the relationships depicted in the book are complex and true to life. I got attached to the characters especially Callie and Ellie especially as the book went on. It is hard not to root for This book caught me by surprise., When I first started reading it, I was not into it and felt like it was going to similar to the Help but in a university setting. Boy was I wrong! I got totally engrossed in the story the further along I got into the book. This is a book about mother/daughter relationships and the relationships depicted in the book are complex and true to life. I got attached to the characters especially Callie and Ellie especially as the book went on. It is hard not to root for them! Even the unlikable characters were well developed and interesting. While this books seems a little fluffy, it actually had a lot of interesting substance to it. It made me think about mother/daughter relationships and racial biases more than I thought it would. I haven't read any books by this author before so I am not sure if this true of all of her books but it did make me want to read more of her work.
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  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    I loved every word of this book. It was such a timely, refreshingly poignant story and everything I love about southern fiction. The setting and the characters were wonderful and won't be easily forgotten.
  • Paula Pugh
    January 1, 1970
    I found this novel to be so engaging and thought provoking. The narrative covers the world of racial injustice and inequality at a university in Mississippi in current day. Young sorority women take action against the injustice while bucking against a woman who values money as power and keeping the status quo. She uses her power to manipulate situations to her advantage, often hurting and alienating others with no regard.Seeing life from a black woman’s perspective is enlightening and painful. S I found this novel to be so engaging and thought provoking. The narrative covers the world of racial injustice and inequality at a university in Mississippi in current day. Young sorority women take action against the injustice while bucking against a woman who values money as power and keeping the status quo. She uses her power to manipulate situations to her advantage, often hurting and alienating others with no regard.Seeing life from a black woman’s perspective is enlightening and painful. She sees her lot in life as set by age old traditions but fights to right the wrongs with the help of the young women. I read every chapter hoping the mean, spiteful antagonist would get her just rewards!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Story delves into the Sorority Rush process at a prominent Southern University (Ole Miss) ... the legacies, racism and the nerves girls go thru to get a bid. This books reminds me of a modern day ‘The Help’. The book shows different points of view from a parent caught up in it, the help that work at the Soriety House, and the girls pledging. The author does a good job of showing the good, bad and ugly, and makes no excuses for any of it. The story is interesting, characters are both likeable and Story delves into the Sorority Rush process at a prominent Southern University (Ole Miss) ... the legacies, racism and the nerves girls go thru to get a bid. This books reminds me of a modern day ‘The Help’. The book shows different points of view from a parent caught up in it, the help that work at the Soriety House, and the girls pledging. The author does a good job of showing the good, bad and ugly, and makes no excuses for any of it. The story is interesting, characters are both likeable and despised, writing is clear and to-the-point. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Couldn’t put it down.I received this ARC for review.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    as a college student, i really enjoyed reading this book – it made me really think about the impact our relationships have on each other and how powerful female support can be especially away from home. really loved callie and ellie's dynamic
  • Sara Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted very much to attend Ole Miss, and be in a sorority, but life took me in a different direction. Luckily for me, Lisa Patton’s ‘Rush’ gives an insider’s view to the traditions and secrets of Southern life and sisterhood.Told from the viewpoints of Miss Pearl, who works in the Alpha Delt house and is a beloved family figure to the young women she cares for, Wilda, Ole Miss alumni and mom to an incoming freshman, and Cali, a bright and kind freshman from a small town, these three women all I wanted very much to attend Ole Miss, and be in a sorority, but life took me in a different direction. Luckily for me, Lisa Patton’s ‘Rush’ gives an insider’s view to the traditions and secrets of Southern life and sisterhood.Told from the viewpoints of Miss Pearl, who works in the Alpha Delt house and is a beloved family figure to the young women she cares for, Wilda, Ole Miss alumni and mom to an incoming freshman, and Cali, a bright and kind freshman from a small town, these three women all have secrets to keep that threaten to come out. The “villains” in this book are Lilith Whitmore and her daughter, Annie Laurie, but everything is not exactly as they seem. We also meet the other employees in the sorority house who work tirelessly and for little pay.I’m a longtime fan of Ms. Patton’s Dixie series, and in ‘Rush’ she unflinchingly delves into the matter of racism and classism in 2016 Mississippi. She doesn’t shy away from addressing the issues head on and is able to tell important stories within this seemingly lighthearted look at Southern sorority life. I also loved the details about the lives of these strong women, and I could almost picture myself in Oxford on Bid Day, feeling the excitement of being welcomed into the sisterhood of a sorority. I was thrilled to receive this book from NetGalley and the publisher for free, and I would very much recommend it to others.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. This is the first time I have read anything by Lisa Patton but I will surely be checking out the rest of her titles. Rush is the story of sorority life told from the vantage point of prospective members, alumnae and even members of the house staff. Rush is easy to read and enjoyable but does explore social issues such as racism and the differences of socioeconomic classes. Ms. Patton did such a good job in helping us get to know her characters that I kept thinking I would like I loved this book. This is the first time I have read anything by Lisa Patton but I will surely be checking out the rest of her titles. Rush is the story of sorority life told from the vantage point of prospective members, alumnae and even members of the house staff. Rush is easy to read and enjoyable but does explore social issues such as racism and the differences of socioeconomic classes. Ms. Patton did such a good job in helping us get to know her characters that I kept thinking I would like to read a whole book about each character! I am a member of a sorority (MANY, MANY years ago!) so this book vividly reminded me of those days, good and bad. I went to a Big 10 school and sorority life is very different in comparison to what its like in the south, but it was interesting to read what its like at schools with a bigger Greek system as well as what its like present day. I would like to believe that today's youth are as socially aware as a few of the girls in the story, but I am not so sure. As much as I loved reading this book, I question if readers who haven't experienced sorority life would enjoy it. I hope so because it is a really good read.
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  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.So excited for a new Lisa Patton book!! Its been too long since her last trilogy. Ah Rush…. Or as we called it Hell Week and the Troll Patrol. Yes we were horrible – we were also amped up on too many diet sodas and candy bars for a few weeks – you would have gotten slap happy too. We didn’t have a house - every sorority was housed in 1 dorm and each house had their own fl Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.So excited for a new Lisa Patton book!! Its been too long since her last trilogy. Ah Rush…. Or as we called it Hell Week and the Troll Patrol. Yes we were horrible – we were also amped up on too many diet sodas and candy bars for a few weeks – you would have gotten slap happy too. We didn’t have a house - every sorority was housed in 1 dorm and each house had their own floor. I sometimes feel like I would have missed out on the “house” experience but then I heard stories like those from UCLA who slept 10 girls to a room and missing out on a $7-10k per year Greek experience expense and I’m okay with my suitemates.What I loved: Shout out to Blue Mountain, MS – one of my daughter’s friends plays on their softball team at Blue Mountain College but my favorite part of the book was Ms Patton’s afterwords once the story was completed for the who/what/where/why of how this book came about and I do agree with every bit and reason. What I didn’t love: It scares me that people still think that way and it breaks my heart. On the other hand – it also bums me out that my daughter has selected a small college with no Greek system in order to play softball and I’m sad I will not be able to pin my badge on her during initiation.What I learned: This was like a modern day version of The Help without the chocolate pie.Overall Grade: Awww.FluffSmutandMurder.com
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited when I realized there was a new book out by Lisa Patton. I enjoyed reading the adventures of LeeLee in the Dixie series. I was immediately drawn into Rush and felt like I was at the Alpha Delt house.I loved the story, characters and writing style. The book alternates between Miss Pearl, Cali Watkins and Wilda Woodcock, all whom I enjoyed reading about and their interactions they had with other characters. Then there was the Lilith Whitmore. The "she-devil" herself, who would do any I was excited when I realized there was a new book out by Lisa Patton. I enjoyed reading the adventures of LeeLee in the Dixie series. I was immediately drawn into Rush and felt like I was at the Alpha Delt house.I loved the story, characters and writing style. The book alternates between Miss Pearl, Cali Watkins and Wilda Woodcock, all whom I enjoyed reading about and their interactions they had with other characters. Then there was the Lilith Whitmore. The "she-devil" herself, who would do anything to get her daughter into the Alpha delta sorority. I was not aware of all that went into rushing a sorority with the recs and all the interviews, so I found that part of the book quite informative. I can't believe someone would pay $20,000 to decorate a dorm room, but I'm sure it happens!!!I loved reading the personal note at the end of the book. I think it added even more to the book, which revolves around friendship, racism and love and kindness. I definitely recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and the author, Lisa Patton, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
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  • MaryAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Having never been in a sorority, reading Rush gave me an interesting peek into what rush means and the reason women want to join a sorority. On top of that, this book was so filled with compassion, love and caring that I was instantly drawn in and I hated to see it end.Instead of being focused exclusively on themselves, several of the main characters were shown to be wise beyond their years, trying to include others and make their lives better, even the people that appeared to have everything.I Having never been in a sorority, reading Rush gave me an interesting peek into what rush means and the reason women want to join a sorority. On top of that, this book was so filled with compassion, love and caring that I was instantly drawn in and I hated to see it end.Instead of being focused exclusively on themselves, several of the main characters were shown to be wise beyond their years, trying to include others and make their lives better, even the people that appeared to have everything.I really enjoyed not only the "be the change" moral (if you will) of the story, but I also appreciated the well rounded characters that made me feel like I knew them. Easy read that will draw you in quickly, check it out.Thanks to Netgalley, the publishers and author for an early copy.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Such a heartfelt story full of compassion. It was such a nice read and after reading it I felt like a had a better idea of how life is like in the south. I was thoroughly entertained while reading this book. Lisa Patton has a skill in writing and uses it to help show the areas where there needs to be changes in society.
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  • aya
    January 1, 1970
    as a college student, i know it can be difficult to be aware of our institutional impact on communities, but RUSH took that concept and expressed it really well without being pushy or overwhelming and was also super funny at the same time. loved it!
  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful well written book. It sadly reflects some of the deplorable happenings in today's society- racists who insist they are not racist but in subtle ways put down people of different color. "Rush" tells the story of freshman students in a southern college anxious to be invited into a sorority. But- it tells so much more.We meet lies, deceit, bribery as some parents attempt to have their daughters accepted to the most prestigious sororities. Then we find their daughters, the students, rall A wonderful well written book. It sadly reflects some of the deplorable happenings in today's society- racists who insist they are not racist but in subtle ways put down people of different color. "Rush" tells the story of freshman students in a southern college anxious to be invited into a sorority. But- it tells so much more.We meet lies, deceit, bribery as some parents attempt to have their daughters accepted to the most prestigious sororities. Then we find their daughters, the students, rallying for better treatment and higher wages for the workers. Their efforts bring them a feeling of love, camaraderie, forgiveness, of the power of goodness.Definitely a good novel!
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  • Virginia Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! As a former Rush Chair and involved sorority member, I am SO impressed by the accuracy of Ms. Patton's writing. She got it all right. As I read, I had to consciously stop myself from telling all of my friends and former classmates about what happens, because I know how much they’re going to appreciate it and get behind the message. I really think it's going to be a HIT with my age group because it is more relevant to them than any young-adult novels that are popular right now. I loved this book! As a former Rush Chair and involved sorority member, I am SO impressed by the accuracy of Ms. Patton's writing. She got it all right. As I read, I had to consciously stop myself from telling all of my friends and former classmates about what happens, because I know how much they’re going to appreciate it and get behind the message. I really think it's going to be a HIT with my age group because it is more relevant to them than any young-adult novels that are popular right now. Also, now - more than ever - people my age are involving themselves in conversations promoting equality, and I think this book is going to fuel that fire even more (after reading it I realize that this is something that desperately needs to happen!) The book is truly so eye-opening and unique, and I really think that if put into the right hands (young adults) it’ll spread like wildfire. I read it in under 24 hours. Not many books could keep me from turning on Netflix, but this one surely did!
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  • Nancy Mijangos
    January 1, 1970
    Uplifting novel about social injustice and campus life in the deep south. The ending was a bit fairy tale-ish, but I truly wish that change could be wrought so simply and loved it.
  • Leith Devine
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I've lived in a sorority house in one of the chapters mentioned in the book at a school in the South. I've been an advisor for years, and have sat through many rush and house meetings. The book brought me back to my college years in an instant. I liked the way Lisa Patton dealt with racism in the book while keeping the book entertaining.The people described in the book are exaggerated stereotypes, but the author makes a strong point. All families have problems no matt I really enjoyed this book. I've lived in a sorority house in one of the chapters mentioned in the book at a school in the South. I've been an advisor for years, and have sat through many rush and house meetings. The book brought me back to my college years in an instant. I liked the way Lisa Patton dealt with racism in the book while keeping the book entertaining.The people described in the book are exaggerated stereotypes, but the author makes a strong point. All families have problems no matter how much money they have and we are more alike than we are different.I highly recommend this book. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Noreen Anastasia
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advance copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. At first glance, and reading the description, I thought this novel would be about the trials and tribulations of freshman year of college and of joining a sorority. I was wrong. The story, on the surface, centers around three young women entering into their first Rush season, as well as the involvement of their families. While that may be described as the main plot, the center, what Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advance copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. At first glance, and reading the description, I thought this novel would be about the trials and tribulations of freshman year of college and of joining a sorority. I was wrong. The story, on the surface, centers around three young women entering into their first Rush season, as well as the involvement of their families. While that may be described as the main plot, the center, what this novel is really about is the inherent racism in Greek life in the South. It's about the love shared between these young, privileged white women with their black household staff. The audience really comes to understand how the women can be so blind when it comes to how poorly the staff are treated (little pay, no vacation, no benefits at all). And, in this case, how "Miss Pearl" is the beloved mother these women all needed over the years. It's at times intentionally frustrating, but ultimately an uplifting novel about race relations in this microcosm of life. The writer's afterword hopes that her novel may aid in these current conditions, and I can't help but to agree.
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  • Will
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a gift from the author and I unexpectedly loved it! Felt compelled to change the way I look at the people around me.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Rush: A Greek DramaA story told in three voices, we meet some of the hopeful, former, and present ladies of Alpha Delta Beta. It was an interesting look behind the scenes at what goes into keeping a sorority house running and also the process of selecting future members. While it does tackle classism and racism it is a quick and light read. Best served with a tall glass of sweet tea.
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  • Eileen Keane
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't join a sorority when I was in college, so I didn't know much about the Rush process. The lives of the staff in the house revolve around the girls, becoming a second family for them. The alumnae guide and, sometimes, sabotage the process behind the scenes. The girls become their best or worse selves to impress the upper classmen who make the decisions.Miss Pearl is a shining star and housekeeper in the sorority house; she listens to the girls and helps them find their way. Cali is a pled I didn't join a sorority when I was in college, so I didn't know much about the Rush process. The lives of the staff in the house revolve around the girls, becoming a second family for them. The alumnae guide and, sometimes, sabotage the process behind the scenes. The girls become their best or worse selves to impress the upper classmen who make the decisions.Miss Pearl is a shining star and housekeeper in the sorority house; she listens to the girls and helps them find their way. Cali is a pledge; she worries that her lack of "pedigree" will keep her on the outside looking in. Ellie is a "legacy"; she has a sure shot getting rushed. Together, the two of them become a force for change.The story takes place during the freshman fall semester at Ol Miss University, and we follow Cali, Ellie and the rest of the pledges as they go through the rush process. In the same house, but in an alternate reality, Miss Pearl and the staff keep the house running smoothly until tragedy strikes. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. By the end, I was fully engaged-I wanted the best for all of them.
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