Rush by Lisa Patton
Release Date: August 19, 2018
Free review copy courtesy of St. Martin's Press
College days were some of the best times of my life. Sorority Rush (and living in the house) is what made those days so amazing. In fact, thanks to my college’s Greek Life, I met my husband….granted I didn’t really talk to him very much those days that we were both in houses right down the street. But that’s another story for another time.
Reading Rush brought me right back to the Sigma Kappa front door. SO MUCH of the book was so very accurate and portrayed sorority Rush beautifully. However, those sections about rush, and sorority craziness were short, it wasn’t the entire book. This book is so very much more than a story about a bunch of girls pledging a sorority. It’s Southern fiction at its finest. It also talks about some pretty contraversial things. There’s a depth to it that was so lovely and so unexpected.
You don’t need to have been in a sorority to appreciate this book. Yes, flashbacks of bid day will happen, but aren’t necessary to the reading experience. The detail Lisa Patton writes these scenes gives you just enough information to know what it would feel like to be there.
This book is perfect for fans of Southern fiction, those wanting to relive thier sorority days (or pretend they are rushing right alongside Cali and Ellie) and for fans of The Help (lots of parrallels there)
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy to review. Below is the Goodreads Synopsis to read more about the book.
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. Goodreads Synopsis