TGIF book lovers!
Excited to share with you my review for this spectacularly southern story! Filled with heart and hope!💕
Rush by Lisa Patton
5 Spectacularly Southern Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was a buddy read with one of my book Besties Mackenzie… she started before I did and said the book was reminiscent of “The Help“ and I’d have to agree…. both books have a very similar vibe and this is very high praise because “The Help” is one of my all-time favorite books…. A lot of this book focuses on the Greek system at Ole Miss…. by Greek system I mean social sororities and fraternities and buy Ole Mis I mean University of Mississippi… I myself was in a sorority when I was in college and both my older kids are currently in a Greek social organization at their universities…. I thought perhaps because of this tie in I liked the book more but my reading buddy Mackenzie Who is not Greek enjoyed it just as much as me! Because really whether you are Greek or not, southern or not, American or not, at its heart this book is about compassion, acceptance, change, family, and friendship….
This book was told from three alternating points of view… Cali A college freshman with a less than stellar pedigree but a heart of gold… Wilda A helicopter mother of a girl who is a freshman as well and Cali’s New BFF… Pearl the cleaning lady and in house “psychologist“ at the ΑΔΒ sorority house….
Pearl is very loved by all theΑΔ sisters… she is their mother away from home, and the girls probably tell her more than they would tell their actual mothers…. Pearl was a tremendously likable character, I seriously wanted a big hug from her and wish she had been part of my college experience…. this part of the story really focused on the change that is needed… and racial inequality as well as social inequality… it also was a very hopeful part of the story… I truly believe today’s youth are so much more accepting then previous generations and it gives me so much hope for our future…. The sorority girls actions in the story were a wonderful example of this….
The other part of the book was about sorority recruitment at a huge SEC school where it is pretty cutthroat…. Cali is not a legacy none of her relatives have ever been Greek… and from what I understand this is a huge deal in the south… living in California sorority/fraternity recruitment/Rush is an entirely different animal than in the south where it is the end-all and be-all of who you are during your college days… A lot of this is because the south is so steeped in tradition… this book really showed the ugly side of sorority rush and how dirty it can be… what house you get into is so important and sometimes it is more important to these girl’s mothers then it is to the girls themselves…. now some of the shenanigans and outcomes in this book I’m not sure could actually happen, but this is fiction… and the author went to the University of Alabama so she’d know better than me! how competitive sorority recruitment has become was really demonstrated well in this book…. but I absolutely loved Cali’s attitude she wasn’t concerned with getting into a “top“ house she just wanted a sisterhood to belong to… Cali was such a wonderful character sweet, smart, humble, compassionate, just the kind of girl you’d want your daughter to be friends with and you’d want your son to date… I enjoyed this part of the book it brought back memories and my daughter just went through sorority recruitment a couple years ago…. I also liked how it painted a different picture of sororities then a lot of other books, it focus more on the sisterhood and their philanthropic activities, rather than partying…. and I really think this book painted the Greek system in a positive light more than anything else…
This book really had so much heart, at its very core it was really about the bonds between females… young and old… rich and poor… sister or not… it was about growing and learning and changing and learning who you really are…. I fell in love with each and everyone of these characters and hated the book to end because I did not want to say goodbye…. this book will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart!
Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for an uplifting hopeful story filled with an amazing cast of characters you won’t soon forget!
*** many thanks to Saint martins press for my copy of this delightful book ***
Just thought I’d share that I am a ΖΤΑ and the mother of a ΚΚΓ and a ΒΘΠ
🌟 as I mentioned in my review this was a buddy read with Mackenzie I encourage you to check out her fabulous review! The girl has a way with words!
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 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. (less)
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Have a lovely weekend! Berit☀️✨