Rush by Lisa Patton


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...

Details Rush

Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Rush

  • Berit☀️✨
    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 sororitie...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    Heart-warming, emotional, and thought-provoking…Rush is not what I expected—it is better! I’ve always been fascinated by the Greek system. My own undergraduate didn’t have a Greek system, so who knows if I would have Rushed a sorority myself, but I am intellectually and socially intrigued by the whole process. I started this book knowing I’d like it—who wouldn’t? Sorority rushing, an old southern legacy campus, teenage girls putting...
  • Brandice
    Rush by Lisa Patton is a modern day story set at Ole Miss, where a new pledge class begins their journey into sorority life. The story encompasses many modern themes - the variation in class and background of students at college, particularly at big universities; the high standards including social and financial pressures often associated with traditional Greek life; and the unfortunate, still prevalent, racism in today’s society, especially in...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    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 re...
  • Obsidian
    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 o...
  • Lisa
    A thought-provoking story of fairness, empowerment and forgiveness. ⭐⭐⭐⭐SUMMARYIt’s the run up to Rush week at Ole Miss in Oxford Mississippi. This is the story about women from all rungs on the social ladder, discovering their voices, courage and empowerment.PearlFor 25 years, Miss Pearl has been housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delta girls. She listens to their stories, holds their hands when they are sick, and celebrates...
  • Amy
    I was never in a sorority but Greek life has always fascinated me so when I read the description of Rush I was all in. It had the added bonus of being set in the South and I’m a sucker for southern fiction as well and this one was oozing good old fashioned southern charm with a side of, oh bless her heart sass. It was witty, fun and I felt like I got a secret look behind the scenes of sorority life.There are three points of view here, Miss Pear...
  • Patti Henry
    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 unf...
  • Victoria
    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 microagg...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. This is how Rush by Lisa Patton made me feel. It is a beautiful book that touches on race, and was reminiscent of a Jodi Picoult novel.What it's about: Miss Pearl has been working at the sorority of Alpha Delt at Ole Miss for the past 25 years as a housekeeper and virtual mother to the girls, but when she tells the new House Corp President Lilith Whitmore that she would l...
  • Janet
    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 th...
  • Marialyce
    4 the times they are a changing starsMy reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres..."Sisterhood is the essence of all the wisdom of the ages, distilled into a single word. You cannot see sisterhood, neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is a pat on the back, a smile of encouragement. It's someone to share with, to celebrate your achievements." Finding sisterhood is fully explored...
  • J.T.
    This book epitomizes the phrase “be the solution.”Bravo!
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    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-...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    “The power of women gathering is immeasurable “Unknown.Y’all I have been fortunate to read some amazing Southern Fiction this Summer and this one, my goodness. It did not disappoint..Set in modern day Mississippi, told from three point of views. A student and potential Sorority sister, Cali...a mom and an alumni, Wilda...and a beloved staff member at the sorority house, Pearl. Rush immediately reminded me of a cross between Legally Blonde a...
  • Roshni
    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 i...
  • Sharlene
    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, ...
  • Cindi Marshall
    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. ...
  • Maya
    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 especial...
  • Leanne
    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
    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 ...
  • Lori Boyd
    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 ...
  • aya
    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!
  • Carol
    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
  • Tammy
    4 ☆ Rush takes place in the (present day) picturesque Southern town of Oxford, Mississippi at Ole Miss where a new pledge class is put through the ringer to join a sorority. Inside the Alpha Delta house is where you’ll find the sweet and personable Miss Pearl who’s not only the sorority home’s housekeeper but goes beyond her paid duties by taking special care of the Alpha Delt girls - or as she refers to them.. “all her babies”. You j...
  • Sara Harrison
    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 a...
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    Thank you to 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 sor...
  • Joan
    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 kno...
  • MaryAnn
    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, e...
  • Sarah
    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.