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, American, Southern

Reviews Rush

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • J.T.
    This book epitomizes the phrase “be the solution.”Bravo!
  • 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. ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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
    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 ...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    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 W...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Laurie
    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...
  • Virginia Kay
    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 tha...
  • Nancy Mijangos
    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
    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 ...
  • Noreen Anastasia
    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 ma...
  • Will
    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
    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.
  • Eileen Keane
    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 g...