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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,060 ratings  ·  605 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
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 my
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
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 their hearts on the line for a welcome into a social system the ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 the deep south.

The story is told from varying pers
Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Elyse  Walters
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Patton....a lifelong Southerner. I started this novel on the airplane back to California from Cancun, and immediately enjoyed the humor - and characters. I started laughing so hard - I couldn’t get the words out when I tried to share a scene with Paul. It was one of those contagious laughs.

I told him - “College dorm culture seems to have changed since our daughters went”. He was curious of where I was going with this. Apparently there is such a thing as a
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Jan)
Enjoyed it

The setting of Ole Miss Campus and the sorority house. Great character development. I really got to know the characters and enjoyed following their individual stories.

A lot of heartfelt scenes.

Loved Miss Pearl! The Alpha Delt housekeeper and confidant of the girls.

A good dose of family drama, and Full of southern charm. A perfect balance that was a lot of fun to read!

Published in 2018/ Reading my backlist/ book I own
Jamie Rosenblit
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking story of fairness, empowerment and forgiveness.


It’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.

For 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 with them when they get good news. When an opportunity
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ninja
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 Pearl the longtime housekeeper at Alpha Delt, Wilda who’
Patti Henry
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 like to apply for a new promotion in the house, Lilith has a l
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4 the times they are a changing stars
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"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 in this commendable book called Rush

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Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh an Ole Miss sorority alum I feel like 2 stars is a betrayal. I picked this up at Square Books in Oxford while on a girls reunion trip for goodness sakes. There were moments I thought it was a fun read, but honestly only due to all the references I happen to get.

Perhaps this just isn’t my kind of writing style, and that’s okay. There were countless, repetitive phrases that made me physically cringe (“mosey” is actually not needed every other paragraph. “Chocolate sister”? I CANT.)

Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The power of women gathering is immeasurable “
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 and The Help. I was completely invested in the story and
Sherri Thacker
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rush was just ok for me. Since I was never in a sorority, I felt lost throughout this book and just couldn’t connect to anything these girls went through. I know I’m in the minority with my 2 star rating but I’m disappointed overall. Oh well. Just wasn’t for me and that’s ok.
I loved, loved this book! It was so heartfelt and reminded me of rush week when I was in college! It made me (almost) long for those days. But this book is so much more than that; I'm a southern girl who grew up knowing from as far as I can remember that getting into the "best" sorority was a thing, being a sorority legacy is a BIG thing, and this book really highlighted how that's such a part, at least for many southern girls who rush, such a very big deal (I was a Tri Delta, just like my mom Δ ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Hutchinson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was cringeworthy with almost every character a total cliche. The ending was painfully cheesy and contrived. I could say a lot more but I personally feel the author didn’t develop her characters and if anything, it’s an indictment of the elitist sorority system. I’m done. 🎤
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2018
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 just can’t help but adore her!

During pledge things go amuck pro
Cindi Marshall
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was originally charmed by the descriptions of college life at the tradition-filled Ole Miss, but the writing gets hackneyed pretty quickly, the characters are one-note, the evil villianess plot goes over the top, and the White Savior storyline of rich white girls congratulating themselves on being woke is really tough to take.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sorority life in the Deep South with a huge helping of generational racism, a myriad of traditions, female friendships & a generous finish of feminism & human rights. That’s a lot for a book, right? Somehow Lisa Patton pulls it off in Rush.

First, Lisa Patton NAILS SEC Gameday! I’ve had the chance to venture to many an SEC ga
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
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.
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW! I enjoyed this novel so much more than I'd expected! Lisa Patton is a new-to-me author and now I'd love to read her previous novels.

On the recommendation of a friend, I requested a copy of RUSH from my local library; while I have not personally experienced sorority life (I was not interested during my college years), I have many friends who were members of university sororities and remember their experiences during our time together. I love novels with a university setting, especially in th
Paula Pugh
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa Patton, author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language, and Rush, is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She has over 20 years experience working in the music and entertainment business, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She lives in Nashvi ...more

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