Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Rush’.


Hey everyone – you made it through week #1 of the time change! I keep hearing people talk about it, and I feel like this is the first year it really seems off – I am a little more tired at earlier hours… and it’s still a little more difficult to get out of bed.

And it doesn’t help that pets just don’t understand time changes! Poor Blanche is ready to go to bed much earlier, and I have yet to change the clock on her automatic feeder, so her food drops at a whopping 5am!

Speaking of Blanche, Blanche’s Book Club read a GOODIE this week! I’m talking about “Rush” by Lisa Patton. Before I go any further, here is the book’s description from Lisa Patton’s website:

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 and their 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.

I added this book to my reading list after seeing it on Kathleen Barnes’ (from “Carrie Bradshaw Lied” Instagram account. She went to Ole Miss, and as I went to LSU, I figured this one would be a good one.I was also in a sorority and went through rush, or Greek Recruitment, so there were many parts of this book that were relatable to me.

This put a fresh perspective on a very old problem – albeit a very visible problem.I am really glad that someone chose to write about this topic, and Lisa Patton did it in a graceful way. I am adding her to my list of authors to keep an eye on – she’s written other books, including: “Southern as a Second Language“, “Yankee Doodle Dixie“, and “Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter“.

I’m recommending “Rush” to anyone who went through rush, and/or joined a sorority, and anyone who’s a fan of southern literature.

The next book I’ll be reading is “Dear Evan Hansen” by Val Emmich (super stoked about this one)!This weekend is the first one in a long time where I have 0 plans – which likely means I’ll be making some Christmas ornaments for my Etsy shop and catching up on all my TV shows 🙂 Have a good one, y’all!

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