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review 2018-08-31 13:22
Rush - Lisa Patton

3.5 STARS

 

I had to keep reminding myself that this was set in 2016.     There were times that I felt like I was back in the dark ages.    I felt like Pearl was 100 years old, not 44 (same age as me), with the way she talked about her babies.  Rush takes place in the South at Ole Miss and I realize there is racism everywhere but it seemed like we were back in the times of segregation.    This is a book that not everyone is going to love.   The talk of racism is not a topic that everyone can handle.   Lisa Patton takes a topic that is not easy and turns it into a story that teaches lessons, opens eyes, and gives a history lesson all in one.

 

The story is told from many different perspectives.    It is easy to follow and know who is telling their story.   I loved hearing about the college life from different POVs.  Each character had their own opinions and it was interesting to learn how they viewed college, rushing, their families, and the south.     Cali and Ellie are my favorites.    They took what could have been a horrible situation and changed their town, their families, and their college experiences.   

 

Rush is a book that will empower our youth, open the reader's eyes to changes that must be made in the world, and tell a story that will stay with you.    

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text 2018-05-01 22:02
Books I Read This Month: April 2018
Head On - John Scalzi
Star-Touched Stories - Roshani Chokshi
Renegades - Marissa Meyer
Rush - Lisa Patton

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I read 35 books this month. I had a lot of five star reads and a lot more DNFs this month too. I just don't have the patience to force feed myself a book I am not enjoying these days. 

 

5 stars

Broken Harbor by Tana FrenchThe Trespasser by Tana FrenchSeptember by Rosamunde PilcherDeath and Night by Roshani Chokshi

Head On by John ScalziMarch by John LewisDust to Dust by Tami HoagThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldStar-Touched Stories by Roshani ChokshiThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

 

4 stars

One Way or Another by Colleen ColemanThe Other Woman by Sandie JonesThe Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill MansellBlue Bedroom and Other Stories by Rosamunde Pilcher

Flowers in the Rain by Rosamunde PilcherGlass Houses by Louise PennyThe Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T. CarterThe Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

 

3 stars

Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie MacomberThe Secret Place by Tana FrenchEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanH is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

The Worried Man by Lisa M. LillyThe Distant Hours by Kate Morton

 

2 stars

Girls' Night Out by Liz FentonSong of Blood & Stone by L. PenelopeThe Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

 

1 star

After You by Jojo MoyesRushYou Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

 

DNF

Renegades by Marissa MeyerMore than Neighbors by Isabel KeatsTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

 

My favorite book is going to be a tie between "Head On" and "Star-Touched Stories." My least favorite is going to have to be a tie again. That is between "Renegades" and "Rush."

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review 2018-04-16 15:56
That's a No From Me
Rush - Lisa Patton

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 people poorer, but when that same character did a well both sides are at fault here when discussing racism in America. You just got the Beyonce "Boy Bye" middle finger wave from me here. "Rush" seemed like a funny send up of sorority life in America. Too bad it was not. 

 

"Rush" is mimicking "The Help". We get multiple POVs. We got a black character talking about taking care of her babies (she's only 44). We got a white character who is going to do what she can to make things better not only for the woman she has supposedly grown close to after speaking to her I think twice at this point in the book, but for all of the staff (the help) that work at the sorority. We also have another character who is foolish as the day as long. 


"Rush" starts off with Miss Pearl talking about her babies and taking care of the girls of Alpha Delta Beta for 25 years. Miss Pearl is going nowhere fast. She works the sorority, but does not get paid during the summer when the school/sorority is closed, and is struggling to make ends meet. When a possible promotion arises to House Mother, Miss Pearl is encouraged by her aunt (who is also a cook at the sorority) but the current House Mother as well. 

 

The second POV comes from Wilda. She's nervous about her daughter going to Ole Miss since that means she is now officially an empty-nester. When an opportunity comes up that will allow her to keep an eye on her daughter and also volunteer for Alpha Delta Beta she jumps at the chance. 

 

Cali Watkins is struggling to fit in at Ole Miss. She has a secret she is hiding from not only her roommate (Jasmine) but also her new best friend Ellie (Wilda's mother). 


The three POVs did not work together very well at all.

 

Miss Pearl's voice was way too subservient to me. Even when she was having problems with a fellow worker, she just seemed way too passive. There is even a scene where one of her "babies" touches her hair without permission and instead of telling her not to touch her hair, goes to herself, well some of these girls parents didn't teach them manners (eyeroll). I also really really hated this character talking about racism and giving one of the secondary characters (Lilith Whitmore) a free pass for her racism and outright hatred towards her at the end of this book. You can't be forgiven for something if I don't really think you even absorb what you did. The book fast forwards to two weeks later so I guess that's enough time for people to just not be racist anymore. 

 

I was bored by Cali's POV from beginning to end. Her supposed close relationship to Miss Pearl didn't even work since they don't meet until around the 60 percent mark. Cali saying she felt close to Miss Pearl on bid day just didn't ring true. You all talked for maybe 10 minutes. When Cali and Ellie decide to fight Lilith Whitmore the book just didn't ring true at all. I have not been part of a sorority. I was chased after during my undergraduate years to join, but I was not in the mood to be part of something where the majority of the sororities were predominantly white. Even girls who joined who were African American were very very light skinned. This was all back in 1997 by the way. So though I have not been part of the Greek life as they say. I have a hard time with the way the events in this book are portrayed. I don't want to spoil things for potential readers, but a few times I went, yeah sure that doesn't make any sense at all, but whatever. 

 

Wilda's POV should have been in a separate book. Frankly I was more interested in her POV. Dealing with two sons who are grown living their separate lives. She has her youngest daughter at Ole Miss. However, she gets caught up with keeping up with the Jones's and agrees to have her daughter room with Lilith Whitmore's daughter. That is the beginning of a disaster of her own making. When it comes up that the girls should split the cost of a dorm room decorator (yeah I was nonplussed myself) Wilda goes behind her husband's back to make sure he has no idea what she has done. Wilda has some backbone here and there. She actually calls out Lilith's racism to her face, but she still like all other characters in this book were so passive. 


The secondary characters were not developed very well. We have uber racist Lilith Whitmore who does remind me of so many white people I have met in my life. When she tries to explain later about why she is the way she is I rolled my eyes a thousand times. Go kick rocks.


Wilda's daughter Ellie would have been a better POV or at least a better additional POV. I really didn't get much a sense from her besides she really liked Cali, and could not stand rooming with Lilith's daughter (Annie Laurie). Speaking of Annie Laurie, she was just nasty for nasty sake and once again got a redemption that was not deserved at all. 


I will say that Wilda's husband was interesting and they seemed like a pretty happy couple. I wish that we had seen more fall-out discussion between them after all the secrets Wilda was hiding comes out. 

 

The writing was okay. I can at least say you will definitely know the characters voices are separate. I just didn't care for all of the characters. I also thought the flow was up and down too much. We would have Cali talking to Miss Pearl and then the book would jump to the next chapter that was still Cali's POV. The POVs I don't think were evenly distributed. I can't tell in my ARC version very well, so will say that it seems that Wilda and Cali got more POVs than Miss Pearl did.  

 

This book takes place in 2016 and I love that the author does not only mention the Presidential election, but manages to get some digs at Obama in there. Taking place at Ole Miss, which is obviously in Mississippi just about killed me. I guess we are not going to talk about the atrocities that have occurred in that state. That state had the murder of James Craig Anderson in 2011 by a group of white teenagers. But you go ahead and tell me how black people need to let go of things that have happened in the "past" and move forward instead of blaming white people. 


The ending was more white savior nonsense. I just couldn't even get spun up about it at this point. Was glad to be done with this book. 

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text 2018-04-15 16:19
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Rush - Lisa Patton

I was officially over this book when the black character, Miss Pearl, said that there's been hurt on both sides between black people and white people and black people can't keep blaming white people for all their troubles. And forgives someone cause they must have learned racism from their family.  This book was white feminism to the 10th power.

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text 2018-04-15 00:44
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Rush - Lisa Patton

Eh still not feeling this. Besides the housemaid, we have POVs from one of the mom's and now a girl that wants to rush. There's also been some well you know how black people are comments from characters too.

 

I cleaned the house, ran errands, and soaked up the sun today. Ate a not great pulled pork sandwich in Del Ray and came home and cleaned my upper deck. It's supposed to rain tomorrow though. Next weekend is my vacation to Seattle and Portland. I cannot wait!

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