Rush by Sara Bennett WealerMaddie is desperate to escape her bland high school experience and pledge the best sorority on Baldwin's campus-- Sigma Theta Kappa. She finally deserves this after years of being invisible and under-appreciated in her hometown.
Imogen is a NYC socialite who came to Baldwin to escape the pressure and watchful eyes. She's going through rush and kind of agreed to pledge her mother's legacy, Sigma, even though it's not really her thing.
Cass is a Sigma sister and struggling to coincide what the sisterhood really is like, and what it could/should be. If things don't change soon, she's not sure she can continue to be apart of the Greek Life world.
Confession time: I was in a sorority in college.
I'm telling you this because it was why I could relate to this book so much. Of course, my sorority was WAY laid back compared to the one featured in this book-- we didn't have some big mansion-house that we lived in, we didn't follow all the strict rules, and we definitely didn't take ourselves so seriously-- but a lot of the rushing process was the same. And this book kind of confirmed all he reasons I didn't LOVE being in it (and all the reasons I ultimately went inactive).
Rush is only about the formal rushing process. It usually happens during the first month of the fall semester and takes about a week. It's basically where the college gets together a group of girls that are interested in pledging and they take those girls to all the sororities to see which is the best fit for them. It's a very superficial process. I know my sorority was very concerned about getting girls that "looked good" so that we'd get mixers with the "good" fraternities.
The thing I liked about this book is that it was entertaining. Compared to other more serious books that I've rated as high as this one, it wouldn't hold up, but I'm rating it for what it is (dramatic, fun, entertainment) and it totally did it's job on that.
I loved reading about Maddie and her being such a rule-follower. It was pretty comical the lengths she would go to make sure everyone was doing things by the book. Don't get me wrong, she was super annoying at times, but this book wouldn't have been the same without her goody-goody ways. And I felt bad for Cass because I think there are a lot of us who pledge sororities only to find out it's a lot more bitchy and shallow than what you expected. Imogen was my least favorite because she was sort of flaky and a tad conceited.
This was definitely a guilty-pleasure book. It doesn't go deep into any issues and is purely just a fun read. I didn't think the writing was outstanding, but it didn't stand out as bad either. I would recommend for anyone in college or anyone planning to go to college.
OVERALL: I had FUN reading this guilty pleasure book. It's not a deep book, but it's entertaining and shows a lot of the realities of sorority life. I hope you give this a try if you're in the mood for drama and lightness.
Date Published: 11/15/2016
How I got this book: Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read and honestly review this book.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Add it to your To-Read List!!
This Book Contains:
- Rural New York state
- College life
- Greek life
- Sorority traditions
- A "paranormal" element
- Drinking/Drug use
- Best friend to boyfriend relationship
My Rating: 4/5
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