PLOT– Taylor Bell recalls her true story of her time in the Beta Zeta sorority at a college in Delaware. Initially, Bell is reluctant to join the sorority, but as a legacy, she is actively pursued to rush.
LIKE– I picked up Dirty Rush based on positive professional reviews and a fun endorsement from Jen Lancaster. I adore Jen Lancaster. Somehow, I didn’t realize that Dirty Rush was based on a true story until I had started reading, which made everything even more outrageous.
I was never in a sorority and the colleges that I attended didn’t even have them. I don’t think any of my close friends were in sororities or fraternities. Basically, I’m unfamiliar with them, except for what I’ve seen in popular culture. That said, I find the entire set-up fascinating. I just can’t understand who would willingly put themselves through rushing and dealing with all of the drama. Bell does come out of the experience with some close friends, but I’m definitely not convinced of she wouldn’t have made deep connections if a sorority hadn’t been part of her college experience. Her friendships are solidified when the president of the sorority goes after Bell, releasing a doctored sex tape and trying to assassinate Bell’s character while getting her tossed from Beta Zeta, Some of the other sorority members see what is happening and as Bell gathers proof, they stand by her side. There is a surprise twist when we find out about a terrible secret that Bell’s older sister, a former sorority member, has kept hidden from her sister. Bell’s story is truly shocking.
I loved that Bell was able to get Rebecca Martinson ( the sorority president who went viral for her scathing rush instruction email) to write a forward. It sets the tone for the entire book, letting the reader know that Bell has a good sense of humor regarding her experiences. Despite the intense bullying that Bell endures, her memoir has plenty of laughs.
DISLIKE– This is a guilty pleasure read. A few years ago, I would have been embarrassed to admit to reading Dirty Rush. But you know what? I’m going to own it. Sometimes, you need a little trashy reading.
RECOMMEND – Dirty Rush is certainly not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s shocking and has a scandalous/ TMZ type of vibe. Bell’s humor and the quick pace make this a perfect beach read. I enjoyed the ride.