Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review of Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell

In this shockingly true-to-life novel written by an all-star team of Internet phenoms from the Total Frat Move generation, you’ll get the first true glimpse of “real” sorority life in all its f**ked up glory.
Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell is what happens when you take the creative minds behind Babe Walker (author of the New York Times bestselling White Girl Problems series) and add Rebecca Martinson to the mix. Rebecca Martinson—yes, that bitch—the former Delta Gamma sister responsible for the scathing, expletive-filled email that verbally assaulted her entire chapter for being “so f**king boring” at social functions, and threatened to “c*nt punt” every last one of them if their behavior didn’t shape up. Dirty Rush is a no-holds-barred look at what really happens when you “go Greek.”
Taylor Bell comes from a long line of Beta Zeta sorority sisters, who all expect her to pledge upon starting at the university. But Taylor has other plans: she’s determined to give her family the proverbial middle finger and destroy the rich tradition they hold so dear by eschewing sorority life altogether. However, Taylor’s resolve soon melts when she falls in with a group of hilarious, ultra-saucy girls, who introduce her to all things Greek and soften her to the idea of joining. Resigned to the fate the Greek gods have dealt her, Taylor pledges Beta Zeta and embarks on a collegiate career filled with the kind of carousing sure to make any sorority sister proud.
Soon, Taylor’s experience as a BZ starts to feel like a jacked-up, drug-infused, and X-rated fairy tale—especially when reality comes crashing down and a rather lewd sex tape is leaked. The girl in the video looks a lot like Taylor. Has Taylor gone off the deep end? Or is someone trying to frame her? Unless she can prove her innocence and re-ingratiate herself with the sisters who’ve accused her of leaking the video in a Kim Kardashian–style bid for attention, Taylor is at risk of losing everything she’s fought (partied) so hard for.

The blurb for this book made it sound interesting. I did the whole sorority/fraternity thing in college and have fond memories of that time in life. So I understand how things work realistically. Yes, there are politics, hazing (depending on the sorority, definitely in frats.), different levels of intelligence, boys, alcohol (drugs for some, not the majority), parties, secrets, and crazy drama. This book was not as I hoped. There are also so many great things that go on too. Study hall (my grades crazy improved), we supported some amazing organizations, worked for free to send money to organizations, helped others on campus, played sports with other sororities, make connections that last a lifetime, and great memories. 
My point in all of that, was the story was told by a mouthy sorority girl and half of what happened was soooo unrealistic. Not even remotely close to anything that happens. Sex hazing??? What sorority is going to deny you if you don't perform sexual acts of their choosing? Lines, they were crossed a lot.
While the story had a plot, was executed like a novel should be, and with minimal mistakes, it wasn't what it could have been. I'm disappointed in how disrespectful the characters in this book were, even the ones that were 'good'. 
This book is a 2.5 star listen, so I am rounding up to 3 stars.